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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651210/associations-between-perfluorinated-alkyl-acids-in-blood-and-ovarian-follicular-fluid-and-ovarian-function-in-women-undergoing-assisted-reproductive-treatment
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Jessica A McCoy, Jacqueline T Bangma, Jessica L Reiner, John A Bowden, John Schnorr, Michael Slowey, Thomas O'Leary, Louis J Guillette, Benjamin B Parrott
Endocrine disrupting contaminants, in combination with other environmental variables, are associated with altered reproductive health. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures offer valuable opportunities to explore the connections between environmental contaminants in the ovarian microenvironment and measures of fertility, including impaired responsiveness to gonadotropins. Here, we investigate an emerging class of environmental contaminants, the perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAAs), to determine whether ovarian contaminant levels are associated with measures of ovarian responsiveness and fertility outcomes in a South Carolina population of women undergoing ART...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651209/removal-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-by-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-acclimated-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-contributions-of-cometabolism-and-endogenous-respiration
#2
Junwon Park, Naoyuki Yamashita, Guangxue Wu, Hiroaki Tanaka
We carried out batch experiments using biomass from a membrane bioreactor (MBR) to study the influence of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) on the removal of 45 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Kinetic parameters such as biodegradation constants and adsorption coefficients with and without AOB inhibition were estimated. No significant differences in adsorption tendency were found, but the biodegradability of most compounds was enhanced when ammonia was completely oxidized, indicating that AOB present in MBR played a critical role in eliminating the PPCPs...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651208/relationship-between-thms-ndma-formation-potential-and-molecular-weight-of-organic-compounds-for-source-and-treated-water-in-shanghai-china
#3
Dong An, Bin Gu, Sainan Sun, Han Zhang, Yanan Chen, Huifeng Zhu, Jian Shi, Jun Tong
Molecular weight (MW) distributions in source and treated water in Shanghai, China were investigated to understand the relationship between trihalomethanes formation potential/N-nitrosodimethylamine formation potential (THMFP/NDMAFP) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) for different MW ranges (<1K, 1-10K, 10-30K, >30KDa). The result of MW distributions in source water indicated a relationship between THMFP/NDMAFP and DOC such that DOC for <1K and 1-30KDa DOC were linearly related to THMFP and NDMAFP, respectively...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648374/cryptic-invasions-a-review
#4
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Pedro Morais, Martin Reichard
Cryptic invasions are defined as the introduction and spread of non-native lineages within the species' native range (intra-specific cryptic invasion) or the invasion of non-native species that goes unnoticed due to misidentification as a native or another invasive species (inter-specific cryptic invasion). While population-specific attributes are acknowledged to play a critical role in the success and impact of biological invasions in general, our knowledge of the causes and consequences of cryptic invasions is largely neglected...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648373/economic-assessment-of-wild-bird-mortality-induced-by-the-use-of-lead-gunshot-in-european-wetlands
#5
Alessandro Andreotti, Vittorio Guberti, Riccardo Nardelli, Simone Pirrello, Lorenzo Serra, Stefano Volponi, Rhys E Green
In European wetlands, at least 40 bird species are exposed to the risk of lead poisoning caused by ingestion of spent lead gunshot. Adopting a methodology developed in North America, we estimated that about 700,000 individuals of 16 waterbird species die annually in the European Union (EU) (6.1% of the wintering population) and one million in whole Europe (7.0%) due to acute effects of lead poisoning. Furthermore, threefold more birds suffer sub-lethal effects. We assessed the economic loss due to this lead-induced mortality of these 16 species by calculating the costs of replacing lethally poisoned wild birds by releasing captive-bred ones...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648372/moss-bag-monitoring-as-screening-technique-to-estimate-the-relevance-of-methylated-arsine-emission
#6
Julia Arndt, Britta Planer-Friedrich
Volatile arsenic (As) species, like arsine, mono-, di-, and trimethylarsine (AsH3, MeAsH2, Me2AsH, Me3As) are difficult to sample in remote areas without sophisticated equipment. The application of moss bags is an easy-to-apply screening technique which has been used for trapping total (mostly particulate) As from different emission sources before. We evaluated its potential for additional volatile As species screening. We found Me2AsH and Me3As in N2 atmosphere to be quantitatively trapped on the mosses and to be recoverable as their respective pentavalent acids (and/or oxyanions) when ground mosses were heated for 90min at 90°C in 0...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648371/impacts-of-tannery-effluent-on-development-and-morphological-characters-in-a-neotropical-tadpole
#7
