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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785847/impact-of-water-induced-soil-erosion-on-the-terrestrial-transport-and-atmospheric-emission-of-mercury-in-china
#1
Maodian Liu, Qianru Zhang, Yao Luo, Robert P Mason, Shidong Ge, Yipeng He, Chenghao Yu, Rina Sa, Hanlin Cao, Xuejun Wang, Long Chen
Terrestrial mercury (Hg) transport, induced by water erosion and exacerbated by human activities, constitutes a major disturbance of the natural Hg cycle, but the processes are still not well understood. In this study, we modeled these processes using detailed information on erosion and Hg in soils and found that vast quantities of total Hg (THg) are being removed from land surfaces in China as a result of water erosion, which were estimated at 420 Mg/yr around 2010. This was significantly higher than the 240 Mg/yr mobilized around 1990...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785845/bromate-and-nitrate-bio-reduction-coupled-with-poly-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-production-in-a-methane-based-membrane-biofilm-reactor
#2
Chun-Yu Lai, Pan-Long Lv, Qiu-Yi Dong, Shi Lei Yeo, Bruce E Rittmann, He-Ping Zhao
This work demonstrates bromate (BrO3-) reduction in a methane (CH4)-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), and it documents contrasting impacts of nitrate (NO3-) on BrO3- reduction, as well as formation of poly--hydroxybutyrate (PHB), an internal C- and electron-storage material. When the electron donor, CH4, was in ample supply, NO3- enhanced BrO3- reduction by stimulating the growth of denitrifying bacteria (Meiothermus, Comamonadaceae, and Anaerolineaceae) able to reduce BrO3- and NO3- simultaneously...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783843/big-groundwater-datasets-reveal-possible-rare-contamination-amid-otherwise-improved-water-quality-for-some-analytes-in-a-region-of-marcellus-shale-development
#3
Tao Wen, Xianzeng Niu, Matthew Gonzales, Guanjie Zheng, Zhenhui Li, Susan Louise Brantley
Eleven thousand groundwater samples collected in the 2010s in an area of Marcellus shale-gas development are analyzed to assess spatial and temporal patterns of water quality. Using a new data mining technique, we confirm previous observations that methane concentrations in groundwater tend to be naturally elevated in valleys and near faults, but we also show that methane is also more concentrated near anticlines. Data mining also highlights waters with elevated methane that are not otherwise explained by geologic features...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783837/light-absorption-enhancement-of-black-carbon-aerosol-constrained-by-particle-morphology
#4
Yu Wu, Tianhai Cheng, Dantong Liu, James Allan, Lijuan Zheng, Hao Chen
The radiative forcing of black carbon aerosol (BC) is one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate change assessments. Contrasting results of BC absorption enhancement (Eabs) after aging are estimated by field measurements and modeling studies, causing ambiguous parameterizations of BC solar absorption in climate models. Here we quantify Eabs using a theoretical model parameterized by the complex particle morphology of BC in different aging scales. We show that Eabs continuously increases with aging and stabilizes with a maximum of ~3...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782800/suspect-screening-and-regulatory-databases-a-powerful-combination-to-identify-emerging-micropollutants
#5
Pablo Gago-Ferrero, Agnes Krettek, Stellan Fischer, Karin Wiberg, Lutz Ahrens
This study demonstrates that regulatory databases combined with the latest advances in high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) can be efficiently used to prioritize and identify new, potentially hazardous pollutants being discharged into the aquatic environment. Of the approximately 23,000 chemicals registered in the database of the National Swedish Product Register, 160 potential organic micropollutants were prioritized through quantitative knowledge of market availability, quantity used, extent of use on the market, and predicted compartment-specific environmental exposure during usage...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782790/magnetite-triggering-enhanced-diet-a-scavenger-for-the-blockage-of-electron-transfer-in-anaerobic-digestion-of-high-solids-sewage-sludge
#6
Tao Wang, Dong Zhang, Lingling Dai, Bin Dong, Xiaohu Dai
At present, high-solids anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge has drawn great attention due to the superiority of its small land area footprint and low energy consumption. However, a high organic loading rate may cause acids accumulation and ammonia inhibition, thus leading to an inhibited pseudo-steady state in which electron transfer through interspecies hydrogen transfer (IHT) between acetogens and methanogens is blocked. In this study, adding 50 mg/g TS (total solid) magnetite clearly reduced the accumulation of short-chain fatty acids and accelerated methane production by 26...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782160/novel-method-of-quantifying-radioactive-cesium-rich-microparticles-csmps-in-the-environment-from-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
#7
Ryohei Ikehara, Mizuki Suetake, Tatsuki Komiya, Genki Furuki, Asumi Ochiai, Shinya Yamasaki, William R Bower, Gareth T W Law, Toshihiko Ohnuki, Bernd Grambow, Rodney C Ewing, Satoshi Utsunomiya
Highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) were released from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant (FDNPP) to the surrounding environment at an early stage of the nuclear disaster in March of 2011; however, the quantity of released CsMPs remains undetermined. Here, we report a novel method to quantify the number of CsMPs in surface soils at or around Fukushima and the fraction of radioactivity they contribute, which we call "quantification of CsMPs" (QCP) and is based on autoradiography...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782159/reduced-zebrafish-transcriptome-atlas-toward-understanding-the-environmental-neurotoxicants
