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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162373/stabilisation-and-dewatering-of-primary-sludge-using-ferrate-vi-pre-treatment-followed-by-freeze-thaw-in-simulated-drainage-beds
#1
James Diak, Banu Örmeci
This study evaluated the ability of potassium ferrate(VI) and freeze-thaw to stabilise and dewater primary sludge. Potassium ferrate(VI) additions of 0.5 and 5.0 g/L were used as a pre-treatment prior to freeze-thaw. Samples were frozen at -10, -20 and -30 °C, and were kept frozen for 1, 8 and 15 days. The samples were subsequently thawed at room temperature in a setup which allowed meltwater to be separated from the sludge cake via gravity drainage. The meltwater was characterised in terms of fecal coliform, soluble chemical oxygen demand (COD), soluble proteins, soluble carbohydrates, pH and turbidity...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161679/the-changes-of-nutrient-composition-of-piled-laying-hen-manure-and-anaerobic-fermentation-for-recycling-as-a-dietary-ingredient-for-ruminants
#2
Tianlong Han, Liping Wang, Yanming Zhang, Jun Zhang, Dongsheng Han, Ning Lv, Xiaohua Han, Guoqiang Zhao, Min Wang
This study investigated the changes of nutrient compositions of piled laying hen manure, detected the physical and chemical components of laying hen manure fermented by mixed strains, and analysed its application effects on feeding ruminants. The results showed that with increasing of piling time, the contents of crude protein (CP) and ether extract (EE) in laying hen manure were reduced, while the contents of crude ash (CA), calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) were increased. Fermentation could effectively decrease pH value, reduce Ca/P ratio, lessen the total bacterial counts, and maintain the organisms contents in laying hen manure...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161678/preliminary-evaluation-of-pathogenic-bacteria-loading-on-organic-municipal-solid-waste-compost-and-vermicompost
#3
Nuhaa Soobhany
The use of composts or vermicomposts derived from organic fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) brought about certain disagreement in terms of high level of bacterial pathogens, thereby surpassing the legal restrictions. This preliminary study was undertaken to compare the evolution of pathogenic bacteria on OFMSW compost against vermicompost (generated by Eudrilus eugeniae) with promises of achieving sanitation goals. Analysis to quality data showed that OFMSW vermicomposting caused a moderately higher reduction in total coliforms in contrast to composting...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161677/nanotechnology-based-recent-approaches-for-sensing-and-remediation-of-pesticides
#4
REVIEW
Deepak Rawtani, Nitasha Khatri, Sanjiv Tyagi, Gaurav Pandey
Pesticides are meant to control and destroy the pests and weeds. They are classified into different categories on the basis their origin and type of pest they target. Chemical pesticides such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides are commonly used in agricultural fields. However, the excessive use of these agrochemicals have adverse effects on environment such as reduced population of insect pollinators, threat to endangered species and habitat of birds. Upon consumption; chemical pesticides also cause various health issues such as skin, eye and nervous system related problems and cancer upon prolonged exposure...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161676/hydrophilic-and-positively-charged-polyethylenimine-functionalized-mesoporous-magnetic-clusters-for-highly-efficient-removal-of-pb-ii-and-cr-vi-from-wastewater
#5
Min Young Lee, Ji Hwan Lee, Jae Woo Chung, Seung-Yeop Kwak
We develop mesoporous magnetic clusters (MMCs) functionalized with hydrophilic branched polyethylenimine (b-PEI), later called b-MG, and MMCs functionalized with positively charged b-PEI (p-MG). These materials efficiently remove Pb(II) and Cr(VI) from wastewater. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis results clearly indicate that hydrophilic b-PEI and positively charged b-PEI are successfully attached to the MMC surfaces...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161675/a-comparison-of-two-digestion-methods-for-assessing-heavy-metals-level-in-urban-soils-influenced-by-mining-and-industrial-activities
#6
Khaled A M Alsaleh, Helmut Meuser, Adel R A Usman, Mohammad I Al-Wabel, Abdullah S Al-Farraj
A comparison between two digestion methods of hot plate Hossner (total-total) and USEPA method 3051 (total-recoverable) was carried out to suggest a proper method for determining nine heavy metals (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) content of three urban soils affected by mining (Mahd AD'Dahab) or industrial activities (Riyadh and Jubail) at Saudi Arabia. The results showed no significant differences between two digestion methods for Cd, Cu, Pb and Zn in soils affected by mining and for Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn in soils affected by industrial activities...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161644/treatment-of-industrial-estate-wastewater-by-the-application-of-electrocoagulation-process-using-iron-electrodes
#7
Y Yavuz, Ü B Ögütveren
