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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445827/scale-effect-on-spatial-patterns-of-ecosystem-services-and-associations-among-them-in-semi-arid-area-a-case-study-in-ningxia-hui-autonomous-region-china
#1
Shuna Xu, Yanfang Liu, Xia Wang, Guangxia Zhang
Identifying scale effect on spatial patterns of ecosystem services and associations among them has been recognized as critical to the sustainable management of ecosystem services. We proposed a method to conveniently integrate ecosystem services of small scale into different larger scales. Taking Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in west China as an example, we analyzed the change regularity of spatial patterns of 7 ecosystem services under 22 different scales. Further, the tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services across all scales were compared...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445826/exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-causes-oxidative-and-methylated-dna-damage-in-young-adults-a-longitudinal-study
#2
Ching-Huang Lai, Han-Bin Huang, Yue-Cune Chang, Ting-Yao Su, Ying-Chuan Wang, Gia-Chi Wang, Jia-En Chen, Chin-Sheng Tang, Trong-Neng Wu, Saou-Hsing Liou
An increased understanding is needed of the physiological effects and plausible biological mechanisms that link PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter below 2.5μm) exposure to mortality and morbidities such as atherosclerosis and respiratory disease. PM2.5 causes carcinogenic health effects. Biomonitoring in humans has suggested that 8-oxo-7, 8-dihydro-2-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) and N7-methylguanine (N7-MeG) are correlated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage. Thus, it is meaningful to explore the mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis associated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage by simultaneously measuring these two markers...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445822/identification-of-the-inactivating-factors-and-mechanisms-exerted-on-ms2-coliphage-in-concentrated-synthetic-urine
#3
Wakana Oishi, Daisuke Sano, Loic Decrey, Syunsuke Kadoya, Tamar Kohn, Naoyuki Funamizu
Volume reduction (condensation) is a key for the practical usage of human urine as a fertilizer because it enables the saving of storage space and the reduction of transportation cost. However, concentrated urine may carry infectious disease risks resulting from human pathogens frequently present in excreta, though the survival of pathogens in concentrated urine is not well understood. In this study, the inactivation of MS2 coliphage, a surrogate for single-stranded RNA human enteric viruses, in concentrated synthetic urine was investigated...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445825/physico-chemical-protection-rather-than-biochemical-composition-governs-the-responses-of-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-to-nitrogen-addition-in-a-temperate-agroecosystem
#4
Wenbing Tan, Guoan Wang, Caihong Huang, Rutai Gao, Beidou Xi, Biao Zhu
The heterogeneous responses of soil organic carbon (SOC) decomposition in different soil fractions to nitrogen (N) addition remain elusive. In this study, turnover rates of SOC in different aggregate fractions were quantified based on changes in δ(13)C following the conversion of C3 to C4 vegetation in a temperate agroecosystem. The turnover of both total organic matter and specific organic compound classes within each aggregate fraction was inhibited by N addition. Moreover, the intensity of inhibition increases with decreasing aggregate size and increasing N addition level, but does not vary among chemical compound classes within each aggregate fraction...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445824/the-shadow-price-of-co2-emissions-in-china-s-iron-and-steel-industry
#5
Ke Wang, Linan Che, Chunbo Ma, Yi-Ming Wei
As China becomes the world's largest energy consumer and CO2 emitter, there has been a rapidly emerging literature on estimating China's abatement cost for CO2 using a distance function approach. However, the existing studies have mostly focused on the cost estimates at macro levels (provinces or industries) with few examining firm-level abatement costs. No work has attempted to estimate the abatement cost of CO2 emissions in the iron and steel industry. Although some have argued that the directional distance function (DDF) is more appropriate in the presence of bad output under regulation, the choice of directions is largely arbitrary...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445823/engineering-metal-hydr-oxide-sorbents-for-removal-of-arsenate-and-similar-weak-acid-oxyanion-contaminants-a-critical-review-with-emphasis-on-factors-governing-sorption-processes
#6
Kiril D Hristovski, Jasmina Markovski
To create an integrative foundation for engineering of the next generation inexpensive sorbent systems, this critical review addresses the existing knowledge gap in factor/performance relationships between weak-acid oxyanion contaminants and metal (hydr)oxide sorbents. In-depth understanding of fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics mechanisms, material fabrication, and analytical and characterization techniques, is necessary to engineer sorbent that exhibit high capacity, selectivity, stability, durability and mass transport of contaminants under a wide range of operating and water matrix conditions requirements...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442137/enhanced-surface-ozone-during-the-heat-wave-of-2013-in-yangtze-river-delta-region-china
#7
X Pu, T J Wang, X Huang, D Melas, P Zanis, D K Papanastasiou, A Poupkou