#8
Kun Zhang, Yanbin Zhao
Transcriptomic approaches monitoring gene responses at genome-scale are increasingly used in toxicological research and help to clarify the molecular mechanisms of adverse effects caused by environmental toxicants. However, their applications for chemical assessment are hampered due to high expenses required and more importantly the lack of in-depth data mining and mechanistic perspectives. Here, we described a Reduced Transcriptome Atlas (RTA) approach which integrates transcriptomic datasets and a comprehensive panel of genes generated to represent neurogenesis and the early neuronal development of zebrafish, to determine the potential neurodevelopmental toxicities of environmental chemicals...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782157/the-role-of-marine-snows-in-microplastic-fate-and-bioavailability
#9
Adam Porter, Brett P Lyons, Tamara S Galloway, Ceri N Lewis
Microplastics contaminate global oceans and are accumulating in sediments at levels thought sufficient to leave a permanent layer in the fossil record. Despite this, the processes that vertically transport buoyant polymers from surface waters to the benthos are poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that laboratory generated marine snows can transport microplastics of different shapes, sizes and polymers away from the water surface and enhance their bioavailability to benthic organisms. Sinking rates of all tested microplastics increased when incorporated into snows, with large changes observed for the buoyant polymer polyethylene with an increase in sinking rate of 818 m day-1 and for denser polyamide fragments of 916 m day-1...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782156/combining-high-throughput-sequencing-of-sedadna-and-traditional-palaeolimnological-techniques-to-infer-historical-trends-in-cyanobacterial-communities
#10
Timothy J Tse, Lorne E Doig, Song Tang, Xiaohui Zhang, Weimin Sun, Steve B Wiseman, Cindy Xin Feng, Hongling Liu, John P Giesy, Markus Hecker, Paul D Jones
Freshwaters worldwide are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic activities and changing climate. Unfortunately, many inland waters lack sufficient long-term monitoring to assess environmental trends. Analysis of sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) is emerging as a means to reconstruct the past occurrence of microbial communities of inland waters. The purpose of this study was to assess a combination of high-throughput sequencing (16S rRNA) of sedaDNA and traditional palaeolimnological analyses to explore multidecadal relationships among cyanobacterial community composition, the potential for cyanotoxin production and palaeoenvironmental proxies...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781603/new-insight-into-so2-poisoning-and-regeneration-of-ceo2-wo3-tio2-and-v2o5-wo3-tio2-catalysts-for-low-temperature-nh3-scr
#11
Liwen Xu, Chizhong Wang, Huazhen Chang, Qingru Wu, Tao Zhang, Junhua Li
In this study, the poisoning effects of SO2 on the V2O5-WO3/TiO2 (1%VWTi) and CeO2-WO3/TiO2 (5%CeWTi) selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts were investigated in the presence of steam, and also the the regeneration of deactivated catalysts was studied.. After pretreating the catalysts in a flow of NH3 + SO2 + H2O + O2 at 200 °C for 24 h, it was observed that the low-temperature SCR (LT-SCR) activity decreased significantly for the 1%VWTi and 5%CeWTi catalysts. For 1%VWTi, NH4HSO4 (ABS) was the main product detected after the poisoning process...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779381/discrete-organic-phosphorus-signatures-are-evident-in-pollutant-sources-within-a-lake-erie-tributary
#12
Michael R Brooker, Krista Longnecker, Elizabeth B Kujawinski, Mary Evert, Paula J Mouser
Phosphorus loads are strongly associated with the severity of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, a Great Lake with shared boundaries in the United States and Canada. The annual phosphorus loads are predominantly supplied from agricultural sources. Inorganic and total phosphorus measurements have historically been used to estimate nonpoint and point source contributions, with organic phosphorus often neglected. Here, we used ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry to characterize the dissolved organic matter (DOM) and specifically dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) composition of several nutrient pollutant source materials and aqueous samples in a Lake Erie tributary...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775539/from-water-use-to-water-scarcity-footprinting-in-environmentally-extended-input-output-analysis
#13
Bradley George Ridoutt, Michalis Hadjikakou, Martin Nolan, Brett A Bryan
Environmentally extended input-output analysis (EEIOA) supports environmental policy by quantifying how demand for goods and services leads to resource use and emissions across the economy. However, some types of resource use and emissions require spatially-explicit impact assessment for meaningful interpretation, which is not possible in conventional EEIOA. For example, water use in locations of scarcity and abundance is not environmentally equivalent. Opportunities for spatially-explicit impact assessment in conventional EEIOA are limited because official input-output tables tend to be produced at the scale of political units which are not usually well aligned with environmentally relevant spatial units...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775536/spatial-variability-of-sources-and-mixing-state-of-atmospheric-particles-in-a-metropolitan-area
#14
