New Cell Press environmental change and sustainability journal partners with Gold Standard to offset carbon emissions
One Earth, a forthcoming journal for high-quality research that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental grand challenges, has partnered with Gold Standard, a standards body that certifies initiatives that support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Together, they will offset three tons of carbon emissions for every research paper the journal publishes. The first issue of One Earth, from publisher Cell Press, will appear online on September 20, 2019.
This partnership was inspired in part through conversations between One Earth editors and the research community. It became clear that the journal’s prospective authors live their science; it determines not only their professional path but also their lifestyle, environmental ethics, and day-to-day decisions.
“We recognize that our authors are conscious of their environmental footprint and conducting science can sometimes compromise these values,” says Lewis Collins, the Editor-in-Chief of One Earth. “I am delighted that through partnering with Gold Standard we are able to offset some of the unavoidable emissions associated with the work leading to the papers we publish and support the transition to a low-carbon society.”
The carbon offsetting efforts Gold Standard certifies work by allowing individuals and organizations to contribute financially to projects that reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Through investing in Gold Standard certified projects, One Earth, on behalf of its authors, can play an active role in mitigating against climate change, in addition to the scientific impact of the research published in the journal.
“We’re pleased to take advantage of the clear synergy between our organizations, as we rely on research brought forward by publications like One Earth to understand what environmental challenges we face and inform the most effective solutions to address them,” says Sarah Leugers, Director of Communications at Gold Standard. “It’s then Gold Standard’s job to enable high-impact interventions that drive positive change for climate security and sustainable development.”
One Earth (http://www.cell.com/one-earth, @OneEarth_CP), published by Cell Press, is a monthly journal that features high-quality research across the spectrum of environmental change and sustainability science that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental Grand Challenges. A sister journal to Cell, Chem, and Joule, One Earth aspires to break down barriers between disciplines and stimulate the cross-pollination of ideas with a platform that unites communities, fosters dialogue, and encourages transformative research.
Gold Standard (www.goldstandard.org, @goldstandard) was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also contributed to sustainable development. Its next-generation standard launched in 2017, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, allows climate and development initiatives to quantify, certify, and maximise their impacts toward climate security and sustainable development. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that these results are measured and verified, enabling credible tracking of progress toward the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Gold Standard now has a broad NGO Supporter Network and 1500+ projects in over 80 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.