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  • Synthesizing social and environmental sensing to monitor the impact of large-scale infrastructure development ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY Li, Y., Zhang, Y., Tiffany, L., Chen, R., Meng, C., Liu, J. 2021; 124: 527-540
  • Assessing progress towards sustainable development over space and time (vol 577, pg 74, 2020) NATURE Xu, Z., Chau, S. N., Chen, X., Zhang, J., Li, Y., Dietz, T., Wang, J., Winkler, J. A., Fan, F., Huang, B., Li, S., Wu, S., Herzberger, A., Tang, Y., Hong, D., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2021; 592 (7856): E28

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41586-021-03479-2

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  • Impacts of irrigated agriculture on food-energy-water-CO2 nexus across metacoupled systems NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Xu, Z., Chen, X., Liu, J., Zhang, Y., Chau, S., Bhattarai, N., Wang, Y., Li, Y., Connor, T., Li, Y. 2020; 11 (1): 5837

    Abstract

    Irrigated agriculture has important implications for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. However, there is a lack of systematic and quantitative analyses of its impacts on food-energy-water-CO2 nexus. Here we studied impacts of irrigated agriculture on food-energy-water-CO2 nexus across food sending systems (the North China Plain (NCP)), food receiving systems (the rest of China) and spillover systems (Hubei Province, affected by interactions between sending and receiving systems), using life cycle assessment, model scenarios, and the framework of metacoupling (socioeconomic-environmental interactions within and across borders). Results indicated that food supply from the NCP promoted food sustainability in the rest of China, but the NCP consumed over four times more water than its total annual renewable water, with large variations in food-energy-water-CO2 nexus across counties. Although Hubei Province was seldom directly involved in the food trade, it experienced substantial losses in water and land due to the construction of the South-to-North Water Transfer Project which aims to alleviate water shortages in the NCP. This study suggests the need to understand impacts of agriculture on food-energy-water-CO2 nexus in other parts of the world to achieve global sustainability.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41467-020-19520-3

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  • Spatially explicit quantification of the interactions among ecosystem services LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY Li, Y., Zhang, L., Qiu, J., Yan, J., Wan, L., Wang, P., Hu, N., Cheng, W., Fu, B. 2017; 32 (6): 1181-1199
  • Mapping the hotspots and coldspots of ecosystem services in conservation priority setting JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES Li Yingjie, Zhang Liwei, Yan Junping, Wang Pengtao, Hu Ningke, Cheng Wei, Fu Bojie 2017; 27 (6): 681-696
  • Exploring the interaction between renewables and energy storage for zero-carbon electricity systems ENERGY Li, C., Chen, D., Li, Y., Li, F., Li, R., Wu, Q., Liu, X., Wei, J., He, S., Zhou, B., Allen, S. 2022; 261
  • Mapping the rapid development of photovoltaic power stations in northwestern China using remote sensing ENERGY REPORTS Xia, Z., Li, Y., Chen, R., Sengupta, D., Guo, X., Xiong, B., Niu, Y. 2022; 8: 4117-4127
  • Solar photovoltaic program helps turn deserts green in China: Evidence from satellite monitoring. Journal of environmental management Xia, Z., Li, Y., Zhang, W., Chen, R., Guo, S., Zhang, P., Du, P. 2022; 324: 116338

