Article Collection on Africa

A combined collection of recent papers on research in and with Africa published by the Elsevier Environmental Sciences portfolio


This Article Collection on Africa represents a combined collection of recent papers on research in and with Africa published by the Elsevier Environmental Sciences portfolio. Journals include Environment International, Chemosphere, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Research and Environmental Pollution).  The papers were selected by the Editors-in-Chief of these journals to reflect a range of evidence-based research spanning different contaminants studied across the African continent in a series of biotic and abiotic matrices, climate change effects and environmental and human health impacts.

The African continent represents a mosaic of 54 countries rich in cultural diversity and with abundant natural resources that support some of the fastest growing economies in the world.  It is also the continent with greatest development challenges ahead. As global citizens, we have a duty to help avoid the resource intensive and environmentally harmful development pathways that other nations are still recovering from.  The ongoing sustainable development efforts must be interdisciplinary and recognise the environment as an essential element in combination with economic growth and governance in all poverty reduction strategies.

Understanding the environmental system, the sources, pathways, flows and transformations of chemicals and potential agents of harm between air, land and water is absolutely fundamental to development efforts that support poverty reduction and positive health outcomes.  National boundaries are invisible to climate change, to disease, to the impact of mining, soil degradation, water and air pollution.  Data and evidence about the impact on human health is still limited and we recognize there will be no quick fixes to these complex and interdependent challenges.

The opportunities for research in, with and for Africa are tremendous.  That work should be guided by African researchers who are recognizing the need for demand-driven projects in partnership with a range of end-users. They have a great potential to influence policy change and act as research ‘anchors’ for sustainability efforts. Encouraging the co-design of research with African scientists and building their capacity to deliver solutions for themselves is an absolute priority.  Supporting and enhancing their global integration and opportunities for publishing is an essential step. Our ambition is to accelerate the African-led development of world-class researchers and nurture research leaders in Africa able to shape and drive their locally relevant research agendas.

We look forward to supporting that ambition.

To explore the articles in this collection, freely available online until 10th April 2018, simply click on the journal titles below to jump each journal’s featured papers.

Environment International

Co-Editors in Chief: Ruth Alcock, Adrian Covaci

A model for screening and prioritizing consumer nanoproduct risks: A case study from South Africa
Environment International,Volume 100, March 2017, Pages 121-131
Ndeke Musee

Temperature-related morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of the empirical evidence
Environment International,Volume 91, May 2016, Pages 133-149
A. Kofi Amegah, Giovanni Rezza, Jouni J.K. Jaakkola

High serum organochlorine pesticide concentrations in diabetics of a cotton producing area of the Benin Republic (West Africa)
Environment International,Volume 69, August 2014, Pages 1-8
Colette S. Azandjeme, Hélène Delisle, Benjamin Fayomi, Pierre Ayotte, Francois Djrolo, Dismand Houinato, Michèle Bouchard

Human exposure to persistent organic pollutants in West Africa — A temporal trend study from Guinea-Bissau
Environment International,Volume 36, Issue 7, October 2010, Pages 675-682
Linda Linderholm, Antonio Biague, Fredrik Månsson, Hans Norrgren, Åke Bergman, Kristina Jakobsson


Co-Editors-in-Chief: Jacob de Boer, Shane Snyder

Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids in the Plasma of South African Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus)
Chemosphere, Volume 154, July 2016, Pages 72–78
Ian Christie, Jessica L. Reiner, John A. Bowden, Hannes Botha, Theresa M. Cantu, Danny Govender, Matthew P. Guillette, Russell H. Lowers, Wilmien J. Luus-Powell, Danie Pienaar, Willem J. Smit, Louis J. Guillette Jr

Critical review of the analysis of brominated flame retardants and their environmental levels in Africa
Chemosphere, Volume 164, December 2016, Pages 174-189
Martin Brits, Jayne de Vos, Jana M. Weiss, Egmont R. Rohwer, Jacob de Boer

Historical deposition of persistent organic pollutants in Lake Victoria and two alpine equatorial lakes from East Africa: Insights into atmospheric deposition from sedimentation profiles.
Chemosphere, Volume 144, February 2016, Pages 1815-1822
Kenneth Arinaitwe, Neil L.Rose, Derek C.G. Muir, Bernard T. Kiremire, John S. Balirwa, Camilla Teixeira

Concentration of DDT compounds in breast milk from African women (Manhiça, Mozambique) at the early stages of domestic indoor spraying with this insecticide
Chemosphere, Volume 85, Issue 3, October 2011, Pages 307-314
Maria N. Manaca, Joan O. Grimalt, Jordi Sunyer, Inacio Mandomando, Raquel Gonzalez, Jahit Sacarlal, Carlota Dobaño, Pedro L. Alonso, Clara Menendez

