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Ecosystems are heavily impacted by globalizing processes: climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, pollution or, more positively, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy initiatives, with complex feedback loops affecting human health. Sustainable development has become the dominant theme of the SDGs, while broad-based and more recurrent ecological crises keep global environmental issues high on the international policy agenda. Preventing, mitigating, and adapting to the climate crisis is now of existential importance.
Papers submitted under this section topic examine pathways by which globalization processes (e.g., trade, investment, consumption-driven economic growth, extractivism, and other anthropogenic activities) shape health outcomes via pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, water security, food security/insecurity, and other ecosystem transformations. Papers should also address the equity dimensions of the causes and consequences of globalization-related changes in environmental health risks and interventions.