World Environment Day 2021

World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on June 5th, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.

To mark World Environment Day 2021, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters in support of this year's theme - Ecosystem Restoration.

People and the planet are only as healthy as the ecosystems we all depend on. Bringing degraded ecosystems back to life – for example by planting trees, cleaning up riverbanks, or simply giving nature space to recover – increases their benefits to society and biodiversity. Without reviving ecosystems, we cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or the Paris Climate Agreement. But ecosystems are also complex and highly varied, and their restoration needs careful planning and patient implementation.

World Environment Day 2021 also marks the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.


Journal of Comparative Economics, Volume 45, 1 February 2017

Research studied the efficacy of the environmental policy by investigating the location choice of new polluting firms in response to the uneven provincial chemical oxygen demand (COD) reduction mandates predetermined by the policy.We find strong evidence suggesting the trend of water pollution transfer from the coastal provinces to the western provinces of China. The Pollution Reduction Performance Assessment enhanced the effect of the pollution reduction mandates. Foreign polluting firms were consistently driven by the mandates, whilst the location pattern of Chinese domestic polluting firms was shifted by the enhanced mandates.

International Economics, Volume 134, August 2013

This paper offers a more rigorous concept of green growth in order that the conditions for its implementation may then be identified. Growth is understood here in its traditional economic sense: an increase in wealth measured in terms of production, income or living conditions. Growth is, a priori, neither “good” nor “bad”. To describe it, it is necessary to examine the mechanisms linking the factors of production, the return on these factors, and the wealth produced. Growth is termed “green” when it properly treats natural capital as an essential factor of production, alongside labor and physical capital.

Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 29, June 2021

Are microplastics as harmful as the general public think? What is the science behind this?

Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 29, June 2021

Review on using the natural qualities of plants to restore degraded sites and water systems.

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 92, March 2021

Combination of new transport technologies can reduce urban energy consumption.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 66, March 2021

While managing the effects of urban growth represents a significant challenge, it also provides an opportunity to rethink how we plan and design our urban spaces to support sustainability, both in terms of new urban development projects and in retrofitting existing urban spaces.
Elsevier, Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 66, March 2021
Electric vehicles (EVs) are widely regarded as the key to finally making private mobility clean, yet virtually no research is being conducted on their potential contribution to the expansion of impervious surfaces. This study aims to start a discussion on the topic by exploring three relevant issues: the impact of EVs’ operating costs on urban size, the space requirements of charging facilities, the land demand of energy production through renewables.

Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 65, February 2021

The novelty of this study is the capacity to assess a large volume of diverse literature in this topic; identifying temporal and geographic patterns in the literature, who conducted the research, where is the research located, what were the major research topics and themes, where are the gaps, and what are the priorities for future research. Finally, the findings of this study can provide a summary of the status quo of the global greenery research, identify the hot themes in the literature and knowledge gaps, and recommend future research directions, as well as to highlight the existing worldwide relationships between researchers and countries.
Elsevier, Sustainable Cities and Society, Volume 62, November 2020
This paper assesses the influence of land development patterns on intra-urban thermal variation in a densely-developed subtropical city, considering joint effect from greenspace pattern and built-up geometry. Despite growing research on urban climates, research at a scale that can support urban planning with scientificallyinformed strategies is still not as well documented for warm climate cities as for temperate cities. In response, this paper uses land surface temperature and geoinformation to assess the subtropical city of Taipei, Taiwan.