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Special Issue "Industrial and Natural Impacts toward the Future"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Domenico M. Doronzo
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Institute of Earth Sciences ‘‘Jaume Almera’’—CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: environment; particulate matter; fluid dynamics; dust particles; flow-structure interaction; sedimentation; volcanology; geophysics
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Dr. John S. Armstrong-Altrin
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Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de México, CDMX 04510, México
Interests: sediment contamination; geochemistry; provenance: geochronology: sedimentology; coastal environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

we would like to draw your attention to preparing and submitting an original contribution on the following topic: environmental impact following industrial vs. natural processes. This Special Issue will bring together scientific contributions dedicated to current studies on industrial/urban/natural/social/economic impacts on Earth, in keeping or not with the challenges of the Third Millennium, and vice versa. The studies will be from the observational/forecasting/modelling/experimental/laboratory points of view. The goal is that of updating the state-of-the-art on the following subtopics: industrial processes and associated environmental impact, interaction between industrial/natural processes and urban areas, big fires and combustion, heavy metal contamination, sand and dust storms, hurricanes, floods, volcanic eruptions. The Special Issue will consider then update the existing literature by integrating different investigation approaches, with a keen eye for sustainable development and future generations. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further informations on this Special Issue. Many thanks in advance for your interest, and best regards

Dr. Domenico M. Doronzo
Dr. John S. Armstrong-Altrin
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Industrial and natural processes
  • Environmental impact
  • Big fires and combustion
  • Natural disasters

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A Novel Approach to Bridging Physical, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Indicators with Spatial Distributions of Agricultural Heritage Systems (AHS) in China
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6921; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176921 - 26 Aug 2020
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This paper aimed at analyzing the spatial distribution and variation of agricultural heritage systems (AHSs) in China. In particular, the spatial relationships between AHS sites and influencing factors were analyzed by employing a spatial analysis approach, i.e., solving for cause–effect relations. Then, two [...] Read more.
This paper aimed at analyzing the spatial distribution and variation of agricultural heritage systems (AHSs) in China. In particular, the spatial relationships between AHS sites and influencing factors were analyzed by employing a spatial analysis approach, i.e., solving for cause–effect relations. Then, two reasonable pathways for protecting AHSs were proposed following this methodology. The results showed that the number of AHS sites in eastern China was larger than in western China. This peculiar distribution is thought to be affected by distinctive natural resource endowments and sociocultural traits of local agricultural systems. Indeed, a series of natural, sociocultural, and economic factors were analyzed to reveal their relationships with AHSs. In China, AHS sites have excellent and unique natural conditions, and their clustered distributions positively correlate with the spatial distribution of high-quality agricultural products and the biological abundance index; on the other hand, they negatively correlate with the relief degree of the land surface and GDP. Further results showed that regions with AHSs were mainly located in rural areas of major Chinese cultural zones. In conclusion, two pathways of implementation of high-quality agricultural products and agro-tourism were proposed in order to play an integrated economic, social, and ecological function for protecting AHSs in China. These scientific findings may encourage local governments to protect AHSs and the transition of rural communities. Full article
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Carbon and Water Footprints of Tibet: Spatial Pattern and Trend Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3294; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083294 - 17 Apr 2020
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Tibet in China has extremely a fragile natural ecosystem, which is under a great pressure from global changes. The carbon footprint (CF) and water footprint (WF), reflecting the pressures of regional development on the natural environment, represent a lacuna in the field of [...] Read more.
Tibet in China has extremely a fragile natural ecosystem, which is under a great pressure from global changes. The carbon footprint (CF) and water footprint (WF), reflecting the pressures of regional development on the natural environment, represent a lacuna in the field of study in Tibet due to missing data. In this paper, the 2012 multi-regional input–output table of China was employed to quantify the CF and WF of Tibet and the relationship between Tibet and other provinces of China. Spatial pattern and key sectors were also studied to demonstrate the current characters and the future trend of footprints. Tibet’s carbon emission was 4.0 Mt, 32.7% of CF, indicating that Tibet was a net importing region of carbon emission. Tibet received embodied carbon emission by trade from other regions, especially from Hebei, Inner Mongolia and Henan provinces, but played a complex role in virtual water allocation by transferring to most provinces and receiving from some provinces. The CF of Tibet will increase under different scenarios of 2030, but the WF can be restricted to 2.5 Gt in the slow scenario. In the future, imports of virtual resources will benefit the fragile ecosystem of Tibet and moreover, it is vital to restrict the local resource-intensive sectors and improve resource-use efficiency. Full article
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