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A selection of special issues here focuses on today's key environmental challenges. We hope that they'd help provide deeper and more comprehensive views on discussed topics. Enjoy browsing. We also welcome your article submissions to our journals. If you have ideas for future special issues or questions about publishing your research, feel free to contact one of our Publishing Editors.

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Environmental Economics of the Coronavirus Pandemic

© SpringerThe COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the most rapid changes in the global economy ever seen. Accompanied by almost worldwide restrictions on movement and behavior this marks a phenomenon of truly historic proportions But what might be the consequence for the natural environment and its intimate relationship with human wellbeing? Short term this has been marked by incredibly rapid change in natural resource use, industrial and transport related emissions and wider greenhouse gases. Will these changes endure or at least leave some residual effect upon the way we live our lives and our relationship with the environment? This Special Issue offers an extensive and in-depth assessment of the short-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and charts recovery pathways for the economy, people, and the planet. Read the issue


Climate finance justice: International perspectives on climate policy, social justice, and capital

© SpringerThe politics of climate finance are centered on the recognition that the Global North has disproportionately benefited from fossil fuel production and use, while the Global South experiences more severe hazard events, such as droughts and storms, with higher levels of vulnerability to them. According to this framing, the Global North has both the moral responsibility to fund climate change mitigation and adaptation responses and the greater capacity to do so. Climate finance is thus a reaction to historical and ongoing injustice at the same time that it needs to be interpreted through the framework of justice. In this special issue, we explore the multiple and contested intersections of climate justice and finance. What kinds of justice and injustice do we see in climate finance? And how does climate justice influence flows and constructions of capital? Read the issue


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Hydrogeology Journal

This special issue aims to collect and disseminate the most recent science on Australia’s Great Artesian Basin (GAB), and also to contribute to updated conceptual understanding of the GAB that can lead to better-informed discussions and management of the basin. It also explores how the knowledge gained from intensive work conducted in the Surat Basin can inform research and management in other parts of the GAB.

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Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

The special issue presents the latest findings from expanded and ongoing research efforts in Antarctic meteorology, weather prediction, climate variability and climate change.

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Natural Hazards

The carefully edited selection of articles assembled in this special issue aims to present the effects of individual natural hazards with a particular focus on the future challenges in coastal vulnerability.

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Coral Reefs

28 articles build on the growing body of literature on these ecosystems, providing a deeper understanding of the processes governing the life of reef systems, and the implications for their future in our rapidly changing world.

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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

This topical collection reflects some examples of the research presented during the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) held at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome from 2 to 4 May 2018.

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Water Resources Management

This special issue offers in a set of seven articles the main results and water management applications resulting from six eartH2Observecase studies and aims to assist applications of developed methods in other areas.

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Sustainable Water Resources Management

This special issue presents papers dealing with different aspects of groundwater stress and vulnerability assessment, and covers both theoretical/methodological issues on groundwater vulnerability and case studies in different hydrogeological contexts. In total, the papers offer an example of different approaches for groundwater stress and vulnerability assessment in different regions of the world, aimed to a more sustainable use of groundwater resources.

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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

There are a number of challenges involved in researching the effects of hazardous substance inputs on aquatic ecosystems. These include increasing knowledge of mechanistic features at various scales (from individuals down to the cellular and molecular level) and the development and testing of effective tools to monitor biota health in areas under anthropogenic pressure. In this special section, based on papers presented at the 14th edition of the International Francophone Symposium on Aquatic Ecotoxicology (EcoBIM 2018), it will be possile to discover the results of recent works on the fate and effects of legacy pollutants (metals, pesticides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons), as well as emerging pollutants (nanomaterials and microplastics) and new developments in analytical tools (behavior monitoring and omics).

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Geochemical Transactions

This special issue aims to bring together a series of research articles exemplifying recent developments in state-of-the-art experimental and numerical approaches toward understanding mineral-water interfaces. The Guest Editors hope that readers view this special issue as an excellent opportunity, both to honor Dr. Donald Sparks’ enduring accomplishments in Environmental Geochemistry and Soil Chemistry and to share new developments in the field.

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Journal of Soils and Sediments

The papers presented in this special issue emphasize the importance of sediment studies for tackling problems of pollution and global climate change impacts as well as the the economic value of sediments.

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Regional Environmental Change

The contributions presented in this collection employ diverse conceptual and interdisciplinary perspectives and provide original empirical insights to examine the intersections between local understandings of climate change and politics, history, culture, livelihoods and policy across a range of scales from local to national and regional.

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