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On Monday 24 August 2020 – at the beginning of World Water Week - RELX announced the winners of the 2020 RELX Environmental Challenge. Now in its 10th year, the RELX Environmental Challenge supports innovative solutions that improve sustainable access to safe water and sanitation where it is at risk, contributing to SDGs 1, 3, 6 and 10.
Each year the RELX Environmental Challenge is awarded to projects that best demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water or sanitation. In the past decade, the company has awarded $750,000 to projects and solutions that improve the world’s water quality and sanitation. This article, using innovative parallax storytelling technology, looks at the tangible impact of the RELX Environmental Challenge.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the RELX Environmental Challenge and the announcement of this year’s winners, we invite you to join us for SDG 6: From here to there - celebrating 10 years of innovation and exploring the next decade of WASH action, to take a look back over the past 10 years and to consider the decade of action ahead - what will it really take to achieve SDG6: clean water and sanitation for all?

The new 2030 sustainable development agenda is likely to dominate policy and academic debates at both national and international levels over next 15 years and beyond. It is, therefore, a crucial time to critically reflect how the SDGs are likely to shape - and be shaped by - the wider research community. Each peer-reviewed paper will address the common question of: “how is the SDG agenda influencing scholarly debates in different research areas, and vice-versa?”.


Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 56-61, ISSN 2214-5745, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2020.05.014.

Viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, known as arboviruses, pose a significant threat to human life and are a major burden on many health systems around the world. This article explores how Wolbachia, an invertebrate endosymbiont, can be used as a sustainable strategy for arbovirus control in alignment with many of the SDGs, including goals 3, 8, 9, 10, and 17.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 71-76, ISSN 2214-5745

Termites exert beneficial influences on ecosystem services, such as the development of sustainable agricultural systems in drylands and the resistance to environmental stress. However, this positive role is often overshadowed by their status as pests. This article advances our knowledge of the impact of termites on several sustainable development goals, including SDGs 1, 2, 3, 9, 11, 13 and 15.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 77-84, ISSN 2214-5745, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2020.05.012.

As a core component of sustainable intensification, biological control constitutes a tailor-made solution for the long-term management of both endemic and invasive pests, thereby contributing to SDGs 1, 2 and 15.

Current Opinion in Insect Science, 2020, ISSN 2214-5745

The best-documented example of a solution provided by insects to address the SDGs is the value chains of insect farming as feed and food. In countries recovering from conflict, agricultural development should focus on restoring food production by smallholder farmers (SDG 1 and 2), improving their socio-economic position (SDG 8), and contributing to peace (SDG 16).

Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 40, 2020, Pages 24-30, ISSN 2214-5745

Ecosystem services, the benefits nature provides to people, underpin all dimensions of human wellbeing. It is therefore crucial to integrate them into strategies for achieving SDGs, in particular those related to agriculture and health (SDGs 1, 2, 3).
The SDG Impact of COVID-19 podcast series gathers expert opinion exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals. In this segment, we get the view of Virginia Gardiner, Founder and CEO of Loowatt.