COP26 Special Issue: UN Climate Change Conference 2021

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). The 2021 conference, hosted by the UK, together with our partners Italy, in Glasgow, will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it's called COP26.

United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world. The negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world as well as representatives from civil society and the global news media.

To build momentum for this pivotal event, we're sharing a curated list of impactful book chapters and journal articles that will drive research and deliver meaningful ways to take positive environmental action.

RELX
In the run up to COP26, the United Nations Climate Change conference, RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, talks to Prof Trevor Letcher, Prof Carolina Arlota & Prof Hirdan Costa about the energy transition required to meet the Paris Agreement.
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Green Ports: Inland and Seaside Sustainable Transportation Strategies, Volume , 20 September 2018

This book chapter addresses SDG 11 by explaining an overview of green ports in theory and practice and environmental issues in the shipping industry.
Elsevier, The Lancet Planetary Health, Volume 5, October 2021
Elsevier, Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 30, August 2021
Since the launch of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the SDGs have been widely adopted by governments and corporations in an effort to improve their sustainability. There are 17 SDGs, comprising 169 targets, which are measurable against 247 unique indicators. Despite pervasive global pollution from (micro)plastics, there is only one indicator (14.1.1b) under Goal 14, specifically related to reducing impacts from (micro)plastics.
Elsevier, Cold Fusion: Advances in Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, Volume , 14 January 2020
Long-term electrolysis with a thick Pd electrode in 0.1. M LiOD was performed. Some techniques to conduct clean and stable electrolysis are described. The surface morphology of postelectrolysis Pd electrodes was analyzed: it consisted of holes and two long faults without any crack. To understand the evolution of the morphology, the physicochemical properties of hydrated Pd have been studied by in situ potentiometric, resistance, and dilatometric measurements. The results of microstructural changes were further analyzed with reference to knowledge of hydrogen embrittlement.
Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 397, 9 January 2021
Translations: For the Chinese, French, German, and Spanish translations of the abstract see Supplementary Materials section.
Elsevier,

Design and Operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: The Systems Engineering Vision for Industrial Application, Volume , 1 January 2019

This book chapter advances SDG goals 7, 13, and 11 by examining the use of solid oxide fuel cells in land, marine, and aerial vehicles as a replacement for carbon emitting fossil fuel engines.
Elsevier, Climate Risk Management, Volume 34, January 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are complex existential threats, unpredictable in many ways and unprecedented in modern times. There are parallels between the scale and scope of their impacts and responses. Understanding shared drivers, coupled vulnerabilities, and criteria for effective responses will help societies worldwide prepare for the simultaneous threats of climate change and future pandemics. We summarize some shared characteristics of COVID-19 and climate change impacts and interventions and discuss key policy implications and recommendations.
Elsevier,

Green Ports: Inland and Seaside Sustainable Transportation Strategies, Volume , 20 September 2018

This book chapter addresses SDG 9 and 13 by closely looking at how China's green port strategy can be seen as a model for other developed countries to alleviate waste, dust, and noise as part of port management.
Elsevier,

Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Volume , 4 July 2017

This book chapter advances SDG 15 and 11 introducing a novel agricultural practice—vertical farming/urban agriculture, highlighting how it can help deliver safe and nutritious food for a growing world population in environmentally and socially sustainable ways.

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