    Abstract

    Solar energy is considered one of the key solutions to the growing demand for energy and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to the relatively low cost of land use for solar energy and high power generation potential, a large number of photovoltaic (PV) power stations have been established in desert areas around the world. Despite the contribution to easing the energy crisis and combating climate change, large-scale construction and operation of PV power stations can change the land cover and affect the environment. However, few studies have focused on these special land cover changes, especially vegetation cover changes, which hinders understanding the effects of the extensive development of solar energy. Here, we used Continuous Change Detection and Classification - Spectral Mixture Analysis (CCDC-SMA) based on Landsat images to monitor changes in vegetation abundance before and after the PV power stations deployment. To reduce the interference of PV shading on vegetation abundance estimation, we improved the vegetation (VG) fraction from SMA and developed the Photovoltaics-Adjusted Vegetation (PAVG) fraction for vegetation abundance measurements in PV power stations. Results show that PV power stations in China's 12 biggest deserts expanded from 0 to 102.56 km2 from 2011 to 2018, mainly distributed in the central part of north China. The desert vegetation in the deployment area of PV power stations presented a significant greening trend. Compared to 2010, the greening area reached 30.80 km2, accounting for 30% of the total area of PV power stations. Overall, the large-scale deployment of PV power stations has promoted desert greening, primarily due to government-led Photovoltaic Desert Control Projects and favorable climatic change. This study shows the great benefits of PV power stations in combating desertification and improving people's welfare, which bring sustainable economic, ecological and social prosperity in sandy ecosystems.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116338

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  • Ecosystem service assessments across cascade levels: typology and an evidence map ECOSYSTEM SERVICES Wang, Z., Fu, B., Zhang, L., Wu, X., Li, Y. 2022; 57
  • Unraveling human drivers behind complex interrelationships among sustainable development goals: a demonstration in a flagship protected area ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY Yang, H., Dietz, T., Li, Y., Dou, Y., Wang, Y., Huang, Q., Zhang, J., Songer, M., Liu, J. 2022; 27 (3)
  • Bundling regions for promoting Sustainable Development Goals ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Wu, X., Liu, J., Fu, B., Wang, S., Wei, Y., Li, Y. 2022; 17 (4)
  • Global impacts of future urban expansion on terrestrial vertebrate diversity NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Li, G., Fang, C., Li, Y., Wang, Z., Sun, S., He, S., Qi, W., Bao, C., Ma, H., Fan, Y., Feng, Y., Liu, X. 2022; 13 (1): 1628

    Abstract

    Rapid urban expansion has profound impacts on global biodiversity through habitat conversion, degradation, fragmentation, and species extinction. However, how future urban expansion will affect global biodiversity needs to be better understood. We contribute to filling this knowledge gap by combining spatially explicit projections of urban expansion under shared socioeconomic pathways (SSPs) with datasets on habitat and terrestrial biodiversity (amphibians, mammals, and birds). Overall, future urban expansion will lead to 11-33 million hectares of natural habitat loss by 2100 under the SSP scenarios and will disproportionately cause large natural habitat fragmentation. The urban expansion within the current key biodiversity priority areas is projected to be higher (e.g., 37-44% higher in the WWF's Global 200) than the global average. Moreover, the urban land conversion will reduce local within-site species richness by 34% and species abundance by 52% per 1 km grid cell, and 7-9 species may be lost per 10 km cell. Our study suggests an urgent need to develop a sustainable urban development pathway to balance urban expansion and biodiversity conservation.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41467-022-29324-2

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  • Decoupling of SDGs followed by re-coupling as sustainable development progresses NATURE SUSTAINABILITY Wu, X., Fu, B., Wang, S., Song, S., Li, Y., Xu, Z., Wei, Y., Liu, J. 2022; 5 (5): 452-459
  • High-resolution mapping of water photovoltaic development in China through satellite imagery INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED EARTH OBSERVATION AND GEOINFORMATION Xia, Z., Li, Y., Guo, X., Chen, R. 2022; 107
  • Global red and processed meat trade and non-communicable diseases BMJ GLOBAL HEALTH Chung, M., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2021; 6 (11)

