Themed collection IOCD Essay Competition Winners
The role of the chemical sciences in stewardship for sustainability
An introduction to the Regional Winners of the first annual Essay Competition, Young Voices in the Chemical Sciences for Sustainability.
The excellence of chemical science in achieving a sustainable world
Global warming, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, extreme weather conditions, and biodiversity loss are mainly due to the continuous rise in CO2 level in the atmosphere. Land pollution and disruption in marine life and ecosystems are partly due of generation of a million tons of plastic waste.
Climate crisis: energy storage challenges in the transition to renewable energies
This paper examines the challenges of energy storage amid the climate crisis, emphasizing the urgency for innovative solutions across the supply chain to ensure a sustainable and resilient future.
Science – a chess game against time
Modern technologies, including renewable energy equipment, consume ever-increasing amounts of critical elements. A new issue is thus created while addressing the first. Microfluidics, recycling centred research, interdisciplinary collaborations and preventative education are possible solutions.
The urgent recognition of phosphate resource scarcity and pollution
The dependence on increasingly scarce, nonrenewable phosphate rocks has led to rampant nutrient pollution in surface waters heralding significant worldwide geopolitical, environmental, and economic insecurities which will need to be addressed through phosphate remediation and community education.
“We didn’t start the fire”: how the chemical sciences can steward the use of our Earth's chemical resources
One of the winning entries from the Young Voices in the Chemical Sciences for Sustainability global essay competition.
Chemical sciences, technological innovations, and resource circulation
A multi-loop resource nexus, which features an intricate network of various resource loops, is proposed to promote circular economies. To realize efficient transfer and transformation of resources, the chemical sciences are critical for innovations in low-carbon resource recovery technologies.
About this collection
This issue of RSC Sustainability publishes the Regional Winners of the first annual Essay Competition, Young Voices in the Chemical Sciences for Sustainability, which was organized and managed by the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) and sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The theme of the 2023 IOCD Essay Competition was “How can the chemical sciences lead the stewardship of the Earth’s element resources?”.
This collection showcases the six regional winners of the competition.