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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228238/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-particulate-matter-characteristics-within-office-buildings-the-officair-study
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Tamás Szigeti, Christina Dunster, Andrea Cattaneo, Andrea Spinazzè, Corinne Mandin, Eline Le Ponner, Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, Gabriela Ventura, Dikaia E Saraga, Ioannis A Sakellaris, Yvonne de Kluizenaar, Eric Cornelissen, John G Bartzis, Frank J Kelly
In the frame of the OFFICAIR project, office buildings were investigated across Europe to assess how the office workers are exposed to different particulate matter (PM) characteristics (i.e. PM2.5 mass concentration, particulate oxidative potential (OP) based on ascorbate and reduced glutathione depletion, trace element concentration and total particle number concentration (PNC)) within the buildings. Two offices per building were investigated during the working hours (5 consecutive days; 8h per day) in two campaigns...
February 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228239/spatial-distribution-and-removal-performance-of-pharmaceuticals-in-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-china
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Hou-Qi Liu, James C W Lam, Wen-Wei Li, Han-Qing Yu, Paul K S Lam
Municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are an important source of pharmaceuticals released into the environment. Understanding how various pharmaceuticals are distributed and handled in WWTPs is a prerequisite to optimize their abatement. Here we investigated the spatial distribution and removal efficiencies pharmaceuticals in China's WWTPs. A total of 35 pharmaceuticals in wastewater samples from 12 WWTPs at different cities of China were analyzed. Among these detected pharmaceuticals, caffeine showed the highest concentration (up to 1775...
February 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228237/groundwater-nitrate-reduction-versus-dissolved-gas-production-a-tale-of-two-catchments
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E B McAleer, C E Coxon, K G Richards, M M R Jahangir, J Grant, Per E Mellander
At the catchment scale, a complex mosaic of environmental, hydrogeological and physicochemical characteristics combine to regulate the distribution of groundwater and stream nitrate (NO3(-)). The efficiency of NO3(-) removal (via denitrification) versus the ratio of accumulated reaction products, dinitrogen (excess N2) & nitrous oxide (N2O), remains poorly understood. Groundwater was investigated in two well drained agricultural catchments (10km(2)) in Ireland with contrasting subsurface lithologies (sandstone vs...
February 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228236/inhibition-of-an-enriched-culture-of-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-by-two-different-nanoparticles-silver-and-magnetite
#4
Camila Michels, Simone Perazzoli, Hugo M Soares
Metal and metal oxide nanoparticles are getting attention over the past years. They can be used to several purposes, especially in commercial and medical applications. Undoubtedly, this lead to higher production and, consequently, increasing the risks of exposition, once they can be released into environment without a proper control. However, their impact over the bacteria present in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), manly over nitrifying bacteria, which are the most susceptible to toxic compounds, are still not very well established...
February 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222926/carbon-dioxide-emissions-from-a-septic-tank-soakaway-in-a-northern-maritime-climate
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Celia Somlai-Haase, Jan Knappe, Laurence Gill
Here, we present the first attempt to quantify long-term and diurnal variations of CO2 fluxes from a soakaway of an on-site wastewater treatment system serving a single house located in a northern maritime climate (Ireland). An automated soil gas flux chamber system was deployed semi-continuously over a period of 17months, recording hourly flux measurements from the soakaway (Fsoak) and a control site (Fcontrol). Soil gas fluxes expressed seasonal and diurnal variations: Fsoak and Fcontrol ranged from 0.43 to 100...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222925/linking-national-wood-consumption-with-global-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-service-losses
#6
Abhishek Chaudhary, L Roman Carrasco, Thomas Kastner
Identifying the global hotspots of forestry driven species, ecosystem services losses and informing the consuming nations of their environmental footprint domestically and abroad is essential to design demand side interventions and induce sustainable production methods. Here we first use countryside species area relationship model to project species extinctions of four vertebrate taxa (mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles) due to forest land use in 174 countries. We combine the projected extinctions with a global database on the monetary value of ecosystem services provided by different biomes and with bilateral trade data of wood products to calculate species extinctions and ecosystem services losses inflicted by national wood consumption and international wood trade...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222924/assessing-anthropogenic-pressures-on-streams-a-random-forest-approach-based-on-benthic-diatom-communities
#7
Floriane Larras, Romain Coulaud, Edwige Gautreau, Elise Billoir, Juliette Rosebery, Philippe Usseglio-Polatera