Mateus Flores Montalvão, André Luis da Silva Castro, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Guilherme Malafaia
Previous studies have shown the contamination of rivers and streams caused by tannery effluents (TE). However, the effects of TE on amphibians are still unknown. Thus, we evaluated whether the TE, even at low concentrations (0.2%), could cause asymmetric development (inferred through the fluctuating asymmetry indices (FA)) and changes in morphological characteristics of Physalaemus cuvieri larvae. Accordingly, the tadpoles were distributed in groups non-exposed (n=160) and exposed (n=160) to this TE, for 15days...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648370/can-nutrient-enrichment-influence-the-invasion-of-phragmites-australis
#8
Md Nazim Uddin, Randall William Robinson
Plant invasion and nutrient enrichment because of anthropogenic landscape modifications seriously threaten native plant community diversity in aquatic and wetland ecosystems. It is poorly understood, however, whether these two disturbances interact with the functional identity of recipient native plants to drive community change. We performed combined studies in the fields and greenhouse to examine whether nutrient enrichment may trigger the invasion of Phragmites australis in wetlands through competitive advantage over native Melaleuca ericifolia...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648369/water-diversion-projects-negatively-impact-lake-metabolism-a-case-study-in-lake-dazong-china
#9
Xiaolong Yao, Lu Zhang, Yunlin Zhang, Yingyang Du, Xingyu Jiang, Min Li
Water diversion projects are one of the major tools for counteracting water resource shortage in China. Many diversion projects aimed at diverting water from the Yangtze River or other rivers. This study, using one of the lakes receiving Yangtze River water as a case study, illustrated how nutrient, O2, and N2 fluxes across the sediment-water interface (SWI) changed with increasing nitrate loads during in situ benthic chamber incubation. Increasing nitrate loads in the overlying water caused complex changes in the SWI fluxes...
June 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647155/quantifying-trade-offs-between-future-yield-levels-food-availability-and-forest-and-woodland-conservation-in-benin
#10
Confidence Duku, Sander J Zwart, Lenny G J van Bussel, Lars Hein
Meeting the dual objectives of food security and ecosystem protection is a major challenge in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). To this end agricultural intensification is considered desirable, yet, there remain uncertainties regarding the impact of climate change on opportunities for agricultural intensification and the adequacy of intensification options given the rapid population growth. We quantify trade-offs between levels of yield gap closure, food availability and forest and woodland conservation under different scenarios...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647154/synergistic-negative-effects-of-small-sized-benthivorous-fish-and-nitrogen-loading-on-the-growth-of-submerged-macrophytes-relevance-for-shallow-lake-restoration
#11
Jiao Gu, Hu He, Hui Jin, Jinlei Yu, Erik Jeppesen, Robert W Nairn, Kuanyi Li
Rapid recruitment of small fish after biomanipulation in warm lakes may delay the reestablishment of submerged macrophytes, not least at high nutrient concentrations. Success has recently been obtained in controlling phosphorus (P) loading to many lakes, but nitrogen (N) inputs often remain high. To determine the interactive effects of N loading and the abundance of small-sized fish on the growth of the submerged macrophyte Vallisneria natans, we conducted an outdoor mesocosm experiment with a factorial design on the north shore of Lake Taihu, China...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647153/organic-matter-properties-of-fennoscandian-ecosystems-potential-oxidation-of-northern-environments-under-future-change
#12
Gareth D Clay, Fred Worrall, Rebecca Plummer, Catherine S Moody
The oxidative ratio (OR) of an ecosystem, which reflects the ratio of O2:CO2 associated with ecosystem gas exchanges, is an important parameter in understanding the sink of CO2 represented by the terrestrial biosphere. There is a growing body of ecosystem-based approaches to understand OR; however, there are still a number of unknowns. This study addressed two gaps in our understanding of the oxidation of the terrestrial biosphere: (1) What is the oxidation state of Arctic ecosystems, and in particular permafrost soils? (2) Will coupled climate and land use change cause the terrestrial organic matter oxidation state to change? The study considered eight locations along a transect from southern Sweden to northern Norway and sampled different organic matter types (soil, litter, trees, and herbaceous vegetation) as well as different soil orders (Inceptisols, Spodosols, Histosols, and Gelisols)...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
#13
Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646779/polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-the-surrounding-of-an-e-waste-recycling-facility-in-north-rhine-westphalia-levels-in-plants-and-dusts-spatial-distribution-homologue-pattern-and-source-identification-using-the-combination-of-plants-and-wind-direction-data
#14
Marcel Klees, Katja Hombrecher, Dieter Gladtke
