Earth Day 2021

On April 22nd 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Spearhead by Senator Nelson, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, the first Earth Day protests forced environmental protection onto the national political agenda and led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passing of key environmental legislation.

Today, Earth Day is widely recognised as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behaviour and provoke policy changes. Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the devastating effects of climate change become more and more apparent every day.

To mark Earth Day 2021, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters in support of this year's theme - Restore our Earth.

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One Earth,
Volume 2, Issue 6,
2020,
Pages 506-509

In this Commentary, we outline how rewilding could reduce the negative effects of climate extremes on biodiversity mainly by protecting and creating microhabitats.
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Carbohydrate Polymers, Volume 254, 15 February 2021

Cellulose-based solutions can improve environmental performance of food packaging. Food products require specific barrier functions from cellulose-based packaging. Eco-design enables quantifying environmental performance and identifying trade-offs. Fulfilling the barrier requirements for food product packaging is crucial.
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One Earth, Volume 4, 22 January 2021

The imperative to mainstream biodiversity conservation into economic decision making at all levels and in all sectors of society is undeniable, particularly now that the connections between nature and human wellbeing are becoming more obvious.
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Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Volume 305, 1 January 2021

Thirty-one pesticide residues were analyzed in 180 agricultural topsoils and 155 earthworms. The soils (100 %) and earthworms (92 %) contained at least one pesticide. The initial predicted environmental concentrations in soils were exceeded in 22 % of the soils.
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One Earth, Volume 3, 18 December 2020

Earth’s ecosystems, upon which all life depends, are in a severe state of degradation. The upcoming UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration aims to “prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.” These Voices articulate why and what action is urgently needed.
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One Earth, Volume 3, 18 December 2020

Restoring forest cover can help tackle climate change, so maps of opportunities were created to deploy this natural climate solution.
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One Earth, Volume 3, 18 December 2020

Caring for lands and waters must become the new bottom line not only for communities and countries but also for businesses and corporations. Investing in the protection and restoration of nature and in equitable outcomes is the most important thing we can do to secure our future. The ten paths outlined here will help us to become responsible and loving caretakers of Earth and each other.
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One Earth, Volume 3, 18 December 2020

Rewilding can be defined as restoration to promote self-regulating complex ecosystems through restoring non-human ecological factors and processes while reducing human control and pressures. Key reasons for a focus on rewilding are its reliance on mechanisms of long-term effectiveness, high upscaling potential, and enhancement of resilience.
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Food Packaging and Shelf Life, Volume 26, December 2020

Chitosan provides films with additional antioxidant and/or antimicrobial features. Blending with other biopolymers is a simple and cost-effective route to improvement.Chitosan-based films may replace fossil-based packaging for some applications.Future research on chitosan-based films and sustainable materials, in general, should include biodegradability among the targeted parameters.
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Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Volume 302, 15 October 2020

This study contributes to the understanding of the most appropriate management scale for the conservation of Pampean plant and flower visitor communities, particularly in homogeneous farmland mosaics intensively managed with annual crops.