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September 2020

Over the past five years, we have used data and analytics to help the research and healthcare communities navigate the sea of research and to put collaboration, both interdisciplinary and international, at the heart of scientific progress on the SDGs. For the first time, we have published graphics covering all SDGs using data and insights from Scopus and SciVal. These graphics show key metrics for research output, collaboration and impact.
This special issue explores the influence that insects and other invertebrates have on ecosystem services and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and makes a case for insect science to promote a sustainability science approach.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages v-ix, ISSN 2214-5745,

In this editorial overview, we provide mini-reviews of insects' utility to achieve the SDGs, taking examples from both temperate and tropical countries.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 26, 2020, e00213, ISSN 2214-9937,

Buildings consume vast amounts of energy and pollute the environment in various ways but façades can play a significant role in reducing energy consumption and alleviating buildings' negative impacts on the environment. Through a case study of Shiraz, Iran, this article discusses how using smart materials in buildings' facades can help dramatically to attain SDGs 7, 9, 11 and 13.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 126, July 2020, 109836

This article addresses goals 7, 8, 9 and 13 with a specific focus on how photovoltaics (PV) can help the EU and UK achieve emission reduction goals and potentially create more than 100,000 new jobs.
This article addresses goals 7, 9, 12 and 13 with looking at six scenarios aimed at defossilated sustainable power systems in West Africa with the timeframe of 2015-2050.

High-tech products like batteries and electronics contain a variety of valuable, scarce, and in some cases potentially harmful materials, but in only a few exceptional cases (such as lead-acid batt


Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 56-61, ISSN 2214-5745,

Viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, known as arboviruses, pose a significant threat to human life and are a major burden on many health systems around the world. This article explores how Wolbachia, an invertebrate endosymbiont, can be used as a sustainable strategy for arbovirus control in alignment with many of the SDGs, including goals 3, 8, 9, 10, and 17.
This paper discusses the challenges in safely re-opening indoor sport centres and the measures already suggested by others to partly tackle these challenges. It also elaborates three potential additional measures and based on these additional measures, it suggests the concept of a certificate of equivalence that could allow indoor sports centers with such a certificate to re-open safely and more rapidly. It also attempts to stimulate increased preparedness of indoor sports centers that should allow them to remain open safely during potential next waves of SARS-CoV-2 as well as future pandemics. This contributes to SDGs 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16.