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UNEP Science Alerts - March 2019


UNEP Science Alerts - March 2019

UNEP's newsletter from March 2020 on scientific articles, research and knowledge on selected topics.



Chemicals and Waste / Pollution

Advancing environmental exposure assessment science to benefit society / A. Caplin et al. 2019. Nature.

Assessment of air pollution caused by illegal e-waste burning to evaluate the human health risk / C. Gangwar et al. Environment International 125, Pages 191-199, 2019. ScienceDirect.

A Comparison of hourly to annual air pollutant emissions: Implications for estimating acute exposure and public health risk / M. Stewart et al. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 2019.

The dynamic analysis of a vehicle pollutant emission reduction management model under economic means / J. Shuwei et al. Environmental Studies 21(2), 243-256, 2019. Springer.

Enhanced land–sea warming contrast elevates aerosol pollution in a warmer world / R. Allen et al. Nature Climate Change 9, 300-305, 2019. Nature Climate Change.

Fish scales as a bioindicator of potential marine pollutants and carcinogens in Asian sea bass and red tilapia within the coastal waters of Pahang, Malaysia / S.A. Rahman et al. Journal of Coastal Research 82 (SI), 120-125, 2018. Ebsco.

Healthy air, healthy brains: Advancing air pollution policy to protect children’s health / D.C. Payne-Sturges et al. American Journal of Publiv Health 109(4), 5050-554, 2019. Ebsco.

Importance of legislation on the treatment of chemical effluents as a way to avoid environmental pollution: the use of numerical technique to simulate the sedimentation of chemical effluents  / A.A. Bandeira. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 26(3), 2547-2558, 2019. Springer.

Microplastic pollution, a threat to marine ecosystem and human health: A short review /  S. Shivika and S. Chetterjee. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24(27), 21530-21547,  2017. Proquest.

Scientists track damage from controversial deep-sea mining method / O. Heffernan. Nature 567(294), 2019.

Spiders in the web: Understanding the evolution of REDD+ in Southwest Ghana / J.W. den Besten et al. Forests 10(2), p. 117, 2019. Ebsco. Remediation

WMO joins global commitment to cut air pollution. Air Quality & Climate Change 52(4), 34-35, 2018. Ebsco.


Climate Change

Aligning National Interests and Global Climate Justice: The Role of Human Rights in Enhancing the Ambition of Nationally Determined Contributions to Combat Climate Change / Y. Glemarec. Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2019.

Assessing the effectiveness of Sustainable Land Management for large-scale climate change adaptation / J. P. C. Eekhout and J. de Vente. Science of the Total Environment, 654, 2019.

Autonomous Local Climate Change Policy: An Analysis of the Effect of Intergovernmental Relations Among Subnational Governments / E. Schwartz. Review of Policy Research, 2019.

Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies and people / U.R. Sumaila et al. Science Advances 5(2), 1/02/2019.

Climate change and human health: Health impacts of warming of 1.5˚ C and 2 ˚ C. / A. McGushin, Y. Tcholakov and H. Shakoor. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(6), 2018.

The cry of the climate and the cry of the poor: Pope Francis’s urgent appeal for climate justice / T. Insua. Kennedy School Review 17, 2017.

Decomposition of urban temperatures for targeted climate change adaptation / D. Hertel and U. Schlink. Environmental Modelling & Software, 113, 2019.

Divergent responses to climate change and disturbance drive recruitment patterns underlying latitudinal shifts of tree species / L. Boisvert‐Marsh, C. Périé and S. de Blois. Journal of Ecology, 2019.

Economic, social and governance adaptation readiness for mitigation of climate change vulnerability: Evidence from 192 countries / S. A. Sarkodie and V. Strezov. Science of the Total Environment, 656, 2019.

Endangered species management and climate change: When habitat conservation becomes a moving target / J. Wilkening et al. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 43: 2019.

From water footprint to climate change adaptation: Capacity development with teenagers to save water / C. Haida et al. Land Use Policy, 80, 2019.

Science needs management data for a better prediction of climate change effects on socio-ecosystems / B. Fady, T. Geburek and I. Scotti. Annals of Forest Science, 76(1), 2019.

Work time reduction and economic democracy as climate change mitigation strategies: or why the climate needs a renewed labor movement / R. Gunderson. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 9(1), 2019.