During this study the occurrence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the surrounding of an e-waste recycling facility in North-Rhine Westphalia was analysed. PCB levels were analysed in curly kale, spruce needles, street dusts and dusts. Conspicuously high PCB concentrations in curly kale and spruce needles were found directly northwards of the industrial premises. Furthermore a concentration gradient originating from the industrial premises to the residential areas in direction southwest to northeast was evident...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646778/the-hydrological-functioning-of-a-constructed-fen-wetland-watershed
#15
Scott J Ketcheson, Jonathan S Price, Owen Sutton, George Sutherland, Eric Kessel, Richard M Petrone
Mine reclamation requires the reconstruction of entire landforms and drainage systems. The hydrological regime of reclaimed landscapes will be a manifestation of the processes operating within the individual landforms that comprise it. Hydrology is the most important process regulating wetland function and development, via strong controls on chemical and biotic processes. Accordingly, this research addresses the growing and immediate need to understand the hydrological processes that operate within reconstructed landscapes following resource extraction...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646777/predicting-improved-optical-water-quality-in-rivers-resulting-from-soil-conservation-actions-on-land
#16
J R Dymond, R J Davies-Colley, A O Hughes, C D Matthaei
Deforestation in New Zealand has led to increased soil erosion and sediment loads in rivers. Increased suspended fine sediment in water reduces visual clarity for humans and aquatic animals and reduces penetration of photosynthetically available radiation to aquatic plants. To mitigate fine-sediment impacts in rivers, catchment-wide approaches to reducing soil erosion are required. Targeting soil conservation for reducing sediment loads in rivers is possible through existing models; however, relationships between sediment loads and sediment-related attributes of water that affect both ecology and human uses of water are poorly understood...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646776/characterizing-the-pahs-in-surface-waters-and-snow-in-the-athabasca-region-implications-for-identifying-hydrological-pathways-of-atmospheric-deposition
#17
S J Birks, S Cho, E Taylor, Y Yi, J J Gibson
The composition of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons present in snow and surface waters in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) was characterized in order to identify major contributors to the organics detected in rivers and lakes in the region. PAH concentrations, measured by three monitoring programs in 2011, were used to compare the PAH compositions of snow and surface waters across the AOSR. The 2011 dataset includes total (dissolved+particulate) concentrations of thirty-four parent and alkylated PAH compounds in 105 snow, 272 river, and 3 lake samples...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646775/consequences-of-intensive-forest-harvesting-on-the-recovery-of-swedish-lakes-from-acidification-and-on-critical-load-exceedances
#18
Filip Moldan, Johanna Stadmark, Jens Fölster, Sara Jutterström, Martyn N Futter, Bernard J Cosby, Richard F Wright
Across much of the northern hemisphere, lakes are at risk of re-acidification due to incomplete recovery from historical acidification and pressures associated with more intensive forest biomass harvesting. Critical load (CL) calculations aimed at estimating the amount of pollutants an ecosystem can receive without suffering adverse consequences are dependent on these factors. Here, we present a modelling study of the potential effects of intensified forest harvesting on re-acidification of a set of 3239 Swedish lakes based on scenarios with varying intensities of forest biomass harvest and acid deposition...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646774/observations-of-black-carbon-aerosols-characteristics-over-an-urban-environment-radiative-forcing-and-related-implications
#19
Samina Bibi, Khan Alam, Farrukh Chishtie, Humera Bibi, Said Rahman
With observations of black carbon (BC) aerosol concentrations, optical and radiative properties were obtained over the urban city of Karachi during the period of March 2006-December 2008. BC concentrations were continuously measured using an Aethalometer, while optical and radiative properties were estimated through the Optical Properties of Aerosols and Clouds (OPAC) and Santa Barbra DISORT Atmospheric Radiative Transfer (SBDART) models, respectively. For the study period, the measured BC concentrations were higher during January, February and November, while lower during May, June, July and August...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645710/impact-of-upstream-river-inputs-and-reservoir-operation-on-phosphorus-fractions-in-water-particulate-phases-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir
#20
Chaonan Han, Binghui Zheng, Yanwen Qin, Yingqun Ma, Chenchen Yang, Zhichao Liu, Wei Cao, Minghui Chi
The impoundment of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR) has changed water-sand transport regime, with inevitable effects on phosphorus transport behavior in the TGR. In this study, we measured phosphorus fractions in water and suspended particles transported from upstream rivers of the TGR (the Yangtze River, the Jialing River and the Wu River) to reservoir inner region over the full operation schedule of the TGR. The aim was to determine how phosphorus fractions in water and particulate phases varied in response to natural hydrological processes and reservoir operations...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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