Sustainable cities and human settlements

A framework to identify roofs for food, water, and energy production is proposed. Agriculture can be implemented on 8% of roofs to produce tomatoes and lettuce. Service buildings and residential housing are more suitable for agriculture.
A dynamic decision-making framework is developed to set national priorities in Qatar. The performance of a local energy-water-food nexus is assessed for future policy directions. Sustainability, security and resilience are the performance pillars adopted to assess nexus sectors.
The concept of “Smart City (SC)” has been proposed and adopted by various city planners and policymakers as a means to enable efficient transportation systems, sustainable mixed land uses, and high-quality urban services, in an effort to improve citizens’ quality of life. However, it may unintentionally reinforce existing inequalities. In particular, without appropriate strategies that support inclusion, persons with disabilities and seniors may experience social and digital exclusion in communities.
This article aims to present and discuss the energy and environmental reality in the building sector and critically investigate the future pathways towards its decarbonisation.

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). The 2021 conference, hosted by the UK, together with our partners Italy, in Glasgow, will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it's called COP26.

In the run up to COP26, the United Nations Climate Change conference, RELX’s Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Dr Márcia Balisciano, talks to Prof Trevor Letcher, Prof Carolina Arlota & Prof Hirdan Costa about the energy transition required to meet the Paris Agreement.

16th October 2021

World Food Day is organized every year on October 16 to bring awareness to how our changing planet affects food production and distribution. In support of this year's theme "Our actions are our future- Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life", Elsevier presents a collection of over 70 pieces of curated and freely available books and journal content.

A diagram of the authors' 3-layer Internet of Things architecture.
Few studies have considered disabled people in the monitoring of thermal comfort, despite the potential for impairments to present thermal requirements that are significantly different from those of an occupant without a disability. These authors build a new prediction model of disabled people’s thermal sensations using a deep neural network.

The Journal of Climate Change and Health, Volume 4, 2021, 100055

This article discusses current initiatives in several areas to contribute to a climate resilient Bahamas, and prioritizing mental health and psychosocial support for survivors of climate disasters.
There is growing interest in climate friendly neighbourhood research. The most covered topic of reviewed studies was the energy system. In total, 35 different terminologies were used for climate friendly neighbourhoods. There is a lack of clear definitions, both in scientific literature and international research projects.