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Environmental health is one of the largest and most paramount areas of research focus, as it directly impacts the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. Still, many environmental health challenges continue to persist around the world: according to the World Health Organization, nearly 14 million global deaths (almost 1 in 4) in 2016 were linked to risks associated with unhealthy environmental conditions.

Access to clean drinking water is still a struggle for millions; air quality and pollution is a major global concern, leading to approximately 7 million deaths each year; and global warming continues to pose significant health risks for many populations, particularly those in low-resource areas. And to combat these global challenges, there remains an imperative need for the sharing of research and information across all areas of scientific and scholarly publishing.

ACS Publications recently joined the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Publishers Compact as part of our commitment to global sustainability and the continuous dissemination of cutting-edge environmental research. Many journals across our diverse portfolio stand at the forefront of sustainable discovery and innovation in environmental health, publishing leading-edge discoveries in numerous areas of research and driving progress toward a healthier planet.

In observation of World Environment Day 2023, we invite you to read a curated selection of noteworthy ACS journal articles that are helping to shape a healthier environment and future for each of us.

Explore Key Environmental Health Research from ACS Journals

Groundwater Quality and Health: Making the Invisible Visible
Yanxin Wang*, Songhu Yuan, Jianbo Shi, Teng Ma, Xianjun Xie, Yamin Deng, Yao Du, Yiqun Gan, Zhilin Guo, Yiran Dong, Chunmiao Zheng, and Guibin Jiang
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c08061

Exploring Health Effects under Specific Causes of Mortality Based on 90 Definitions of PM2.5 and Cold Spell Combined Exposure in Shanghai, China
Yujia Huang, Yiyi Wang, Ting Zhang, Peng Wang, Lei Huang*, and Yuming Guo
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c06461

Air Purifier Intervention to Remove Indoor PM2.5 in Urban China: A Cost-Effectiveness and Health Inequality Impact Study
Ao Zhang, Yumeng Liu, John S. Ji, and Bin Zhao*
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c09730

Occurrence, Fate, and Related Health Risks of PFAS in Raw and Produced Drinking Water
Mohammad Sadia*, Ingeborg Nollen, Rick Helmus, Thomas L. ter Laak, Frederic Béen, Antonia Praetorius, and Annemarie P. van Wezel
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c06015

Human Exposure to Microplastics and Its Associated Health Risks
Anqi Sun and Wen-Xiong Wang*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00053

Influence of Exposure Pathways on Tissue Distribution and Health Impact of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Derivatives
Yu Zhang, Qian Hu, Jiaqi Fu, Xinting Li, Hongjun Mao, and Ting Wang*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00060

Multifaceted Insight into Sensitivity Analysis and Environmental Impact on Human Health of Soil Contamination Risk Assessment
Hao Zhang*, Ping Du*, Bei Yuan, Yunhui Zhang, Juan Chen, Hupeng Liu, Aiyang Li*, Yuquan Wei, Yanna Xiong*, and Bin Zhao*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00077

From Environmental Toxicants to Antibacterial Agents: BPA Analogues Selectively Inhibit the Growth of Gram-Positive Bacteria by Disturbing Biosynthesis of the Cell Wall
Huiming Cao, Zhunjie Li, Bolei Chen, Jing Wang, Zhen Zhou, Zhi Li, Yun Qian, and Yong Liang*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00092

Oligomers from the Synthetic Polymers: Another Potential Iceberg of New Pollutants
Changzhi Shi, Mengjing Wang, Zimeng Wang, Guangbo Qu, Wei Jiang, Xiangcheng Pan, and Mingliang Fang*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00086

Cellular Lipidome Changes during Retinoic Acid (RA)-Induced Differentiation in SH-SY5Y Cells: A Comprehensive In Vitro Model for Assessing Neurotoxicity of Contaminants
Michelle Camdzic, Diana S. Aga, and G. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen*
DOI: 10.1021/envhealth.3c00022

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