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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454068/biochar-based-water-treatment-systems-as-a-potential-low-cost-and-sustainable-technology-for-clean-water-provision
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Willis Gwenzi, Nhamo Chaukura, Chicgoua Noubactep, Fungai N D Mukome
Approximately 600 million people lack access to safe drinking water, hence achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030) calls for rapid translation of recent research into practical and frugal solutions within the remaining 13 years. Biochars, with excellent capacity to remove several contaminants from aqueous solutions, constitute an untapped technology for drinking water treatment. Biochar water treatment has several potential merits compared to existing low-cost methods (i...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453991/advocacy-coalitions-and-protected-areas-creation-process-case-study-in-the-amazon
#2
Sandra Nicolle, Maya Leroy
Protected areas are the cornerstones of conservation policies worldwide. However, only few researches are led to analyse the way they emerge, except for criticising top-down governmental choices. Yet, the historical approach and strategic analysis of public policy building over the long term allows a better understanding of the stakes of action capacity of these policies. We therefore mobilize the advocacy coalition framework to show that protected areas creation is always due to coalitions of actors who belong to different professional fields and act at different scales but nevertheless share common stakes...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453990/thermo-chemo-sonic-pre-digestion-of-waste-activated-sludge-for-yeast-cultivation-to-extract-lipids-for-biodiesel-production
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P Selvakumar, P Sivashanmugam
The low cost biosynthesis of microbial lipids are an efficient feedstock to replace plant based oil for biodiesel production. The present study objective is to explore the effect of thermo-chemo-sonic pre-digestion of municipal Waste Activated Sludge (WAS) to cultivate oleaginous L. starkeyi MTCC-1400 as a model organism to produce high yield biomass and lipid. Higher Suspended Solids (SS) reduction (20 and 15.71%) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) solubilization (27.6 and 22.3%) were achieved at a Specific Energy (SE) input of 5569 kJ/kg for WAS digested with NaOH and KOH, respectively...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453989/recovery-of-lithium-from-the-effluent-obtained-in-the-process-of-spent-lithium-ion-batteries-recycling
#4
Xueyi Guo, Xiao Cao, Guoyong Huang, Qinghua Tian, Hongyu Sun
A novel process of lithium recovery as lithium ion sieve from the effluent obtained in the process of spent lithium-ion batteries recycling is developed. Through a two-stage precipitation process using Na2CO3 and Na3PO4 as precipitants, lithium is recovered as raw Li2CO3 and pure Li3PO4, respectively. Under the best reaction condition (both the amounts of Na2CO3 and Li3PO4vs. the theoretical ones are about 1.1), the corresponding recovery rates of lithium (calculated based on the concentration of the previous stage) are 74...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453988/conservation-program-delivery-in-the-southern-u-s-preferences-and-interactions
#5
Christopher S Galik, Robert K Grala
A lingering challenge in implementation of ecosystem-based planning is translating high-level conservation objectives to discrete management initiatives. Recent research underscores this, emphasizing the importance of the processes by which plans are developed and how programs to implement plans are delivered to stakeholders. This study contributes to the existing program design, research methodology, and conservation practice literature through an assessment of landowner and conservation practitioner relationships in the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks (GCPO) region of the southern U...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453987/calcium-rich-biochar-from-the-pyrolysis-of-crab-shell-for-phosphorus-removal
#6
Lichun Dai, Furong Tan, Hong Li, Nengmin Zhu, Mingxiong He, Qili Zhu, Guoquan Hu, Li Wang, Jie Zhao
Calcium-rich biochars (CRB) prepared through pyrolysis of crab shell at various temperatures were characterized for physicochemical properties and P removal potential. Elemental analysis showed that CRB was rich in calcium (22.91%-36.14%), while poor in carbon (25.21%-9.08%). FTIR, XRD and TG analyses showed that calcite-based CRB was prepared at temperature ≤600 °C, while lime-based CRB was prepared at temperature ≥700 °C. Phosphorus removal experiment showed that P removal efficiencies in 80 mg P/L phosphate solution and biogas effluent ranged from 26% to 11%, respectively, to about 100% and 63%, respectively, depending on the pyrolysis temperature of the resulting biochar...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453986/facilitating-smallholder-tree-farming-in-fragmented-tropical-landscapes-challenges-and-potentials-for-sustainable-land-management
#7
Syed Ajijur Rahman, Terry Sunderland, James M Roshetko, John Robert Healey
Under changing land use in tropical Asia, there is evidence of forest product diversification through implementation of tree-based farming by smallholders. This paper assesses in two locations, West Java, Indonesia and eastern Bangladesh, current land use conditions from the perspective of smallholder farmers, the factors that facilitate their adoption of tree farming, and the potential of landscape-scale approaches to foster sustainable land management. Data were collected through rapid rural appraisals, focus group discussions, field observations, semi-structured interviews of farm households and key informant interviews of state agricultural officers...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448847/lactic-acid-fermentation-of-human-urine-to-improve-its-fertilizing-value-and-reduce-odour-emissions
