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Directly contributing to SDGs 7 (affordable and clean energy), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate action), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article analyses the feasibility of powering the Americas with renewable energy by 2030.
To achieve SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action) we need reliable and robust renewable energy sources. Solar photovoltaics (PV) is a very promising and rapidly growing technology (particularly in the developing world), but one of the problems of solar panels is that they “soil” – ie over time they become damaged by dust / pollution / animal waste / moss etc, and this limits their performance. This Joule study is the most accurate analysis of the impact of soiling, and sets out a pathway to how soiling can be mitigated.
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Ocean & Coastal Management, Volume 171, 1 April 2019, Pages 28-36,

This article contributes to SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 14 (life below water), highlighting the importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as effective instruments to conserve biodiversity and its resources.
Contributing to SDG 13 (climate action), this rigorous study shows that renewable electricity systems could work equally well in both historical and future climates, despite changing weather patterns.
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Joule, Volume 3, Issue 1, 16 January 2019, Pages 81-100

To achieve goals 7 and 13, we need more renewable energy, and yet the intermittency of renewable sources like wind or solar power means there is a pressing need to develop effective energy storage systems. This Joule study analyses the application-specific lifetime cost for a range of different electricity storage technologies. The analysis strongly suggests that specialized technologies are unlikely to compete with lithium ion battery storage for nearly all applications.
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Futures, Volume 105, January 2019, Pages 155-165.

Relating to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and 13 (Climate Action), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article explores the need for de-growth in developed nations as part of a global effort to tackle climate change and the structural sources of potential short-term wellbeing losses from a sociological perspective.
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Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 12, 2018, Pages 936-944.
 

This research directly relates to SDG 13 (climate action ) and SDG 14 (life below water). The authors here argue that we need to identify the coral reefs that are less vulnerable to climate change as they may be best positioned to survive and thus regenerate degraded coral reefs in the future.
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Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 13-20.

This article makes the case for transformative action in the food system to acheieve SDG 13 and UNFCCC agreements. Goal 12 is seen as central to this given the possibility of trade-offs between adaptation and mitigation, and amongst other SDGs.
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Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 136, Nov 2018, Pages 508-515.

This content contributes to SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).This article discusses the importance of combined biophysical and socio-economic sciences sharing knowledge with management communities, improving coral reef resilience in the face of global climate and ocean change.
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Chem, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 2008-2010.

This article develops SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) whilst contributing to SDG 12 and SDG 13 (responsible production and climate action). The expanding tools in the chemist’s toolbox of designed surfactants allows biomimicry at the molecular level. Now enabled to better mimic the natural world, future chemistries have the potential to be greener and more sustainable.

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