Under the background of global warming, occurrence of heat waves has increased in most part of Europe, Asia and Australia along with enhanced ozone level. In this paper, observational air temperature and surface ozone in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region of China during summer of 2013, and the regional chemistry-climate model (RegCM-CHEM4) were applied to explore the relationship between heat wave and elevated ground-level ozone. Observations indicated that YRD experienced severe heat waves with maximum temperature up to 41...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441603/assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-compliance-with-decreasing-ammonia-discharge-limits-using-a-regression-tree-model
#8
Bihu Suchetana, Balaji Rajagopalan, JoAnn Silverstein
A regression tree-based diagnostic approach is developed to evaluate factors affecting US wastewater treatment plant compliance with ammonia discharge permit limits using Discharge Monthly Report (DMR) data from a sample of 106 municipal treatment plants for the period of 2004-2008. Predictor variables used to fit the regression tree are selected using random forests, and consist of the previous month's effluent ammonia, influent flow rates and plant capacity utilization. The tree models are first used to evaluate compliance with existing ammonia discharge standards at each facility and then applied assuming more stringent discharge limits, under consideration in many states...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441602/fluoride-and-iodine-enrichment-in-groundwater-of-north-china-plain-evidences-from-speciation-analysis-and-geochemical-modeling
#9
Junxia Li, Hailing Zhou, Kun Qian, Xianjun Xie, Xiaobin Xue, Yijun Yang, Yanxin Wang
To better understand the enrichment of fluoride and iodine in groundwater at North China Plain (NCP), speciation analysis and geochemical modeling were conducted to identify the key hydrochemical processes controlling their mobilization in groundwater system. Groundwater fluoride and iodine concentrations ranged from 0.18 to 5.59mg/L and from 1.51 to 1106μg/L, respectively, and approximately 63% and 32.3% of groundwater fluoride and iodine were higher than the guidelines for drinking water (1.5mg/L and 150μg/L)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441601/improving-understanding-of-mixed-land-use-watershed-suspended-sediment-regimes-mechanistic-progress-through-high-frequency-sampling
#10
Elliott Kellner, Jason A Hubbart
Given the importance of suspended sediment to biogeochemical functioning of aquatic ecosystems, and the increasing concern of mixed-land-use effects on pollutant loading, there is an urgent need for research that quantitatively characterizes spatiotemporal variation of suspended sediment dynamics in contemporary watersheds. A study was conducted in a representative watershed of the central United States utilizing a nested-scale experimental watershed design, including five gauging sites (n=5) partitioning the catchment into five sub-watersheds...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441600/microplastics-in-the-antarctic-marine-system-an-emerging-area-of-research
#11
REVIEW
Catherine L Waller, Huw J Griffiths, Claire M Waluda, Sally E Thorpe, Iván Loaiza, Bernabé Moreno, Cesar O Pacherres, Kevin A Hughes
It was thought that the Southern Ocean was relatively free of microplastic contamination; however, recent studies and citizen science projects in the Southern Ocean have reported microplastics in deep-sea sediments and surface waters. Here we reviewed available information on microplastics (including macroplastics as a source of microplastics) in the Southern Ocean. We estimated primary microplastic concentrations from personal care products and laundry, and identified potential sources and routes of transmission into the region...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441599/transport-and-attenuation-of-salmonella-enterica-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-a-poultry-litter-marker-gene-are-correlated-in-soil-columns
#12
Sirisha Mantha, Angela Anderson, Saraswati Poudel Acharya, Valerie J Harwood, Jennifer Weidhaas
Millions of tons of fecal-contaminated poultry litter are applied to U.S. agricultural fields annually. Precipitation and irrigation facilitate transport of fecal-derived pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) to groundwater. The goal of this study was to compare transport of pathogens, FIB, and a microbial source tracking marker gene for poultry litter (LA35) in a simulated soil-to-groundwater system. Nine laboratory soil columns containing four different soil types were used to evaluate microbial transport to groundwater via infiltration...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441598/hypertension-modifies-the-short-term-effects-of-temperature-on-morbidity-of-hemorrhagic-stroke
#13
Qinzhou Wang, Cuilian Gao, Hongen Liu, Wei Li, Yuying Zhao, Guangrun Xu, Chuanzhu Yan, Hualiang Lin, Lingling Lang
BACKGROUND: This study estimated the effects of ambient temperature on hospital admissions for hemorrhagic stroke during 2004-2009 in Jinan, China, and the effect modification of hypertension status. METHODS: The exposure-response relationship between temperature and hemorrhagic stroke was firstly examined, and then the association between daily mean temperature and hemorrhagic stroke was investigated using a generalized additive model. Stratified analyses were conducted to examine the potential effect modification of hypertension...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441597/differences-in-nitrate-and-phosphorus-export-between-wooded-and-grassed-riparian-zones-from-farmland-to-receiving-waterways-under-varying-rainfall-conditions
#14
Amanda D Neilen, Chengrong R Chen, Brett M Parker, Stephen J Faggotter, Michele A Burford
