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Peer-reviewed Article
In Microplastics
Author:
Avanthi Deshani
Igalavithana
Mahagama Gedara Y. L.
Mahagamage
Pradeep
Gajanayake
Masataka
Ohgaki
Miyuki
Takenaka
Takayuki
Fukai
Norihiro
Itsubo

Microplastics (MPs) have been identified as an emerging soil pollutant and a global environmental concern. Scientists have recently paid attention to the contamination of soil by MPs as their detrimental impacts on soil systems are largely unknown. MPs are considered to be vectors for other soil contaminants, such as potentially toxic elements...

Working Paper

This paper provides good practice examples of strategies that governments have already implemented to contribute to a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 and to a longer-term redesign of their economies, which align with global goals and makes recommendations for further action. The target audience is national- and subnational-level...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Global Environmental Research
Author:
Masahiko
Hirao
Tomohiro
Tasaki
Norichika
Kanie

Ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns in the Asia region is a high-priority policy issue but challenged by a number of obstacles and the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This article argues that not only conventional policy approaches but also alternative approaches are needed in Asia to decouple socio...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Global Environmental Research

The focus of SCP policy has shifted from management of environmental pollution to wider socio-technical change including infrastructure, lifestyles and business models that are sustainable over decades. This paper first examines the expansion of the SCP policy domain through changes in focus of the following two aspects; product lifecycle policy...

Discussion Paper

Water pollution caused by microplastics generated from land-based sources (e.g. as tire-wear particles, broken road markings, synthetic textile microfibre from washing, microbeads from personal care products, discharged domestic wastewater from households, and others) is attracting attention in many countries and regions around the world as an...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Sustainability
Author:
Janet
Salem
Manfred
Lenzen

Current commitments in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are insufficient to remain within the 2-degree climate change limit agreed to in the Paris Agreement. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that lifestyle changes are now necessary to stay within the limit. We reviewed a range of NDCs and national climate change...

Peer-reviewed Article
In World Food Policy

This article asks how to achieve food waste prevention in Asia from a governance perspective by looking at Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam as case studies. Aligning stakeholders behind preventive measures on food waste requires a context-appropriate mix of hierarchical, market, and network modes of governance. This article analyzes current food waste...

Discussion Paper

Intensifying ecological crises, such as climate change, the melting Arctic, and uncontrolled destruction of habitat and biodiversity, are increasingly exposing the shortcomings of resource-intensive development models. One of the concepts helping policymakers steer a course change is sustainable consumption production and consumption (SCP). A...

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Peer-reviewed Article
In Waste Management & Research

Source separation plays a pivotal role in sustainable and integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSWM) and in achieving a circular economy in Asia. However, it is still not an official practice, and many cities continue to utilise open dumping, involving receiving mixed waste without pre-treatment. This paper, therefore, examines the...

Policy Report
Author:
Thi Bich Hien
Nguyen
Phu Song Toan
Pham
Thi Kinh
Kieu
Costas Velis
Josh Cottom
Janet Salem
Andrew Charles
Alexander Lee-Emery
Abigail Smith
Curt Garrigan

This Policy Report forms part of the output from the project: "‘Closing the Loop: Innovation and Scaling Up to Solve the Problem of Plastic Pollution in Marine Areas in ASEAN Cities", supported by  the Government of Japan. The report provides scientific-based evidence on the status of plastic pollution in Da Nang, in order to guide the development...