Benthic diatoms have been widely used to assess the ecological status of freshwater ecosystems, especially in the context of recent international water framework directive policies (e.g. the WFD). Despite diatom-based indices are known to respond fastly to water quality degradation, they are not designed to precisely identify the nature of pressures co-occurring in the environment. Based on large scale monitoring data, we aimed at building models able to estimate the risk of stream impairment by many types of anthropogenic pressures from taxonomy-based and trait-based characteristics of diatom assemblages...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222923/consumption-of-aquaculture-waste-affects-the-fatty-acid-metabolism-of-a-benthic-invertebrate
#8
Camille A White, Raymond J Bannister, Symon A Dworjanyn, Vivian Husa, Peter D Nichols, Tina Kutti, Tim Dempster
Trophic subsidies can drive widespread ecological change, thus knowledge of how keystone species respond to subsidies is important. Aquaculture of large carnivorous fish generates substantial waste as faeces and lost feed, providing a food source to mobile benthic invertebrates. We used a controlled feeding study combined with a field survey to better understand the interaction between salmon aquaculture and the sea urchin, Echinus acutus, a dominant mobile invertebrate in Norwegian fjords. We tested if diets affected urchin fatty acid composition by feeding them one of three diet treatments ("aquafeed", "composite" and "natural") for 10weeks...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222922/biomass-production-and-carbon-sequestration-of-a-short-rotation-forest-with-different-poplar-clones-in-northwest-china
#9
Yan Meifang, Wang Lu, Ren Honghui, Zhang Xinshi
Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) is of interest as producers of biomass for bio-energy, but also as carbon (C) sinks to mitigate CO2 emission. To investigate biomass production and C sequestration of SRF, ecosystem C stock (including C stored in tree biomass, litter and soil), NPP (net primary productivity), heterotrophic respiration (Rh) and NEP (net ecosystem productivity) of three poplar clone plantations were estimated by repeated field sampling in northwest China. Ecosystem C stock (105.62MgCha(-1)) was significantly lower in PB (P...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215813/a-comparative-approach-using-biomarkers-in-feral-and-caged-neotropical-fish-implications-for-biomonitoring-freshwater-ecosystems-in-agricultural-areas
#10
Carlos Eduardo Delfino Vieira, Patrícia Gomes Costa, Liziara Costa Cabrera, Ednei Gilberto Primel, Gilberto Fillmann, Adalto Bianchini, Claudia Bueno Dos Reis Martinez
The aim of this study was to investigate the responses of biomarkers in feral and caged fish and the capacity of these biomarkers to discriminate contamination levels along a stream located in an agricultural area in Southern Brazil. Specimens of the Neotropical fish, Astyanax altiparanae, were confined for 168h in three lakes along the stream. Additionally, during the weeks of in situ exposure, wild specimens of this species were collected from the same sites. Biochemical biomarkers were analyzed, such as phase I biotransformation enzyme 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) and phase II biotransformation enzyme glutathione S-transferase, and we also determined hepatic and branchial levels of non-protein thiols (NPSH), oxidative damage such as lipid peroxidation (LPO), and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in muscle and brain...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215812/indoor-air-pollutants-ventilation-rate-determinants-and-potential-control-strategies-in-chinese-dwellings-a-literature-review
#11
Wei Ye, Xu Zhang, Jun Gao, Guangyu Cao, Xiang Zhou, Xing Su
After nearly twenty years of rapid modernization and urbanization in China, huge achievements have transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people. However, unprecedented environmental consequences in both indoor and outdoor environments have accompanied this progress and have triggered public awareness and demands for improved living standards, especially in residential environments. Indoor pollution data measured for >7000 dwellings (approximately 1/3 were newly decorated and were tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements, while the rest were tested for particles, phthalates and other semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), moisture/mold, inorganic gases and radon) in China within the last ten years were reviewed, summarized and compared with indoor concentration recommendations based on sensory or health end-points...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215811/intra-annual-variation-of-the-association-between-agricultural-best-management-practices-and-stream-nutrient-concentrations
#12
Nolan J T Pearce, Adam G Yates
Temporal variation may influence the ability of best management practices (BMPs) to mitigate the loss of agricultural pollutants to streams. Our goal was to assess variation in mitigation effects of BMPs by examining the associations between instream nutrient concentrations and the abundance and location of four structural BMPs over a hydrologic year. Water samples were collected monthly (Nov. 2013-Oct. 2014) in 15 headwater streams representing a gradient of BMP use in Southern Ontario, Canada. Partial least squares (PLS) regression models were used to associate two groups of collinear nutrient forms with the abundance and location of BMPs, antecedent precipitation and time of year...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215810/the-impact-of-pre-restoration-land-use-and-disturbance-on-sediment-structure-hydrology-and-the-sediment-geochemical-environment-in-restored-saltmarshes
#13
Kate L Spencer, Simon J Carr, Lucy M Diggens, James A Tempest, Michelle A Morris, Gemma L Harvey