#8
N Andreev, M Ronteltap, B Boincean, M Wernli, E Zubcov, N Bagrin, N Borodin, P N L Lens
During storage of urine, urea is biologically decomposed to ammonia, which can be lost through volatilization and in turn causes significant unpleasant smell. In response, lactic acid fermentation of urine is a cost-effective technique to decrease nitrogen volatilization and reduce odour emissions. Fresh urine (pH = 5.2-5.3 and NH4(+)-N = 1.2-1.3 g L(-1)) was lacto-fermented for 36 days in closed glass jars with a lactic acid bacterial inoculum from sauerkraut juice and compared to untreated, stored urine...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448846/upcrowding-energy-co-operatives-evaluating-the-potential-of-crowdfunding-for-business-model-innovation-of-energy-co-operatives
#9
Mathias Georg Dilger, Tanja Jovanović, Kai-Ingo Voigt
Practice and theory have proven the relevance of energy co-operatives for civic participation in the energy turnaround. However, due to a still low awareness and changing regulation, there seems an unexploited potential of utilizing the legal form 'co-operative' in this context. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate the crowdfunding implementation in the business model of energy co-operatives in order to cope with the mentioned challenges. Based on a theoretical framework, we derive a Business Model Innovation (BMI) through crowdfunding including synergies and differences...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448845/use-of-aqueous-two-phase-peg-salt-systems-for-the-removal-of-anionic-surfactant-from-effluents
#10
Gabriella Frade Murari, Jussara Alves Penido, Heriveltom Morais da Silva, Bruno Eduardo Lôbo Baêta, Sérgio Francisco de Aquino, Leandro Rodrigues de Lemos, Guilherme Dias Rodrigues, Aparecida Barbosa Mageste
Linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LAS) are synthetic anionic surfactants that are extensively used in many industries. As a result, large volumes of effluents containing high levels of these compounds are discharged into water bodies, causing risks to aquatic flora and fauna. Then, there is a need for environmentally safe and economically viable technologies for the removal of LAS from aqueous matrices. The present work evaluates the use of aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) composed of PEG and sulfate salts for this purpose, considering the effects of tie line length (TLL), molar mass of polymer, and type of cation-forming salt on the partitioning behavior of LAS...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448844/consequences-of-bioenergy-wood-extraction-for-landscape-level-availability-of-habitat-for-dead-wood-dependent-organisms
#11
Matthew Hiron, Mats Jonsell, Ariana Kubart, Göran Thor, Martin Schroeder, Anders Dahlberg, Victor Johansson, Thomas Ranius
Stumps and slash resulting from forest clearcutting is used as a source of low-net-carbon energy, but there are concerns about the consequences of biofuel extraction on biodiversity. Logging residues constitute potentially important habitats, since a large part of forest biodiversity is dependent on dead wood. Here we used snapshot field data from a managed forest landscape (25 000 ha) to predict landscape scale population changes of dead wood dependent organisms after extraction of stumps and slash after clearcutting...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448843/prediction-of-pm2-5-along-urban-highway-corridor-under-mixed-traffic-conditions-using-caline4-model
#12
Rajni Dhyani, Niraj Sharma, Animesh Kumar Maity
The present study deals with spatial-temporal distribution of PM2.5 along a highly trafficked national highway corridor (NH-2) in Delhi, India. Population residing in areas near roads and highways of high vehicular activities are exposed to high levels of PM2.5 resulting in various health issues. The spatial extent of PM2.5 has been assessed with the help of CALINE4 model. Various input parameters of the model were estimated and used to predict PM2.5 concentration along the selected highway corridor. The results indicated that there are many factors involved which affects the prediction of PM2...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448809/recent-land-use-and-land-cover-changes-and-its-driving-factors-in-a-fire-prone-area-of-southwestern-turkey
#13
Olga Viedma, José M Moreno, Cumhur Güngöroglu, Ufuk Cosgun, Ali Kavgacı
During the last decades, contrasted trends in forest fires among countries around the Mediterranean basin have been observed. In the northern/western countries, Land Use-Land Cover (LULC) changes led to more hazardous landscapes, with consequent increases in fires. This contrasted with fire trends in southern/eastern countries. The recent incidence of large fires in some of the latter prompted the question of whether they are now following the path of their neighbors decades earlier. In this study, we investigated recent LULC changes in southwestern Turkey, focusing on those that could affect fire, and the factors driving them...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448808/identifying-conflict-potential-in-a-coastal-and-marine-environment-using-participatory-mapping
#14
Susan A Moore, Greg Brown, Halina Kobryn, Jennifer Strickland-Munro