    Abstract

    Rapid increases in the trade of global red and processed meat impede international efforts toward sustainable diets by increasing meat consumption. However, little research has examined cross-country variations in diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) because of meat trade. We aimed to examine the impact of red and processed meat trade on diet-related NCDs and to identify which countries are particularly vulnerable to diet-related NCDs due to red and processed meat trade.By selecting 14 red meat and six processed meat items, we investigated bilateral meat trade flows across 154 countries. Then, we integrated health data and information on red and processed meat trade to quantify the country-specific burden of diet-related NCDs attributable to the meat trade using a comparative risk assessment framework.Results show that global increases in red and processed meat trade contributed to the abrupt increase of diet-related NCDs, and the attributable burden of diet-related NCDs had large geographical variations among countries. We also identified responsible exporting countries that increase diet-related NCD risks in importing countries. Over the period from 1993 to 2018, island countries in the Caribbean and Oceania were particularly vulnerable to diet-related NCD incidents and mortality due to large meat imports. In addition, countries in Northern and Eastern Europe have exceedingly increased attributable death and disability-adjusted life year rates via meat imports.Our findings suggest that both exporters and importers must urgently undertake cross-sectoral actions to reduce the meat trade's health impacts. To prevent unintended health consequences due to red and processed meat trade, future interventions need to integrate health policies with agricultural and trade policies by cooperating with both responsible exporting and importing countries.

    View details for DOI 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006394

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  • Integrating ecosystem service supply and demand into ecological risk assessment: a comprehensive framework and case study LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY Wang, Z., Zhang, L., Li, X., Li, Y., Fu, B. 2021; 36 (10): 2977-2995
  • Ecosystem Services under Climate Change Impact Water Infrastructure in a Highly Forested Basin WATER Li, X., Zhang, L., J. O'Connor, P., Yan, J., Wang, B., Liu, D., Wang, P., Wang, Z., Wan, L., Li, Y. 2020; 12 (10)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/w12102825

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  • A network perspective for mapping freshwater service flows at the watershed scale ECOSYSTEM SERVICES Wang, Z., Zhang, L., Li, X., Li, Y., Frans, V. F., Yan, J. 2020; 45
  • Impacts of international trade on global sustainable development NATURE SUSTAINABILITY Xu, Z., Li, Y., Chau, S. N., Dietz, T., Li, C., Wan, L., Zhang, J., Zhang, L., Li, Y., Chung, M., Liu, J. 2020; 3 (11): 964-971
  • Assessing progress towards sustainable development over space and time NATURE Xu, Z., Chau, S. N., Chen, X., Zhang, J., Li, Y., Dietz, T., Wang, J., Winkler, J. A., Fan, F., Huang, B., Li, S., Wu, S., Herzberger, A., Tang, Y., Hong, D., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2020; 577 (7788): 74-+

    Abstract

    To address global challenges1-4, 193 countries have committed to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)5. Quantifying progress towards achieving the SDGs is essential to track global efforts towards sustainable development and guide policy development and implementation. However, systematic methods for assessing spatio-temporal progress towards achieving the SDGs are lacking. Here we develop and test systematic methods to quantify progress towards the 17 SDGs at national and subnational levels in China. Our analyses indicate that China's SDG Index score (an aggregate score representing the overall performance towards achieving all 17 SDGs) increased at the national level from 2000 to 2015. Every province also increased its SDG Index score over this period. There were large spatio-temporal variations across regions. For example, eastern China had a higher SDG Index score than western China in the 2000s, and southern China had a higher SDG Index score than northern China in 2015. At the national level, the scores of 13 of the 17 SDGs improved over time, but the scores of four SDGs declined. This study suggests the need to track the spatio-temporal dynamics of progress towards SDGs at the global level and in other nations.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41586-019-1846-3

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  • The NPP-Based Composite Indicator for Assessing the Variations of Water Provision Services at the National Scale WATER Zheng, H., Zhang, L., Wang, P., Li, Y. 2019; 11 (8)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/w11081628

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  • Interactive national virtual water-energy nexus networks SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT Xu, Z., Li, Y., Herzberger, A., Chen, X., Gong, M., Kapsar, K., Hovis, C., Whyte, J., Tang, Y., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2019; 673: 128-135

