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Global Challenges

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Editors-in-Chief: Jörn Ritterbusch, Kirsten Severing, Editors: Prisca Henheik, Anna Troeger, Till von Graberg

Online ISSN: 2056-6646

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Call for Papers

Global Challenges is looking for quality research papers, reviews, editorials and commentaries spanning research and practice. The journal gives priority to quality research reports that develop our understanding of, or address, the global challenges Climate Change, Energy, Food Agriculture & Nutrition, Global Health, or Water. Currently, we are particularly welcoming submissions for the following special issues:

- Interdisciplinary Research and Impact

- Optimizing the Institutional Design of Scientific Advisory Committees for Quality, Salience, and Legitimacy

Our vision is to mobilize research, debate and leadership in the global challenges and create a platform for directing and setting the research and policy agenda.

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    The Water Footprint of Hydropower Production—State of the Art and Methodological Challenges

    Tor Haakon Bakken, Ånund Killingtveit and Knut Alfredsen

    Version of Record online: 6 JUN 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201600018

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    This paper reviews published estimates of water consumption from hydropower production and the methodology behind these numbers. The review reveals very large variations, explained by an inconsistent methodology and the very site-specific nature of hydropower projects. We also argue that there is a lack of understanding of the role of reservoirs in water resources management and in the energy system.

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    Performance of Pyridylthiourea-Polyethylenimine Polyplex for siRNA-Mediated Liver Cancer Therapy in Cell Monolayer, Spheroid, and Tumor Xenograft Models

    Jean Baptiste Gossart, Etienne Pascal, Florent Meyer, Emilie Heuillard, Mathieu Gonçalves, Francine Gossé, Eric Robinet, Benoît Frisch, Cendrine Seguin and Guy Zuber

    Version of Record online: 19 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700013

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    Translation of siRNA delivery system performance from in vitro to in vivo tumor models remains elusive. The antiproliferating activities of a polyplex containing an siRNA targeting the polo-like kinase and pyridylthiourea-grafted polyethylenimine in three preclinical models of liver cancer consisting of cell monolayer, spheroid, and xenograft in mice are reported.

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    Catchment Level Water Resource Constraints on UK Policies for Low-Carbon Energy System Transitions by 2030

    D. Dennis Konadu and Richard A. Fenner

    Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700006

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    Energy system trajectories in the UK Carbon Budgets to 2030 project minimal water resource impacts nationally. However, catchments such as the Trent and Thames can face significant future water resource challenges due to increased water resource requirements for thermal electricity generation from carbon capture and storage and gas, highlighting the need to conduct water-energy assessments at appropriate regional scales.

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    Nanoporous UHMWPE Membrane Separators for Safer and High-Power-Density Rechargeable Batteries

    Runlai Li and Ping Gao

    Version of Record online: 11 MAY 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700020

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    Separators are the most critical safety component in rechargeable batteries. HKUST's new safer separator offers the safety solution by displaying tensile strengths higher than stainless steel upon thermal fuse activation. Besides, batteries using these new separators show no charge/discharge hysteresis and display at least 10% higher energy density than those using commercial separators.

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    Crossing the Death Valley to Transfer Environmental Decision Support Systems to the Water Market

    Manel Poch, Joaquim Comas, Ulises Cortés, Miquel Sànchez-Marrè and Ignasi Rodríguez-Roda

    Version of Record online: 10 APR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700009

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    Efforts must be focused on the use and transfer to market step to deal with the key challenges contributing on bridging the gap between a good academic environmental decision support systems and a good market tool with a generalized use and/or implementation: Problem ownership and end user engagement, longevity and financial sustainability, and trust and evaluation.