Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Health and Pollution (JH&P) is grant funded by the World Bank and the European Union. A Platinum Open Access Journal with no charges to readers or authors, JH&P aims to “facilitate discussion of toxic pollution, impacts to human health and strategies for site remediation…,” focusing especially in low- and middle-income countries. Its parent / publisher, Pure Earth has earned an overall score of 91.09 (out of 100) and a four-star rating at Charity Navigator. The editors seek manuscripts “based on original research as well as findings from re-interpretation and examination of existing data. JH&P focuses on point source pollution, related health impacts, environmental control and remediation technology. JH&P also has an interest in ambient and indoor pollution. Pollutants of particular interest include heavy metals, pesticides, radionuclides, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air particulates (PM10 and PM2.5), and other severe and persistent toxins.”
The issue reviewed here [Volume 6, Issue 10 (June 2016)] offers the review article, “Review of Particulate Matter and Elemental Composition of Aerosols at Selected Locations in Nigeria from 1985–2015”; eight research articles (“Urinary Metal Levels in a Chilean Community 31 Years After the Dumping of Mine Tailings,” “Incidence Rates of Tuberculosis among Children and Adolescents Living in Areas Most Affected by the Chernobyl Disaster,” “Decolorization of Selected Synthetic Textile Dyes by Yeasts from Leaves and Fruit Peels,” “Evaluation of Heavy Metal Pollution in the Suame Industrial Area, Kumasi, Ghana,” “Healthcare Waste Generation and Management in Public Healthcare Facilities in Adama, Ethiopia,” “Use of the Physiologically Based Extraction Test for the Assessment of Bioaccessibility of Toxic Metals in Vegetables Grown on Contaminated Soils,” “Distribution of Fluoride in the Phosphorite Mining Area of Hahotoe–Kpogame (Togo),” and “Potentially Toxic Contamination of Cultivated Wetlands in Lagos, Nigeria”); and two items of correspondence: “Comment on “Effect of Mercury Exposure on Renal Function and Hematological Parameters among Artisanal and Smallscale Gold Miners at Sekotong, West Lombok, Indonesia” and “Response to “Comment on ‘Effect of Mercury Exposure on Renal Function and Hematological Parameters among Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Miners at Sekotong, West Lombok, Indonesia.’”
As the titles of this material indicate, this is a research-heavy, specialized publication. Authors are professional health specialists, researchers, public officials, and faculty from institutions, government agencies, and NGOs around the world. It is an important publication that should be made known to anyone working in the realm of how pollution affects health.