Chemicals and waste

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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 31, October 2021

An overview of more than 6000 chemicals reported to be found in plastics and the challenges and gaps in assessing their impacts on the environment and human health along the life cycle of plastic products.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 31, October 2021

Energy production and CO2 emissions are strictly connected. One of the most efficient and straightforward mitigations to the climate change is the conversion of CO2 into chemicals that may play the role of energy vectors in a carbon-based energy cycle. Contributing to SDGs 9 and 13, this article briefly illustrates and discusses the main findings that have paved the way of CO2 conversion to fuels or fuel precursors by electrochemical methods using redox catalysts that may find concrete applications.
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The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021, 100070

The healthcare industry is the second leading contributor of waste in the United States. This study reports a waste audit to identify key waste generators in an outpatient practice and start immediately reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
Research into coatings made from whey protein isolate and xanthan gum which could increase the shelf life of fruit and thus have potential to minimize post-harvest losses and food waste, supporting SDG2: Zero Hunger.
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Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 30, August 2021

A critical overview of the key challenges specifically related to (micro)plastics as they may undermine the implementation of sustainable strategies and action plans required to achieve the UN SDGs.
This chapter advances SDG 7, 11, and 13 by presenting the different ways valorizing agricultural residues for energy production, as a sustainable alternative to carbon emitting fossil fuels, while simultaneously reducing agricultural waste products.
To show the importance of climate action and to celebrate the more than 5-year collaboration between the Elsevier Chemistry journals department and the Elsevier Foundation, we have compiled this special issue, highlighting top chemistry content related to SDG 13 and providing information on past winners of the Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.
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Nuclear Decommissioning Case Studies, Volume Two - Policies, Strategies, Planning and Knowledge Management, 2021, Pages 3-7

This book chapter advances SDG 7 and 11 by highlighting the concepts of policy, strategy, early and detailed planning, Life Cycle Management, and poor or good practices associated with nuclear decommissioning.
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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.

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