Sustainable cities and human settlements


Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

Focusing on losses and damages associated with drought and water scarcity through a review of cases and policies in seven Asian countries, this paper finds evidence of urban droughts leading to significant tangible losses and intangible losses. Reorienting water management policies, adaptation actions, and interventions in urban areas is essential for effective climate adaptation. In addition to the main SDGs this article is also related to SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 15 (Life on Land).
The relocation of vulnerable communities as a means to avoid slow-onset climate change impacts in Fiji highlights the complex range of considerations that must be factored in when assessing relocation options and strategies. Participatory scenario-building exercises are particularly well-suited as a means and platform to assist communities to self-navigate relocation issues. In addtion to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This paper assesses the state of knowledge on human mobility related to slow-onset events due to climate change with particular attention to developing country contexts. It provides an anatomy of the field and explores findings relating migration as an adaptation strategy. In addition to the main SDGs, this article is indirectly related to SDG 1 (No Poverty).
The understanding and recognition of soil ecosystem services (SoES) in spatial planning is crutial in sustainable cities.
Aiming to be inclusive for all does not automatically lead to participation for all people. The experiences of people with intellectual disability inform how the Inclusive Cities Framework is understood and applied to define meaningful participation for all people.

Earthquakes and Sustainable Infrastructure, Neodeterministic (NDSHA) Approach Guarantees Prevention Rather Than Cure, 2022, Pages 77-95

This book chapter addresses SDGs 9 and 11 by explaining how prediction and prevention of earthquake-related disasters are key to creating sustainable cities.

The Impacts of Climate Change, A Comprehensive Study of Physical, Biophysical, Social, and Political Issues, 2021, Pages 537-545

This book chapter addresses SDGs 10 and 13 by describing climate refugees. While the Paris agreement does not make direct reference to impact of climate change to refugees, it is estimated that over 200 million people will migrate to other locations because of climate change by 2050 so a task force must be established to assist and mitigate displacement.
World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on June 5th, engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. To mark World Environment Day 2021, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters in support of this year's theme - Ecosystem Restoration.
Along with the demand to reduce carbon emissions, today's unused agricultural by-products from mostly crop but also livestock farming have great potential to support green African urban innovation and create new opportunities for rural businesses. This article contributes to SDGs 8, 11 and 13.
Building and Environment will host a series of free webinars on COVID-19 Control. The third webinar of the series will feature 2 presentations from experts in the field on the following topics: Continuum of airborne transmission of respiratory infection, and implication to ventilation requirements, presented by Prof. Yuguo Li, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. The second presentation will be on the Occupational exposure risk of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, presented by Prof. Li Liu, Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, China.