Journal of Industrial Ecology

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Special Issues

Special Issue on Complexity and Industrial Ecology (Volume 13, Issue 2)
In complexity theory system evolution is a central paradigm. Under its banner, a range of methodologies and associated tools have been developed, such as artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, agent-based modeling, system dynamics and hybrid modeling. It may therefore be seen that the use of complexity theory and tools has potential to shift the frontier of industrial ecology, by enhancing the quality of systems analysis and by underpinning recommendations for redirecting industrial development towards sustainability. The articles of this special issue range from addressing the future of the industrial system and humans to the use of agent-based modeling on relativly small elements of the industrial system.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.
 

Special Issue on Material Use across World Regions (Volume 12, Issue 5-6)

One of the most important reasons for unsustainable development is the huge amounts and the specific quality of materials used by contemporary industrial production and consumption systems. Analyzing this social metabolism at different levels and finding ways to reorient it towards more sustainable paths in the future has been a major topic in industrial ecology since its beginning. Articles in this special double issue examine resource use at a global scale, national, and world region scale and analyze metal cycles, policies based on material flow analysis, and policy implications. Research includes case studies of Japan, Australia, Austria, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.
 

Special Issue on Nanotechnology and Industrial Ecology (Volume 12, Issue 3)

This special issue examines the environmental and human health implications positive and negative of current and potential applications of nanotechnology. It discusses what industrial ecology and nanotechnology have to offer each other, and it questions the benefits of nanotechnology in light of the impacts of producing it. This special issue also covers the health and environmental implications of this emerging technology as well as the potential obstacle of public perception.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Free Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.

Special Issue on Industrial Ecology and the Global Impact of Cities (Volume 11, Issue 2)

This special issue examines the metabolism and global impact of cities. Research in these articles analyze the input of material into construction in areas of rapid urbanization and the output of greenhouse gas emissions in metropolitan areas. Past studies suggest that as cities grow more affluent, the spatial scale of environmental issues shift from local to global. This issue suggests that this shift in scale does not necessarily mean a shift towards sustainability.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.

Special Issue on Priorities for Environmental Product Policy (Volume 10, Issue 3)

The mission of this special issue is to set priorities for environmental product policy. This issue brings together about a dozen of the most influential and important studies on priority setting for final comsumption activities from the last 5 years. Articles address standardizing methodologies, harmonizing classifications, and identifying high-impact product categories in Europe.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.

Special Issue on Eco-Efficiency (Volume 9, Issue 4)

Industrial ecology is centrally concerned wih the relationship between the economy and the environment, and much of the research in the field focuses on the analysis of environmental impacts: their causes, options for their prevention, and their assessment, with eco-efficiency as one way of integrating economic and environmental evaluation. The articles in this special issue show the diversity present in this challenging subject.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.
 

Special Issue on Consumption and Industrial Ecology (Volume 9, Issue 1-2)

This special double-issue focuses attention on consumption by the global consumer class, and especially in OECD countries, where half of this consumer class resides. Only by taking consumption into account can industrial ecology provide the type of analysis required by international policy makers. This special issue is an attempt to close the gap in environmental research between production and consumption. Contributions within this issue also review and argue for alternatives to consumption.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to Full Text PDF filesof all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.

Special Issue on the Industrial Ecology of Bio-based Materials (Volume 7, Issue 3-4)

This special double issue assesses the promise and limitations of use of biomass in lieu of petrochemically-based feedstocks and energy carriers. Advances in biotechnology have made this technology pathway both more cost-effective and potentially "greener."  Several recent studies (Gerngross 1999, Kurdikar et al. 2000), however, have cast doubt on the environmental desirability of bio-based materials, highlighting the need for systems-based analyses. Industrial ecology, as a field centrally concerned with materials choice, opportunities for environmental improvement through technological innovation, and insights to be gained from systems-based analyses, is especially well-positioned to examine whether a dramatic shift from petrochemicals to bio-based materials is advantageous.
The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Free Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience  web site.

Special Issue on E-Commerce, the Internet, and the Environment (Volume 6, Issue 2)

Articles in this special issue analyze the environmental consequences of telecommunication and the transformation of wholesaling, warehousing and retailing by network technology. Conventional and digital approaches to grocery shopping, book selling and scholarly journals are compared in terms of their environmental impact. The research, ranging from the US to Germany, Finland to Japan, suggests that seemingly small decisions--by consumers, logistic firms, or businesses--can have large outcomes, often shifting environmental impacts from desirable to undesirable and vice versa.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.
 

Special Issue on  The Industrial Ecology of Paper and Wood (Volume 1, Issue 3)

This special issue examines the pulp and paper industry and, to a lesser extent, the solid wood products industry from the perspective of industrial ecology. The issue introduces the findings of three major recent studies of significant scope and systematic orientation on production, consumption and waste management of pulp and paper. In addition, the transcript of a lively Roundtable Forum held with the authors of the three studies is presented along with a Commentary by Sten Nilsson, head of Forestry Research at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to Full Text PDF files for the Introduction to the Roundtable on the Industrial Ecology of Pulp and Paper and the Roundtable itself. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.


Special Series

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is running two special series on  topics of interest to the industrial ecology community.  The articles, book reviews, and columns that comprise these series are published across multiple issues of the Journal of Industrial Ecology rather than in a single issue.
 

Special Series on Chlorine Flows and the Environment

The series on chlorine flows in the environment includes a comprehensive systems flow analysis of chlorine use in four parts, a case study of chlorine use in the Netherlands in two parts, an article on minimizing chlorine use in chemical manufacturing, another addressing the global warming impact of CFCs and two articles on PVCs--one regarding data quality, the other combining LCA and SFA approaches.

The special series page lists the articles in the chlorine series and re-directs viewers to the table of contents for the specific issue containing any chlorine flow article of interest.

Special Series on Education in Industrial Ecology

The series on education in industrial ecology examines curriculum development, instructional materials and organizational challenges for university and corporate education/training in industrial ecology, pollution prevention and other related fields.  The Special Series on Education in Industrial Ecology is made possible through support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, AT&T, Pitney-Bowes, and ThermoRetec Corporation.

The special series page lists the articles in the education series and re-directs viewers to the Full Text PDF files.


Special Feature on Industrial Symbiosis (Volume 11, Issue 1)

 
This special feature consists of four articles that "uncover" symbiosis (Chertow 2007) and provide case studies from China, Australia, and the United States.

The table of contents for this issue contains links to the Full Text PDF files of all the articles. The page is available on the Journal's Wiley Interscience web site.



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