Biodiversity and ecosystems

This article focuses on SDG 14 (life below water). This commentary discusses the recent United Nations meetings which prepare international legally binding instruments focussed on the protection of biodiversity in waters beyond National Jurisdiction.
Elsevier,

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 34, Issue 1, January 2019, Pages 57-68.

In support of global conservation targets SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG15 (life on land), the Aichi Targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity have provided a set of clear conservation targets. The authors argue that scenarios and models are not currently being used to their full potential.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 375-392.

This critical review develops SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG 14 (life below water), exploring the impact of microplastics and smaller nanoplastics within freshwater ecosystems.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 150-159.

This critical review evaluates environmental microplastic research methodologies. Developing standardized sampling techniques may advance the efficiency, accuracy and ease of future microplastic research. Improved understanding of microplastic impacts will advance progress towards multiple SDG's.
Elsevier,

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 110, January 2019, Pages 321-326.

Directly relevant to SDG 14 (life below water) and 12 (responsible consumption and production), this review explores the abundance, distribution and composition of microplastics in the Mediterranean Sea.
Elsevier,

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 33, Issue 12, 2018, Pages 936-944.
 

This research directly relates to SDG 13 (climate action ) and SDG 14 (life below water). The authors here argue that we need to identify the coral reefs that are less vulnerable to climate change as they may be best positioned to survive and thus regenerate degraded coral reefs in the future.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 33-42.

This article contributes to goal 15 by arguing that the SDG portfolio can trigger a major step towards more holistic land use perspectives at the agriculture-forestry interface. This, in turn, has the potential to initiate institutional change to enhance dynamic sustainability.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 26-32.

SDG 5 - gender equality - has the potential to enhance food security through its attention to women's access to land and natural resources. However, it fails to address women's limited access to irrigation, credit and other inputs. As such, this paper calls for goal 5 to be expanded through synergies with other SDGs.
Elsevier,

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 34, October 2018, Pages 7-12.

Forests are essential to the SDGs and can further multiple SDGs simultaneously. This paper contributes to goal 15 by discussing the importance of integrated, innovative and inclusive governance systems to ensure that efforts to advance the SDGs can better benefit from, and provide support for, forests.
Elsevier,

Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 136, Nov 2018, Pages 508-515.

This content contributes to SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).This article discusses the importance of combined biophysical and socio-economic sciences sharing knowledge with management communities, improving coral reef resilience in the face of global climate and ocean change.

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