Disasters and Conflict

‘After the disaster comes destination thought’: A review and conceptualization pf consolidative disaster adaptive capacity model/ D. Eckhardt et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. ScienceDirect.

Climate, conflict and forced migration/G.S. Abel et al. Global Environmental Change 54, 239-244. 2019. ScienceDirect.

The disaster risk, global change and sustainability nexus / P. Peduzzi. Sustainability 11(4), 957, 2019.

The future of disasters studies: new disasters and the case of the Horn of Africa/ L. Kuol. Disasters 2019. Wiley.

The geography of natural resources, ethnic inequality and civil conflicts/ C. Lessmann et al. European Journal of Political Economy 2019. ScienceDirect.

How could climate services support disaster risk reduction in the 21st century/ R.B. Street et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 34, 28-33. 2019. ScienceDirect.

Large-scale disaster waste management under uncertain environment/ M.S. Habib et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 212, 200-220. 2019. ScienceDirect.

Revisiting emergency food reserve policy and practice under disaster and extreme climate events/ J.A. Lassa et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 2019. Springer.

Understanding the dilemmas of integrating post-disaster and post-conflict reconstruction initiatives: Evidence from Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia/ E. Horrowel et al. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 2019. ScienceDirect.

Unpacking the influence of public-private partnerships on disaster resilience: A comparison of expert perspectives/ E.J. Boyer. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics 2019. Wiley.

Water as a weapon and casualty of conflict: freshwater and international humanitarian law/ P.H. Gleick. Water Resources Management 2019. Springer.


Ecosystem Management / Oceans and Seas

Biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in Latin America: Evidence from environmental performance reviews / Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 98 p. 2018.

Can Existing Estimates for Ecosystem Service Values Inform Forest Management? / A. Müller, T. Knoke and R. Olschewski. Forests 10(2), 2019.

Ecosystem services in different agro-climatic zones in eastern India: impact of land use and land cover change / R. Tripathi et al.  Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 191(2), 2019

Forest Concessions and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Potentials, Challenges and Ways Forward / Y. T. Tegegne et al.  Forests, 10(1), 2019.

Forest harvesting impacts on microclimate conditions and sediment transport activities in a humid periglacial environment / F. Imaizumi et al. Hydrology & Earth System Sciences, 23(1), 2019.

The historical development of complex global trafficking networks for marine wildlife / E.A. Miller et al. Science Advances 5(3), 1/3/2019.

Impact of conservation farming practices on Mediterranean agro-ecosystem services provisioning—a meta-analysis (The) / H. Lee et al. Regional Environmental Change, 2019.

Impact of a local, coastal community based management regime when defining marine protected areas: Empirical results from a study in Okinawa, Japan / P. Shah et al. PLoS One 14(3), e0213354, 2019.

Integrating ecosystem services into environmental decision-making / A. Congreve and I. D. Cross.  Journal of Applied Ecology. 2019

Investigations into Data Ecosystems: a systematic mapping study / S. Oliveira et al. Knowledge and Information Systems 2019.

Modern lake ecosystem management by sustainable harvesting and effective utilization of aquatic macrophytes / S. Ban et al. Limnology, 20(1) 2019.

Multiple macroevolutionary routes to becoming a biodiversity hotspot / J. Igea et al. Science Advances 5(2), 1/02/2019.

Ocean recoveries for tomorrow’s Earth: Hitting a moving target / K.E. Ingeman et al. Science 363(6425), 25/01/2019.

Simple spatial typology for assessment of complex coastal ecosystem services across multiple scales (A) / T. O'Higgins, A. A. Nogueira and A. I. Lillebø. Science of the Total Environment, 649, 2019.

Linking biodiversity to ecosystem services supply: Patterns across aquatic ecosystems / H. Teixeira. Science of The Total Environment, 657, 2019.


Environmental Governance

Designing criteria to evaluate equity to indigenous people in impact assessment and environmental decision-making: a literature review / R.M. Gimenez. Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 23(2), 163-205, 2019.

Distributional considerations for transboundary risk governance of environmental threats / R. Adam. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science 9(4), 445, 2018. Proquest.

Do economic conditions affect public support for environmental policy? / Z. Bakaki and T. Bernauer. Journal of Cleaner Production 195, 66-78, 2018. ScienceDirect.

