Chemicals and waste


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.
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.

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.

Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Volume 3, June 2021, 100104

Contributing to SDGs 7, 12 and 13, this article explores the damaging effects of batteries used in electronic devices, with a focus on the range of contaminants which are deposited in the environment and their long-term effects.
Contributing to SDGs 6, 13 and 14, the article reviews the ability of adsorptive membranes to benefit the environment through the removal of contaminants and/or pollutants from wastewater, such as dyes, heavy metals, and pharmaceutical compounds.
This book chapter advances SDGs 3, 12, and 13 by discussing carbonaceous aerosols that are one of the important components of the aerosol and play a significant role in changing climate, fluctuating air quality and health of the living being.
This book chapter advances SDGs 3, 12 and 13 by discussing the entrance of microplastics in a range of environments, including oceans, surface waters, wastewaters, soils, sediments, the atmosphere, and food.
The Ganga basin includes some of the most densely populated areas in the world, in a region characterized by extremely high demographic and economic growth rates. Although anthropogenic pressure in this area is increasing, the pollution status of the Ganga is still poorly studied and understood. In the light of this, we have carried out a systematic literature review of the sources, levels and spatiotemporal distribution of organic pollutants in surface water and sediment of the Ganga basin, including for the first time emerging contaminants (ECs).
Circular bioeconomy has a big role to play in goals towards cleaner energy and more sustainable industrial practices. In addition, the carbon capture opportunities it offers holds promise for supporting climate goals. This book chapter advances SDGs 7, 9 and 13.

Peter D. Sly, Adverse Environmental Exposure and Respiratory Health in Children, Pediatric Clinics of North America, Volume 68, Issue 1, 2021, Pages 277-291

This article advances SDG 3 by explaining how pollution, especially air pollution, is a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality.