March 22nd – UN Recognized World Water Day
Since 1993, March 22nd has been designated World Water Day to bring awareness to the importance of fresh water. It goes without saying that access to safe drinking water is essential for survival, good health, sanitation, and quality of life. Access to fresh water is also clearly a concern as average global temperatures rise. Fresh water is predicted to become scarce in some areas of the world while more extreme flooding seasons are expected in others. Presently, the United Nations reports that 1 in 3 people do not have access to safe drinking water and estimates that by 2050 up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year. Thus, ensuring access to fresh water to everyone is critically important and will only become more difficult in the wake of global warming.
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Themed Collections promote UCL Research
ScienceOpen has worked with its partner, UCL Press, to create themed collections that bring together research by University College London (UCL)-affiliated authors. These collections promote the University’s research output in a unique and interactive format and are accessible on the newly launched UCL Research Collections webpage and can also be found directly through ScienceOpen’s discovery platform. The collections are powered by ScienceOpen, utilizing the collection infrastructure of the platform. The research collections bring together thousands of records of UCL-authored published articles, pre-prints, book chapters, conference proceedings, working papers and reports from a global database into specific themes that are easily explorable in a user-friendly interface.
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A countdown to the holidays with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
And just like that, it is December! Although the holidays will look different this year—with virtual gatherings in place of in-person events, less travel, and adapted traditions—we hope you are still looking forward to the festive period! In anticipation of the season, we will be highlighting different collections on ScienceOpen beginning tomorrow and continuing each weekday through the 24th of December. The theme of this year’s countdown is the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 2020 has highlighted for us all the ways, large and small, that our world is interconnected. We feel, therefore, that it is critical to promote research on sustainability, global warming, poverty, and inequality and hope that we can do a small part in helping the research community make progress with these goals.
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