Biodiversity and ecosystems

This critical review aims to enhance the effectiveness and reliability of microplastic identification methods used within environmental research. This discussion advances SDG 9.5 (enhance scientific research) along with multiple SDGs in which microplastics impact, including SDGs 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).
This critical review explores current knowledge surrounding interactions between microplastics and persistent organic pollutants present within the marine environment. Enhanced understanding of microplastic's environmental impact supports SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 14 (life below water).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 111, 2019, Pages 139-147.

Directly supporting SDGs 3 (good health and wellbeing), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land), this piece outlines current research on the accumulation of microplastics and their associated contaminants in a variety of organisms including humans.

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.

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.

Futures, Volume 105, January 2019, Pages 155-165.

Relating to SDGs 3 (Good Health and Well-being) and 13 (Climate Action), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article explores the need for de-growth in developed nations as part of a global effort to tackle climate change and the structural sources of potential short-term wellbeing losses from a sociological perspective.
Water-quality disasters occur frequently worldwide and do not necessarily occur only in underdeveloped world. Detailed water-quality evaluations can help prevent occurrence of some of these disasters.This book chapter addresses goals 3, 6 and 14 by discussing our vulnerability to water disasters to help us avoid some of them in the future.

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.
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.

Biodiversity of Pantepui: The Pristine “Lost World” of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands, 2019, Pages 403-417

This book chapter addresses goals 13 and 15 by summarising studies carried out to date aimed at estimating the potential impact of the projected global warming by the end of this century on the Pantepui biota, particularly on vascular plants.