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Section Editor: Matthew Chersich, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Deputy Section Editor: Maud Huynen, Maastricht University, the Netherlands 

Ecosystems often cross borders, and their ecologies are heavily impacted by globalizing processes: climate change, resource depletion, pollution or, more positively, sustainable agriculture or renewable energy initiatives. Globalization plays a role (for better and for worse) in the health or vitality of ecosystems, which in turn plays a role in human health with feedback loops creating complex pathways of causality. Sustainable development has become the dominant theme of the post-2015 development agenda, as the potential of broad-based ecological crises keeps global environmental issues high on the global policy agenda. Papers submitted under this topic examine pathways by which globalization processes (e.g. trade, investment, economic growth, population growth, and other anthropogenic activities) impact health outcomes via pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, water security, food security/insecurity, and other ecosystem transformations that give rise to increased health risks. A particular interest is in submissions that address the equity dimensions of the causes and consequences of globalization-related changes in environmental health risks.

  1. Climate Change is adversely affecting health by increasing human vulnerability and exposure to climate-related stresses. Climate change impacts human health both directly and indirectly, through extreme weathe...

    Authors: Patricia Nayna Schwerdtle, Elizabeth Irvine, Sonia Brockington, Carol Devine, Maria Guevara and Kathryn J. Bowen

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:54

    Content type: Commentary

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  2. Due to unrestricted entry of wastewater into the environment and the transportation of microbial contaminants to humans and organisms, environmental protection requires the use of appropriate purification syst...

    Authors: Zahra Aghalari, Hans-Uwe Dahms, Mika Sillanpää, Juan Eduardo Sosa-Hernandez and Roberto Parra-Saldívar

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2020 16:13

    Content type: Review

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  3. The circular economy framework for human production and consumption is an alternative to the traditional, linear concept of ‘take, make, and dispose’. Circular economy (CE) principles comprise of ‘design out w...

    Authors: Caradee Y. Wright, Linda Godfrey, Giovanna Armiento, Lorren K. Haywood, Roula Inglesi-Lotz, Katrina Lyne and Patricia Nayna Schwerdtle

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:65

    Content type: Commentary

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  4. Scientific cooperation is one of the effective methods to access current knowledge and technologies and also to use successful experiences of researchers in developed countries by academicians living in develo...

    Authors: Aram Tirgar, Seyed Ali Sajjadi and Zahra Aghalari

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:17

    Content type: Research

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