This Special Issue, bringing together articles from Science of the Total Environment; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Ecological Modelling, and Resources; Conservation and Recycling, highlights the increasing understanding that major systems servicing human well-being, food, energy and water (FEW) systems are inextricably connected, and any attempt to address one dimension in isolation of the others will lead to unexpected, undesired, and far from optimal consequences. Considering these three systems holistically as the Food-Energy-Water Nexus directly considers Sustainable Development Goals 2 (zero hunger), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), and 12 (responsible consumption and production).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 114, 2019, Pages 196-201.

This paper critically reviews current scientific knowledge surrounding microplastics in the environment, supporting SDGs 9.5 (enhanced scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).
This Elsevier Atlas Award winning article directly contributes to SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities), presenting experiences using technology to support literacy teaching for deaf children through a storytelling technique.

Research Policy, Volume 48, Issue 4, May 2019, Pages 949-967

This paper assesses the extent to which scientific research is related to societal needs, with a focus on rice research and technology between 1983 and 2012. Winner of the Elsevier Atlas Award in October 2019, the paper advances SDG 9.
This article addresses goals 9, 11 and 17 by focusing on the appraisal of challenges in SFDRR priority 1 “understanding disaster risk” through the lens of science, technology and innovations.

Progress in Disaster Science, Volume 1, May 2019, 100003

This article addresses goals 9, 11 and 17 by summarising the significant advances related to BBB "Build Back Better" research in the past 13 years, and provides an overview of where the BBB concept and related policy and practice are heading in the coming years.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 22, 2019, e00113, ISSN 2214-9937

Cathode-healing™ is a direct recycling method that restores structure and functionality to well-used lithium-ion cathodes. The study shows restoration of two EV-relevant chemistries: NCM 523 and NCM 622. Full cells composed of recycled material demonstrate lifetime capability on par with baseline material. The technical feasibility and low-cost of cathode-healing™ enables sustainability in the electric vehicle and energy storage industries, addressing SDGs 7, 9 and 12.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 22, 2019, e00110, ISSN 2214-9937,

Contributing to SDGs 7, 9 and 12, this paper explores the possibility for safe discharge of cells using different salt solutions. Corrosion of the cell terminals was limited with bicarbonate and hydrogen phosphate salts. These salts shows a marked improvement in safety when compared to sodium chloride brine discharge, where the cells are compromised within minutes.
The number of countries with a national development plan has more than doubled, from about 62 in 2006 to 134 in 2018. This paper analyses the resurgence of national development planning, identifies the types and content of the plans, and their implications and interactions with the SDGs and the global development agenda.
This book chapter addresses goals 9, 12 and 15 by looking at how green nanotechnology can facilitate sustainable methods leading to reduced environmental impacts, improved conservation, and the protection of resources and human health.