In this study electrocoagulation (EC) of industrial estate wastewater taken from the inlet of wastewater treatment plant was investigated using sacrificial iron electrodes. Employing a pole changer to homogenous consumption of electrodes, studies on the parameters such as current density, supporting electrolyte concentration and initial pH, which have significant effects on COD removal and hence the energy consumption, were performed. Hydrogen peroxide was used in different concentrations to observe its effects on COD removal efficiency and the energy consumption...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157887/spatial-patterns-of-heavy-metal-accumulation-in-sediments-and-macrophytes-of-bellandur-wetland-bangalore
#8
T V Ramachandra, P B Sudarshan, M K Mahesh, S Vinay
Heavy metals are one among the toxic chemicals and accumulation in sediments and plants has been posing serious health impacts. Wetlands aid as kidneys of the landscape and help in remediation through uptake of nutrients, heavy metals and other contaminants. The analyses of macrophytes and sediment samples help in evaluating pollution status in aquatic environment. In this study concentration of six heavy metals (Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), Lead (Pb) and Zinc (Zn)) were assessed in sediment and dominant macrophyte samples collected from Bellandur Lake, largest Lake of Bangalore, India...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156437/home-composting-using-different-ratios-of-bulking-agent-to-food-waste
#9
Lucas Lourenço Castiglioni Guidoni, Roger Vasques Marques, Rodrigo Bilhalva Moncks, Fabiana Torma Botelho, Matheus Francisco da Paz, Luciara Bilhalva Corrêa, Érico Kunde Corrêa
The negative environmental impacts associated with home composting may be due to the absence of a defined operation criteria for the degradation process. In addition to the potentially low environmental impact in terms of energy and water usage, which is minimal to the manufacture of the composting unit and avoiding the processing and transportation of waste or byproduct, composting at home can also promote a reduction in the emission of unpleasant gases. The proportion of the food waste and bulking agents in the composting mixture may be decisive to fulfill good practices of waste stabilization...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156436/impact-of-changes-in-labor-resources-and-transfers-of-land-use-rights-on-agricultural-non-point-source-pollution-in-jiangsu-province-china
#10
Hua Lu, Hualin Xie
This study systematically explores the likely mechanisms driving the effect of the transfer of agricultural land use rights (ALURs) on agricultural non-point source pollution (ANSP) in the context of changing agricultural labor resources. It quantitatively estimates the direction and degree of this influence from a microeconomic perspective using data from rural households. The results reveal that economies of scale caused by ALURs transfers contribute to reducing both the ANSP and marginal costs of inputs...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156435/more-than-a-to-b-understanding-and-managing-visitor-spatial-behaviour-in-urban-forests-using-public-participation-gis
#11
Silviya Korpilo, Tarmo Virtanen, Tiina Saukkonen, Susanna Lehvävirta
Planning and management needs up-to-date, easily-obtainable and accurate information on the spatial and social aspects of visitor behaviour in order to balance human use and impacts, and protection of natural resources in public parks. We used a web-based public participation GIS (PPGIS) approach to gather citizen data on visitor behaviour in Helsinki's Central Park in order to aid collaborative spatial decision-making. The study combined smartphone GPS tracking, route drawing and a questionnaire to examine differences between user groups in their use of formal trails, off-trail behaviour and the motivations that affect it...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156430/chromium-tolerance-bioaccumulation-and-localization-in-plants-an-overview
#12
REVIEW
Vibha Sinha, Kannan Pakshirajan, Rakhi Chaturvedi
In the current industrial scenario, chromium (Cr) as a metal is of great importance, but poses a major threat to the environment. Phytoremediation provides an environmentally sustainable, ecofriendly, cost effective approach for environmental cleanup of Cr. This review presents the current status of phytoremediation research with particular emphasis on cleanup of Cr contaminated soil and water systems. It gives a detailed account of the work done by different authors on the Cr bioavailability, uptake pathway, toxicity and storage in plants following the phytoextraction mechanism...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156429/kinetics-of-biogas-production-and-chemical-oxygen-demand-removal-from-compost-leachate-in-an-anaerobic-migrating-blanket-reactor
#13
Aliasghar Ebrahimi, Hassan Hashemi, Hadi Eslami, Reza Ali Fallahzadeh, Rasoul Khosravi, Roohollah Askari, Esmail Ghahramani
In this study, laboratory anaerobic migrating blanket reactor (AMBR) with four units was used to reduce and remove COD leachate of composting process; it was also used to determine the kinetic coefficients of COD removal and biogas and methane gas production in several different OLRs. The maximum concentration of organic matter entering the reactor was 100,000 mg/L and the reactor was under operation for 319 days. The results showed that the COD removal efficiency of AMBR in all concentrations of substrate entering the reactor was above 80%...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154012/quantification-of-flood-risk-mitigation-benefits-a-building-scale-damage-assessment-through-the-rasor-platform