Planning for coastal and marine environments is often characterized by conflict over current and proposed uses. Marine spatial planning has been proposed as a way forward, however, social data are often missing impeding decision-making. Participatory mapping, a technique useful for providing social data and predict conflict potential, is being used in an increasing number of terrestrial applications to inform planning, but has been little used in the marine realm. This study collected social data for an extensive coastline in northwestern Australia via 167 in-depth face-to-face interviews including participant mapping of place values...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442173/analysis-of-tar-compounds-and-quantification-of-naphthalene-from-thermal-treatment-of-household-biowaste
#15
S Vakalis, F Patuzzi, K Moustakas, A Sotiropoulos, D Malamis, M Baratieri
Household biowaste represent the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and are an underutilized resource. Although previous studies have performed pyrolysis of organic waste, the vast majority has been on specific presorted feedstock or conventional lignocellulosic streams. Therefore, there is a lack of pyrolysis applications on representative food waste as retrieved from households and this can be attributed primarily to their high water content and their degradability. But via the intermediate step of drying, long-term storage and thermal treatment have become possible...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441554/how-far-are-we-from-closing-the-loop-of-sewage-resource-recovery-a-real-picture-of-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plants-in-italy
#16
Matteo Papa, Paola Foladori, Lorena Guglielmi, Giorgio Bertanza
This paper presents the results of a broad-scale survey of resource recovery implementation in Italian wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey comprising a large number of WWTPs done in Europe: more than 600 plants were investigated, representing a treated load of around 20 million population equivalent (≈25% of the total in Italy). Conventional and innovative options for both material and energy recovery along the water and sludge line were surveyed, in order to i) offer a real and complete picture of the current state of resource recovery in WWTPs, and ii) underline key aspects and potential areas for improvements, as a baseline for future developments in the direction of more sustainable plants...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441553/determination-of-critical-operational-conditions-favoring-sulfide-production-from-domestic-wastewater-treated-by-a-sulfur-utilizing-denitrification-process
#17
L Ghorbel, L Coudert, Y Gilbert, G Mercier, J F Blais
The aim of this study was to determine the critical operational conditions leading to the generation of sulfide in a domestic wastewater treated by a sulfur-utilizing denitrification process. The influence of various important parameters on the reduction of the sulfates present in denitrified domestic wastewaters to sulfide was studied. Experiments were carried out in batch mode with denitrified domestic wastewaters containing various amounts of both organic matter and sulfates. Preliminary results showed that aqueous sulfide was generated for DOC and sulfate contents higher than 56 mg/L and 371 mg/L, respectively, while DOC and sulfate contents of 77 mg/L and 412 mg/L, respectively, were required to allow the release of gaseous H2S...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437778/strengthening-governance-for-intertidal-ecosystems-requires-a-consistent-definition-of-boundaries-between-land-and-sea
#18
Stefanie M Rog, Carly N Cook
The protection of intertidal ecosystems is complex because they straddle both marine and terrestrial realms. This leads to inconsistent characterisation as marine and/or terrestrial systems, or neither. Vegetated intertidal ecosystems are especially complex to classify because they can have an unclear border with terrestrial vegetation, causing confusion around taxonomy (e.g., mangrove-like plants). This confusion and inconsistency in classification can impact these systems through poor governance and incomplete protection...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437777/testing-decontaminated-sediments-as-a-substrate-for-ornamentals-in-field-nursery-plantations
#19
Francesca Ugolini, Costanza Calzolari, Giuseppe Mario Lanini, Luciano Massetti, Stefania Pollaki, Antonio Raschi, Francesco Sabatini, Giacomo Tagliaferri, Fabrizio Ungaro, Daniele Massa, Maurizio Antonetti, Carlos Garcia Izquierdo, Cristina Macci, Grazia Masciandaro
When canals and harbours are dredged, huge amount of polluted sediments has to be stocked and transported to the landfill with incredibly high costs of management. Among the remediation techniques for the reclamation of polluted sediments and soils, phytoremediation represents a sustainable and effective technique though still not fully promoted or commercialized. In this study we have tested the suitability for plant nursing of a substrate resulting from sediments dredged from a canal and treated with phytoremediation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437707/effect-of-pco2-on-direct-flue-gas-mineral-carbonation-at-pilot-scale
#20
Ikbel Mouedhen, Nassima Kemache, Louis-César Pasquier, Emmanuelle Cecchi, Jean-François Blais, Guy Mercier
Concerns about global warming phenomena induced the development of research about the control of anthropogenic greenhouse gases emissions. The current work studies on the scaling up of aqueous mineral carbonation route to reduce the CO2 emissions at the chimney of industrial emitters. The reactivity of serpentinite in a stirred tank reactor was studied for several partial pressures of CO2 (pCO2) (0.4, 0.7, 1.3 and 1.6 bar). Prior to carbonation, the feedstock was finely grinded and dehydroxyled at 650 °C by a thermal treatment...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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