    Abstract

    Across the globe, many regions import virtual resources to support their development. Although many researchers have studied transfers of a single virtual resource, interactions across two types of virtual resource transfer networks - energy and water, for example - have rarely been explored simultaneously. To address these knowledge gaps, we constructed and analyzed interprovincial virtual water and energy transfer networks, using China (the largest energy consumer and is undergoing severe water scarcity) as a demonstration. The results unexpectedly showed that more than 40% of provinces gained one kind of resource (either water or energy) through trade at the expense of losing the other kind of internal resource (energy or water), and 20% of provinces suffered a double loss of both water and energy. The remaining provinces gained both water and energy. Surprisingly, approximately 40% of transferred water/energy was from relatively water/energy-scarce provinces to water/energy-abundant provinces, further deepening resource inequality. Moreover, 33.3% and 26.7% of the provinces relied more on cross-border trade than on internal resources to support their water and energy consumption, respectively. Furthermore, in terms of total trade volume, 83.3% and 73.3% of provinces depended more on distant provinces via trade than adjacent ones to support their water and energy consumption, respectively. Overall, virtual water-energy networks tended to enhance each other. Trade largely shaped the nexus relationship between water and energy consumption in provinces. Our study suggests that there is an urgent need to assess multiple virtual resource networks simultaneously in other countries to uncover unintended consequences and to develop cross-sectoral and holistic policies to achieve global sustainability and human well-being.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.298

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  • Evolution of multiple global virtual material flows SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT Xu, Z., Chau, S. N., Ruzzenenti, F., Connor, T., Li, Y., Tang, Y., Li, D., Gong, M., Liu, J. 2019; 658: 659-668

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    The world is connected through multiple flows of material, but a comprehensive assessment of their temporal dynamics and interactions is rare. To address this knowledge gap, we assessed the evolution and interactions of global flows of virtual water, energy, land, CO2, nitrogen as well as financial capital embodied in international trade from 1995 to 2008. We found that the volumes of all these flows, except for land flow, increased over time. Financial capital flows increased most (188.9%), followed by flows of CO2 (59.3%), energy (58.1%), water (50.7%) and nitrogen (10.5%), while land transfer decreased by 8.8%. Volumes of virtual material flows among distant countries were much higher than those among adjacent countries. The top five countries accounted for a surprisingly large proportion (47% to 80%) of total flow volumes. Different kinds of virtual material flows tended to enhance each other through synergistic effects, and CO2 and nitrogen flows tended to have stronger positive synergetic impacts on the other virtual material flows. Our results suggest that it is important to pay particular attention to such fast-growing material flows, promote cooperation between distant countries, and target countries with the largest flows to achieve global sustainable development goals.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.169

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  • Telecoupling Research: The First Five Years SUSTAINABILITY Kapsar, K. E., Hovis, C. L., Bicudo da Silva, R., Buchholtz, E. K., Carlson, A. K., Dou, Y., Du, Y., Furumo, P. R., Li, Y., Torres, A., Yang, D., Wan, H., Zaehringer, J. G., Liu, J. 2019; 11 (4)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/su11041033

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  • Toward Rigorous Telecoupling Causal Attribution: A Systematic Review and Typology SUSTAINABILITY Carlson, A. K., Zaehringer, J. G., Garrett, R. D., Bicudo Silva, R., Furumo, P. R., Raya Rey, A. N., Torres, A., Chung, M., Li, Y., Liu, J. 2018; 10 (12)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/su10124426

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  • Spatio-temporal variations of the flood mitigation service of ecosystem under different climate scenarios in the Upper Reaches of Hanjiang River Basin, China JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES Wang Pengtao, Zhang Liwei, Li Yingjie, Jiao Lei, Wang Hao, Yan Junping, Lu Yihe, Fu Bojie 2018; 28 (10): 1385-1398
  • A graded index for evaluating precipitation heterogeneity in China JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES Liu Yonglin, Yan Junping, Cen Minyi, Fang Qunsheng, Liu Zhengyao, Li Yingjie 2016; 26 (6): 673-693