Saltmarshes are being lost or degraded as a result of human activity resulting in loss of critical ecosystem services including the provision of wild species diversity, water quality regulation and flood regulation. To compensate, saltmarshes are being restored or re-created, usually driven by legislative requirements for increased habitat diversity, flood regulation and sustainable coastal defense. Yet, there is increasing evidence that restoration may not deliver anticipated ecosystem services; this is frequently attributed to poor drainage and sediment anoxia...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215809/topological-data-analysis-tda-applied-to-reveal-pedogenetic-principles-of-european-topsoil-system
#14
Aleksandar Savic, Gergely Toth, Ludovic Duponchel
Recent developments in applied mathematics are bringing new tools that are capable to synthesize knowledge in various disciplines, and help in finding hidden relationships between variables. One such technique is topological data analysis (TDA), a fusion of classical exploration techniques such as principal component analysis (PCA), and a topological point of view applied to clustering of results. Various phenomena have already received new interpretations thanks to TDA, from the proper choice of sport teams to cancer treatments...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215808/urea-stabilisation-and-concentration-for-urine-diverting-dry-toilets-urine-dehydration-in-ash
#15
Jenna Senecal, Björn Vinnerås
Human excreta contain the same nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K) as the fertilisers used to produce the food consumed. However, human excreta are considered unwanted waste throughout the world, creating humanitarian and environmental problems. In order to replace the nutrients removed from fields during crop harvesting, more fertilisers are manufactured, in processes contributing to environmental changes at global level. The limitation of human urine as a fertiliser is its low nutrient concentration compared with commercial fertilisers...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215807/proteomic-responses-of-european-flounder-to-temperature-and-hypoxia-as-interacting-stressors-differential-sensitivities-of-populations
#16
Nicolas Pédron, Sébastien Artigaud, José-Luis Zambonino Infante, Nicolas Le Bayon, Grégory Charrier, Vianney Pichereau, Jean Laroche
In the context of global change, ectotherms are increasingly impacted by abiotic perturbations. Along the distribution area of a species, the populations at low latitudes are particularly exposed to temperature increase and hypoxic events. In this study, we have compared the proteomic responses in the liver of European flounder populations, by using 2-D electrophoresis. One southern peripheral population from Portugal vs two northern core populations from France, were reared in a common garden experiment. Most of the proteomic differences were observed between the two experimental conditions, a cold vs a warm and hypoxic conditions...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215806/introducing-the-2-drops-model-for-two-dimensional-simulation-of-crop-roots-and-pesticide-within-the-soil-root-zone
#17
Annika Agatz, Colin D Brown
Mathematical models of pesticide fate and behaviour in soils have been developed over the last 30years. Most models simulate fate of pesticides in a 1-dimensional system successfully, supporting a range of applications where the prediction target is either bulk residues in soil or receiving compartments outside of the soil zone. Nevertheless, it has been argued that the 1-dimensional approach is limiting the application of knowledge on pesticide fate under specific pesticide placement strategies, such as seed, furrow and band applications to control pests and weeds...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215805/private-well-groundwater-quality-in-west-virginia-usa-2010
#18
R K Law, M W Murphy, E Choudhary
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health (BPH), initiated an investigation to characterize private well water quality in West Virginia. The objective was to better characterize private well water across various aquifer geologies by testing household drinking water samples and comparing them to EPA's National Primary Drinking Water Standards. The BPH selected ten counties representing three regions to capture geologically diverse areas that represent varying aquifer geology...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215804/pyrogenic-carbon-in-australian-soils
#19
Fangjie Qi, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Zhaomin Dong, Yubo Yan, Dane Lamb, Thomas D Bucheli, Girish Choppala, Luchun Duan, Kirk T Semple
Pyrogenic carbon (PyC), the combustion residues of fossil fuel and biomass, is a versatile soil fraction active in biogeochemical processes. In this study, the chemo-thermal oxidation method (CTO-375) was applied to investigate the content and distribution of PyC in 30 Australian agricultural, pastoral, bushland and parkland soil with various soil types. Soils were sampled incrementally to 50cm in 6 locations and at another 7 locations at 0-10cm. Results showed that PyC in Australian soils typically ranged from 0...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215803/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-produced-in-the-combustion-of-fatty-acid-alkyl-esters-from-different-feedstocks-quantification-statistical-analysis-and-mechanisms-of-formation
#20
Alberto Llamas, Ana-María Al-Lal, María-Jesús García-Martínez, Marcelo F Ortega, Juan F Llamas, Magín Lapuerta, Laureano Canoira
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are pollutants of concern due to their carcinogenic and mutagenic activity. Their emissions are mainly related with the combustion or pyrolysis of the organic matter, such as in fossil fuels combustion. It is important to characterize PAHs in the combustions of biofuels due to their increasing importance in the actual energetic setting. There is a lot of research focused in PAHs emission due to the combustion in diesel engines; but only few of them have analyzed the effect of raw material and type of alcohol used in the transesterification process...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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