In 1972, the UN General Assembly designated June 5th as World Environment Day, and in the 45 years since, it has become the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. Celebrated in over 100 countries, and hosted by a different country every year, World Environment Day focuses on what all people can do to help the environment – whether it be globally, locally, or individually.

Each year, the Day pays specific attention to a particular theme to act as a call to action for all involved – for 2018, the theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. Chosen by this year’s host country, India, the theme asks the public to consider how we might all make changes in our everyday lives to lessen the impacts of plastic pollution on the natural world. On a local level, World Environment Day and the UN Environment Programme are highlighting small changes that anyone can make in order to cut back on plastic waste – from using reusable water bottles and coffee cups to taking a more conscientious approach to picking up litter in our local environments.

In line with this year’s World Environment Day, we’ve chosen some of our publisher’s new and bestselling titles that deal with the environment. Whether examining the impacts of plastic pollution specifically or approaching sustainability, the environment, and green development more widely, these titles all provide crucial insight into the world around us – and offer strategies to help preserve it.

Climate Change and Environmental Concerns

Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, 2 Volume Set
Edited by Information Resources Management Association
May 2018 750pp
9781522554875 Hardback
Presents the latest scholarly material on the environmental effects of climate change on human health, and the mitigation of climate change on both a local and global level. Highlighting a range of pertinent topics, such as sustainable land use, greenhouse gas effects, and environmental education, this publication is designed for policy makers, professionals, government officials, students and academics.
IGI Global

Effective Ecological Monitoring

Second Edition
David Lindenmayer & Gene Likens
May 2018 224pp
9781486308927 Paperback
Long-term monitoring programmes are fundamental to understanding the natural environment and managing major environmental problems, but they are often done very ineffectively. This second edition of the highly acclaimed Effective Ecological Monitoring describes what makes monitoring programmes successful and how to ensure that long-term monitoring studies persist.
CSIRO Publishing

Forests and Sustainable Cities

Inspiring Stories from Around the World
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Jun 2018 88pp
9789251304174 Paperback
FAO invited the mayors of 15 different-sized cities from various regions around the world to present their experiences with trees and forests and to show how this green infrastructure has helped address urban challenges. The stories presented show that investing in green solutions can pay dividends, while increasing the resilience and liveability of urban environments.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO

Global Environmental Problems
Causes, Consequences, and Potential Solutions
Edited by Tobias Lanz
2016 244pp
9781631890604 Paperback
Provides an overview of the main environmental problems facing today's world, highlighting not only environmental actors, but the causes of and potential solutions to environmental crises.
Cognella Academic Publishing

Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics
Global Lessons and Research to Inspire Action and Guide Policy Change
United Nations Environment Programme
2017 272pp
9789280735802 Paperback
Presents both short- and long-term approaches to the problem of marine plastic debris and micro plastics. This report provides an overview of the latest science and experiences, identifies priority areas of action, and points out areas requiring more research.
United Nations Publications

Microplastics in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Status of Knowledge on their Occurrence and Implications for Aquatic Organisms and Food Safety
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Apr 2018 127pp
9789251098820 Paperback
FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper, 615
Provides an overview of the occurrence and effects of microplastics on aquatic organisms. The report makes recommendations regarding seafood safety and security, environmental risk assessment approaches and targeted monitoring of microplastics in the environment.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAO

Monitoring Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
Edited by Sarah Legge et al
Jan 2018 480pp
9781486307715 Paperback
Gathers insights from some of the most experienced managers and scientists involved with monitoring programmes for threatened species and ecological communities in Australia, and evaluates current monitoring programmes.
CSIRO Publishing

Waste Crime - Waste Risks
Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge
United Nations Environment Programme
2017 66pp
9788277011486 Paperback 
Waste covers a very wide spectrum of discarded materials ranging from municipal, electrical and electronic, industrial and agricultural, to new types including counterfeit pesticides. This publication provides insight into the possible scale and features of the main drivers, along with case studies.
United Nations Publications

For more information on World Environment Day, visit their website