Earth system governance – Beyond traditional environmental policy / F. Biermann. Gaia 27(4), 337, 2018. Proquest.

Earth system law: The juridical dimensions of earth system governance / L.J. Kotzé and R.E. Kim. Earth System Governance In Press, 2019. ScienceDirect.

Finding the path to the institutionalization of deliberative democracy: The pilot legislative practices of environmental governance / D. Zhu and F. Yang. Ekoloji Dergisi 106. 55-61, 2018. Ebsco.

Improving collaboration in the implementation of global biodiversity conventions / K. Rogalla et al. Conservation Biology, 2019.

Increasing worldwide environmental consciousness and environmental policy adjustment / W. Yungho et al. The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance 71, 205-210, 2019.ScienceDirect.

Opportunities and obstacles to socioecosystem-based environmental policy in Mexico: Expert opinion at the science-policy interface / A. Challenger et al. Ecology & Society 23(2), 512-542, 2018. Ebsco.

Public awareness and support for environmental protection – A focus on air pollution in peninsular Malaysia / J.C. Yunn Shin et al. PLoS One 14(3), e0221206, 2019.


Resource Efficiency / Cities

Business Model Innovation for Resource-efficiency, Circularity and Cleaner Production: What 143 Cases Tell Us / F. J. Diaz Lopez, T. Bastein and A. Tukker. Ecological Economics, 155, 2019.

Can green financial development promote regional ecological efficiency? A case study of China / R. Liu et al. Natural Hazards, 95(1), 2019

Discourse of eco-innovation in the European Union: An analysis of the Eco-Innovation Action Plan and Horizon 2020 (The) / L. A. Colombo, M. Pansera and R. Owen. Journal of Cleaner Production, 214, 2019.

Marketization and water resource utilization efficiency in China / Q. Chen et al. Journal of Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems, 22, 2019.

Sense-Making Resource Efficiency Through “Sustainability” Reports / Egan, M. Journal of Business Ethics, 154(3), 2019.

Technological innovation, environmental regulation, and green total factor efficiency of industrial water resources / W. Jin et al. Journal of Cleaner Production, 211, 2019.

Technology innovation for green growth and sustainable resource management. J. Wen et al. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 141, 2019

Three Scenario Narratives for a Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Europe in 2050 / K. Schanes, J. Jäger and P. Drummond. Ecological Economics, 155, 2019.

Resource efficiency of consumables – Life cycle assessment of incontinence products / S. Willskytt and A. Tillman. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 144, 2019.

Energy efficiency optimization in big data processing platform by improving resources utilization / J. Song et al. Sustainable Computing: Informatics and Systems. 21, 2019


Sustainable Development Goals / Environment under Review

Assessing research trends related to sustainable development goals: local and global issues/ S. Amanda et al. Journal of Cleaner Production 208, 2019. ScienceDirect.

Biodiversity and the built environment: Implications for the sustainable development goals (SDGs)/ A. Opoku. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 141, 1-7, 2019. ScienceDirect.

Biodiversity/ecosystem services from the Asia-Pacific:typology, archetypes and implications for sustainable development goals/ R. DasGupta et al. Sustainability Science 2019. Springer.

Determining nature’s contributions to achieve the sustainable development goals/ C.B. Anderson et al. Sustainability Science 2019. Springer.

Does advertising the green benefits of products contribute to sustainable development goals? A quasi-experimental test of the dilution effect/ G. Grolleau et al. Business Strategy and the Environment 2019. Wiley.

Forest concessions and the United nations sustainable development goals: Potentials, challenges and ways forward/ T.Y. Tekle et al. Forest 2019. Ebsco.

Measuring the digital transformation: A roadmap for the future / Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 260 p. 2019.

SIGI [Social Institution and Gender Index] 2019 Global Report / Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 230 p. 2019.

Sustainable development from millennium 2015 to sustainable development goals 2030/ H. Ergul et al. Sustainable Development 2019. Wiley.

Sustainable development goal 6: two gaps in the race for indicators/ L. Guppy et al. Sustainability Science 2019. Springer.

Water quality and its interlinkages with sustainable development goals/ J. Alcamo. Environmental Sustainability 2019. ScienceDirect.



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