Special issue: Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day

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.

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To acknowledge this milestone, Elsevier presents an open access special issue devoted to sustainability. Covering a range of topics, including energy, food science, transportation and waste, this curated collection of 50 journal articles and book chapters demonstrates the dependability and care that trusted scientific research gives our society

Sustainability at Elsevier is embedded across the entire organisation - internally and externally. By investing in world-class information, partnerships, technology and people, we equip communities with the knowledge that drives critical decision making and innovation to tackle the world's greatest problems. 


Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Volume 4: Encyclopedia of Ecology (Second Edition), 2019, Pages 344-351

This book chapter addresses goals 11, 12, and 15 by showing that human population growth is not the only matter for consideration in ecological engineering. What matters for the future is not only how many people there will be, but what they will do in their everyday life; this will impact the life systems surrounding them and how equipped they will be to face emerging challenges. In coming decades, the survival and well-being of humans and the security of environmental resources will continue to be challenged by rapid population growth.

Sustainable Power Generation: Current Status, Future Challenges, and Perspectives, 2019, Pages 327-352

This book chapter addresses goals 7 and 9 by addressing how nuclear power plants can be designed, constructed and managed in a more sustainable way.

Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Introduction to Nuclear Power, 2018, Pages 379-407

This book chapter addresses goals 7 and 9 by looking at the future plan for nuclear energy to contribute to a cleaner energy mix, considering sustainable development, globalisation and climate change.

Managing Global Warming: An Interface of Technology and Human Issues, 2019, Pages 117-197

This book chapter addresses goals 7 and 9 by analysing future and generation IV nuclear reactors with a focus on their sustainable attributes.

Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation, 2018, Pages 251-263

This book chapter addresses goals 15 and 17 by providing an overview of educational programming used across cheetah conservation organizations, including considerations for designing, implementing, and evaluating such programs for success.

Advances in Eco-Fuels for a Sustainable Environment, 2019, Pages 89-117

This book chapter addresses goals 7, 9 and 12 by providing detail to help solve the problem of the sustainable conversion of the available feedstock to ecofuels

Processing and Sustainability of Beverages, Volume 2: The Science of Beverages, 2019, Pages 1-36

This book chapter addresses goals 6, 9, and 12 and 14 by presenting the feasibility of traditional and nature-based in situ treatment processes for beverage effluents addressing the environmental problems associated with its management and providing the relevant socioeconomic and environmental values.

Sustainable Food Supply Chains: Planning, Design, and Control through Interdisciplinary Methodologies, 2019, Pages 249-260

This book chapter addresses goals 2 and 12 by analysing food systems sustainability through the lens of the interrelated implications and impacts of FLW on production and consumption.

Sustainable Technologies for Fashion and Textiles, 2020, Pages 311-326

This book chapter addresses goals 9 and 12 by describing recycling methods including primary, mechanical, chemical and quaternary, to create new valuable products from plastic wastes and keep them out of landfill.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 68, Part 1, February 2017, Pages 333-359

This article addresses goals 9, 12 and 15 by examining the possibility of maximising forestry and timber construction to help in civil and structural engineering. It covers a range of topics, from the science of the cell wall to the engineering and global policies involved.