Science of the Total Environment

Co-Editors in Chief: D. Barceló, Jay Gan

Climate change and adaptive water management measures in Chtouka Aït Baha region (Morocco)
Science of The Total Environment, Volume 573, 15 December 2016, Pages 862-875
Marieme Seif-Ennasr, Rashyd Zaaboul, Abdelaziz Hirich, Giulio Nils Caroletti, Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Zine El Abidine El Morjani, El Hassane Beraaouz, Rachael A. McDonnell, Redouane Choukr-Allah

Mapping sites of high TB transmission risk: Integrating the shared air and social behaviour of TB cases and adolescents in a South African township
Science of The Total Environment, Volume 583, 1 April 2017, Pages 97-103
Benjamin Patterson, Carl D Morrow, Daniel Kohls, Caroline Deignan, Samuel Ginsburg, Robin Wood

Integrated socio-hydrogeological approach to tackle nitrate contamination in groundwater resources. The case of Grombalia Basin (Tunisia)
Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 593–594, 1 September 2017, Pages 664-676
V. Re, E. Sacchi, S. Kammoun, C. Tringali, R. Trabelsi, K. Zouari, S. Daniele

Agricultural expansion as risk to endangered wildlife: Pesticide exposure in wild chimpanzees and baboons displaying facial dysplasia
Science of The Total Environment, Volume 598, 15 November 2017, Pages 647-656
Sabrina Krief, Philippe Berny, Francis Gumisiriza, Régine Gross, Barbara Demeneix, Jean Baptiste Fini, Colin A. Chapman, Lauren J. Chapman, Andrew Seguya, John Wasswa

Environmental Research

Editor-in-Chief: José L. Domingo

Bayesian modelling of household solid fuel use: insights towards designing effective interventions to promote fuel switching in Africa.
Environmental Research, Volume 110, Issue 7, October 2010, Pages 725-732
Eva A. Rehfuess, David J. Briggs, Mike Joffe, Nicky Best

Multiple metals exposure in a small-scale artisanal gold mining community.
Environmental Research, Volume 111, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 463-467
Niladri Basu, Dong-Ha Nam, Edward Kwansaa-Ansah, Elisha P. Renne, Jerome O. Nriagu

Low correlation between household carbon monoxide and particulate matter concentrations from biomass-related pollution in three resource-poor settings.
Environmental Research, Volume 142, October 2015, Pages 424-431
Elizabeth M. Klasen, Beatriz Wills, Neha Naithani, Robert H. Gilman, James M. Tielsch, Marilu Chiang, Subarna Khatry, Patrick N. Breysse, Diana Menya, Cosmas Apaka, E. Jane Carter, Charles B. Sherman, J. Jaime Miranda, William Checkley, COCINAS Trial Working Group

Chemical exposure reduction: Factors impacting on South African herbicide sprayers' personal protective equipment compliance and high risk work practices.Environmental Research, Volume 142, October 2015, Pages 34-45
Federico Andrade-Rivas, Hanna-AndreaRother

Environmental Pollution

Co-Editors-in-Chief: David Carpenter, Eddy Zeng

Oxidative stress and respiratory symptoms due to human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Kumasi, Ghana.
Environmental Pollution, Volume 228, September 2017, Pages 311-320
Nesta Bortey-Sam, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Osei Akoto, Shouta M.M. Nakayama, Kwadwo A. Asante, Elvis Baidoo, Christian Obirikorang, Aksorn Saengtienchai, Norikazu Isoda, Collins Nimako, Hazuki Mizukawa, Mayumi Ishizuka

Abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in five municipal wastewater treatment plants in the Monastir Governorate, Tunisia.
Environmental Pollution, Volume 219, December 2016, Pages 353-358
Ikbel Denden Rafraf, Itziar Lekunberri, Alexandre Sànchez-Melsió, Mahjoub Aouni, Carles M. Borrego, José Luis Balcázar

Urban air pollution in Sub-Saharan Africa: Time for action.
Environmental Pollution, Volume 220, Part A, January 2017, Pages 738-743
A. Kofi Amegah, Samuel Agyei-Mensah

The Egyptian Red Sea coastal microbiome: A study revealing differential microbial responses to diverse anthropogenic pollutants.
Environmental Pollution, Volume 214, July 2016, Pages 892-902
Ghada A. Mustafa, Amr Abd-Elgawad, Amged Ouf, Rania Siam

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