Special Issue "Ten Years of Urgent Action: Global Environmental Threats to Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Climate Change and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Adj. Prof. Dr. Carlos Corvalan
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Australia
Interests: climate change and health; biodiversity and health; drought and health, sustainable development; building climate resilience
Dr. Selina Lo
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Guest Editor
Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: planetary health; legal determinants of health; commercial determinants of health; sustainable development; health security; global health law; ecocide
Prof. Dr. Anthony Capon
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Guest Editor
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: urban health; urban transitions; climate change; sustainable development; planetary health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is increasing awareness in society and sufficient scientific evidence regarding the deteriorating state of the environment and the need for urgent actions to respond to it. Humanity has failed to implement timely preventive actions, and we are now at the stage of damage control. In 2015, world leaders made commitments for substantial changes to the way we produce, consume, and prosper without further environmental damage, and moreover, with environmental and social improvements. These ideals were agreed in a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030 and by taking action on these, there is the opportunity for fully healthy societies to prosper while protecting the environment. Improvements and achievements on any one SDG will have positive health impacts and vice versa.

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages (SDG3) can be seen as central to all other SDGs. Urgent actions are needed to achieve the SDGs in the next 10 years, in particular by addressing those where lack of action may derail other efforts in other SDG advancements in planetary health—specifically, SDG 13, Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts; SDG 14, Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; and SDG 15, Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. However, all SDGs are important for planetary health, and therefore, this Special Issue of IJERPH invites papers that address health in the context of global environmental damage and protection (e.g., the co-benefits of acting on health and climate change). Any thematic angles on one, several, or all of the 17 of the SDGs are welcome, and especially in regard to their environmental, global governance, and health equity consequences. Action-oriented research papers and policy-relevant articles are particularly welcome, as are studies from developing and developed country research and studies by young scientists.

Adj. Prof. Dr. Carlos Corvalan
Dr. Selina Lo
Prof. Dr. Anthony Capon
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Sustainable development goals
  • Ecosystems and human health
  • Drought, desertification, and land degradation (DLDD) and health
  • Oceans and human health
  • Global environmental change and health
  • Planetary health
  • Climate change and health equity
  • Global governance for health and environment
  • Building climate resilience and environmental sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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