Agricultural activities in catchments can cause excessive nutrient loads in waterways. Catchment nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) flows may be intercepted and assimilated by riparian vegetation. While prior studies suggest that woody vegetation is preferable for reducing P loads, the question remains: is woody vegetation or grass cover more effective at reducing catchment N and P exports to waterways. To address this we investigated the relative importance of vegetation type, hydrologic and soil microbial processes on N and P losses from soil to a stream...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441596/individual-variation-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-relation-to-stable-isotope-ratios-sex-reproductive-phase-and-oxidative-status-in-scopoli-s-shearwaters-calonectris-diomedea-from-the-southern-mediterranean
#15
David Costantini, Manrico Sebastiano, Martina S Müller, Igor Eulaers, Per Ambus, Govindan Malarvannan, Adrian Covaci, Bruno Massa, Giacomo Dell'Omo
Little is known about the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and its consequences for seabirds in the Mediterranean basin. We characterised the plasma contaminant profile (polychlorinated biphenyls ΣPCBs; organochlorine pesticides ΣOCPs; polybrominated diphenyl ethers ΣPBDEs) of a population of the seabird Scopoli's shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) that breeds in the southern Mediterranean (Linosa Island) and investigated (i) whether sex, stable isotope ratios (related to diet), reproductive phase (early incubation vs...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441595/modelling-drivers-and-distribution-of-lead-and-zinc-concentrations-in-soils-of-an-urban-catchment-sydney-estuary-australia
#16
L E Johnson, T F A Bishop, G F Birch
The human population is increasing globally and land use is changing to accommodate for this growth. Soils within urban areas require closer attention as the higher population density increases the chance of human exposure to urban contaminants. One such example of an urban area undergoing an increase in population density is Sydney, Australia. The city also possesses a notable history of intense industrial activity. By integrating multiple soil surveys and covariates into a linear mixed model, it was possible to determine the main drivers and map the distribution of lead and zinc concentrations within the Sydney estuary catchment...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441594/cotransport-of-human-adenoviruses-with-clay-colloids-and-tio2-nanoparticles-in-saturated-porous-media-effect-of-flow-velocity
#17
Vasiliki I Syngouna, Constantinos V Chrysikopoulos, Petros Kokkinos, Maria A Tselepi, Apostolos Vantarakis
This study focuses on the effects of two clay colloids (kaolinite, KGa-1b and montmorillonite, STx-1b) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) on human adenovirus transport and retention in water saturated porous media at three different pore water velocities (0.38, 0.74, and 1.21cm/min). Transport and cotransport experiments were performed in 30-cm long laboratory columns packed with clean glass beads with 2mm diameter. The experimental results suggested that the presence of KGa-1b, STx-1b and TiO2 NPs increased human adenovirus inactivation and attachment onto the solid matrix, due to the additional attachment sites available...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441593/a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-the-environmental-quality-of-a-coastal-lagoon-ravenna-italy-integrating-chemical-and-physiological-analyses-in-mussels-as-a-biomonitoring-strategy
#18
Marco Capolupo, Silvia Franzellitti, Alisar Kiwan, Paola Valbonesi, Enrico Dinelli, Emanuela Pignotti, Manfred Birke, Elena Fabbri
This study aimed at evaluating the environmental quality of a coastal lagoon (Pialassa Piomboni, NW-Adriatic, Italy) by combining analyses of biomarkers of environmental stress and bioaccumulation of contaminants in marine mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) transplanted for 28days to six selected sites. Assessed biomarkers encompassed lysosomal endpoints, oxidative stress and detoxification parameters, specific responses to metals, neuro- and genotoxic substances; chemical analyses focused on PAHs, metals, pesticide and pharmaceuticals...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441592/characterization-of-major-natural-and-anthropogenic-source-profiles-for-size-fractionated-pm-in-yangtze-river-delta
#19
Pulong Chen, Tijian Wang, Mei Dong, Matthew Kasoar, Yong Han, Min Xie, Shu Li, Bingliang Zhuang, Mengmeng Li, Tunan Huang
Samples of size-fractionated particles were collected from local natural and anthropogenic sources in two industrial cities in the Yangtze River Delta, using either grab/resuspension sampling or ambient air sampling. The chemical characterizations of twenty one source profiles were obtained, based on elements (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Pb and Zn), soluble ions (Cl(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), NH4(+), K(+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)) and carbonaceous material such as organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441591/preliminary-study-of-possible-relationships-between-exposure-to-pcdd-fs-and-dl-pcbs-in-ambient-air-and-the-length-of-life-of-people
#20
Grzegorz Dziubanek, Ewa Marchwińska-Wyrwał, Małgorzata Ćwieląg-Drabek, Anna Spychała, Monika Rusin, Agata Piekut, Ilona Hajok
There is a lack of studies on the impact of very toxic and persistent organic compounds as polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the population life expectancy. Preliminary studies on the relations between exposure to PCDD/Fs and dl-PCBs in ambient air and the length of life of residents of 12 cities (2 million people) in the Silesia province has been undertaken. The average length of life of inhabitants in 12 cities of Silesia province was calculated on the basis of register of deaths after excluding deaths caused by external causes and the concentration of PCDD/Fs and dl-PCBs were measured...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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