Qing Ye, Peishi Gu, Hugh Z Li, Ellis S Robinson, Eric M Lipsky, Christos Kaltsonoudis, Alex K Y Lee, Joshua Schulz Apte, Allen L Robinson, Ryan Christopher Sullivan, Albert A Presto, Neil M Donahue
Characterizing intra-city variations of atmospheric particulate matter has mostly relied on fixed-site monitoring and quantifying variability in terms of different bulk aerosol species. In this study, we performed ground-based mobile measurements using a single-particle mass spectrometer to study spatial patterns of source-specific particles and the evolution of particle mixing state in 21 areas in the metropolitan area of Pittsburgh, PA. We selected sampling areas based on traffic density and restaurant density with each area ranging from 0...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775300/secondary-organic-aerosol-formation-from-ambient-air-at-an-urban-site-in-beijing-effects-of-oh-exposure-and-precursor-concentrations
#15
Jun Liu, Biwu Chu, Tianzeng Chen, Changgeng Liu, Ling Wang, Xiaolei Bao, Hong He
Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is an important component of atmospheric fine particles (PM2.5 ), while the key factors controlling SOA formation in ambient air remain poorly understood. In this work, the SOA formation in Beijing urban ambient air was investigated using an oxidation flow reactor (OFR) with high concentrations of OH radicals. The SOA formation potential increased significantly with the increase of ambient PM2.5 concentration during the observation. The optimum ambient exposure time, which is the aging time equivalent to atmospheric oxidation (with similar OH exposure) associated with the peak SOA formation, varied between 2 to 4 days in this study...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775291/reactive-uptake-of-glyoxal-by-ammonium-containing-salt-particles-as-a-function-of-relative-humidity
#16
Masao Gen, Dandan Huang, Chak Keung Chan
Reactions between dissolved ammonia and carbonyls, which form light-absorbing species in atmospheric particles, can be accelerated by actively removing water from the reaction system. Here, we examine the effects of relative humidity (RH) on the reactive uptake of glyoxal (Gly) by aqueous particles of ammonium sulfate (AS), ammonium bisulfate, sodium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, ammonium nitrate (AN), and sodium nitrate. In-situ Raman analysis was used to quantify particle-phase Gly and a colored product, 2,2'-biimidazole (BI) as a function of uptake time...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775285/reduced-ultrafine-particle-concentration-in-urban-air-changes-in-nucleation-and-anthropogenic-emissions
#17
Provat K Saha, Ellis S Robinson, Rishabh Urvesh Shah, Naomi Zimmerman, Joshua Schulz Apte, Allen L Robinson, Albert A Presto
Nucleation is an important source of ambient ultrafine particles (UFP). We present observational evidence of the changes in the frequency and intensity of nucleation events in urban air by analyzing long-term particle size distribution measurements at an urban background site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during 2001-02 and 2016-17. We find that both frequency and intensity of nucleation events have been reduced by 40-50 % over the past 15 years, resulting in a 70% reduction in UFP concentrations from nucleation...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772182/oxidation-of-cr-iii-fe-iii-mixed-phase-hydroxides-by-chlorine-implications-on-the-control-of-hexavalent-chromium-in-drinking-water
#18
Michelle Chebeir, Haizhou Liu
The occurrence of chromium (Cr) as an inorganic contaminant in drinking water is widely reported. One source of Cr is its accumulation in iron-containing corrosion scales of drinking water distribution systems as Cr(III)-Fe(III) hydroxide, i.e., FexCr(1-x)(OH)3(s), where x represents the Fe(III) molar content and typically varies between 0.25 and 0.75. This study investigated the kinetics of inadvertent hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) formation via the oxidation of FexCr(1-x)(OH)3(s) by chlorine as a residual disinfectant in drinking water, and examined the impacts of Fe(III) content and drinking water chemical parameters including pH, bromide and bicarbonate on the rate of Cr(VI) formation...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772177/capture-ferment-upgrade-a-three-step-approach-for-the-valorization-of-sewage-organics-as-commodities
#19
Abbas Alloul, Ramon Ganigue, Marc Spiller, Francis A Meerburg, Cristina Cagnetta, Korneel Rabaey, Siegfried E Vlaeminck
This critical review outlines a roadmap for the conversion of chemical oxygen demand (COD) contained in sewage to commodities based on three-steps: capture COD as sludge, ferment it to volatile fatty acids (VFA), and upgrade VFA to products. The article analyzes the state-of-the-art of this three-step approach and discusses the bottlenecks and challenges. The potential of this approach is illustrated for the European Union's 28 member states (EU-28) through Monte Carlo simulations. High-rate contact stabilization captures the highest amount of COD (66-86 gCOD person equivalent-1 day-1 in 60% of the iterations)...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772167/dynamic-oxidative-potential-of-atmospheric-organic-aerosol-under-ambient-sunlight
#20
Huanhuan Jiang, Myoseon Jang
The atmospheric process dynamically changes the chemical compositions of organic aerosol (OA), thereby complicating the interpretation of its health effects. In this study, the dynamic evolution of the oxidative potential of various OA was studied, including wood combustion particles and secondary organic aerosols (SOA) generated from different hydrocarbons (i.e. gasoline, toluene, isoprene and α-pinene). The oxidative potential of OA at different aging stages was subsequently measured by the dithiothreitol consumption (DTTm, mass normalized)...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
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