Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 109, December 2018, Pages 163-172.

Contributing to SDG's 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land), this review explores scientific progress in analytical methods, pollution characteristics and ecological effects of microplastics in soils.
This critical review aims to enhance the effectiveness and reliability of microplastic identification methods used within environmental research. This discussion advances SDG 9.5 (enhance scientific research) along with multiple SDGs in which microplastics impact, including SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 139-147.

Directly supporting SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land), this piece outlines current research on the accumulation of microplastics and their associated contaminants in a variety of organisms including humans.

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 150-159.

This critical review evaluates environmental microplastic research methodologies. Developing standardized sampling techniques may advance the efficiency, accuracy and ease of future microplastic research. Improved understanding of microplastic impacts will advance progress towards multiple SDG's.
PCC Systems community 10K Trees challenge
Supports Goal 15. The HPCC Systems community 10K Trees challenge has launched in conjunction with the National Forest Foundation’s effort to plant 50 million trees across the National Forests of the USA by 2023.
Field trial visit to the Center of Excellence for Rice in Malaysia, left to right: Shahrizal Abdul, Rob van Daalen, Raudhah Talib, Dr. Suzana Yusup, Noor Hafizah Ramli and Abu Bakar Ahmad.
The winner of the first ever Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge, Dr Suzana Yusup, invited Rob van Daalen (publisher Chemistry and initiator of the Challenge) to make a site visit to see the progress of her project "Biopesticide for Improvement of Paddy Yield". The visit made clear that the Elsevier sustainability program and specifically this challenge have a positive impact on health, environment and society in local communities in Malaysia, enhancing efforts to advance SDGs 1, 6, 12 and 15.
The state of nature report has revealed that more than half of UK wildlife species studied have declined since 1970. This decline has been linked to intensive farming practices although farm leaders have disputed the findings. Understanding these issues and the role of agriculture will contribute to the advancement of SDG 15.5 to take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species.