#14
Chiara Arrighi, Lauro Rossi, Eva Trasforini, Roberto Rudari, Luca Ferraris, Marcello Brugioni, Serena Franceschini, Fabio Castelli
Flood risk mitigation usually requires a significant investment of public resources and cost-effectiveness should be ensured. The assessment of the benefits of hydraulic works requires the quantification of (i) flood risk in absence of measures, (ii) risk in presence of mitigation works, (iii) investments to achieve acceptable residual risk. In this work a building-scale is adopted to estimate direct tangible flood losses to several building classes (e.g. residential, industrial, commercial, etc.) and respective contents, exploiting various sources of public open data in a GIS environment...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154011/the-impact-of-regulatory-complexity-upon-self-regulation-evidence-from-the-adoption-and-certification-of-environmental-management-systems
#15
Pelin Demirel, Konstantinos Iatridis, Effie Kesidou
This article focuses on environmental management systems (EMS) and aims to enhance our understanding of the relationship between environmental state regulation and self-regulation. Unlike previous studies that treat state regulation as uni-dimensional and focus on externally certified forms of environmental self-regulation, this article takes a more nuanced approach. It looks at how direct and indirect state regulation and its stringency influence both non-certified in-house and externally certified adoption of EMS...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154004/influence-of-glass-wool-as-separator-on-bioelectricity-generation-in-a-constructed-wetland-microbial-fuel-cell
#16
Lei Xu, Yaqian Zhao, Cheng Tang, Liam Doherty
To figure out the impact of the separator on the electrical performance of the newly established constructed wetland-microbial fuel cell (CW-MFC), two parallel upflow CW-MFC systems, with and without glass wool (GW), were set up in this study. System performances in terms of bioelectricity production were monitored for more than 4 months. Results showed that the highest voltage was achieved in non-separator (NS) system (465.7 ± 4.2 mV with electrode spacing of 5 cm), which is 48.9% higher than the highest value generated in GW system (312 ± 7...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154003/tracing-the-role-of-endogenous-carbon-in-denitrification-using-wine-industry-by-product-as-an-external-electron-donor-coupling-isotopic-tools-with-mathematical-modeling
#17
R Carrey, P Rodríguez-Escales, A Soler, N Otero
Nitrate removal through enhanced biological denitrification (EBD), consisting of the inoculation of an external electron donor, is a feasible solution for the recovery of groundwater quality. In this context, liquid waste from wine industries (wine industry by-products, WIB) may be feasible for use as a reactant to enhance heterotrophic denitrification. To address the feasibility of WIB as electron donor to promote denitrification, as well as to evaluate the role of biomass as a secondary organic C source, a flow-through experiment was carried out...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154153/effects-of-temperature-and-hrt-on-performance-of-a-novel-insulated-anaerobic-filter-iaf-system-incorporated-with-the-waste-heat-input-for-building-wastewater-treatment
#18
Chalearn Bouted, Chavalit Ratanatamskul
Effects of temperature and hydraulic retention time (HRT) on the performance of the novel insulated anaerobic filter system (IAF) incorporated with the waste heat input in treating building wastewater were investigated. In this study, an electric heater was used to simulate the waste heat input from air conditioner to the IAF system. The wastewater was collected from an office building in Phitsanulok province, Thailand. The HRTs of IAF system were varied to 9, 18 and 27 h, whereas the water temperatures were raised from 30 °C to 35 °C, 40 °C and 45 °C by electric heating to the IAF tank with the covered insulator...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154152/a-mathematical-model-to-plan-for-long-term-effects-of-water-conservation-choices-on-dry-weather-wastewater-flows-and-concentrations
#19
Lauren M Cook, Constantine Samaras, Jeanne M VanBriesen
In many cities, sewer systems are experiencing conditions that are significantly different from those for which they were designed. Factors such as water conservation efforts, changes in population, and efforts to reduce infiltration are altering the quantity and quality of sewage. These changes may affect the ability of sewers to maintain self-cleansing velocities, which are crucial to avoiding solids settling and corrosion issues. Further, such changes may alter the timeline for expected wastewater plant expansion...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154010/combined-strategy-for-removal-of-reactive-black-5-by-biomass-sorption-on-macrocystis-pyrifera-and-zerovalent-iron-nanoparticles
#20
Fabiana E García, Josefina Plaza-Cazón, V Nahuel Montesinos, Edgardo R Donati, Marta I Litter
Reactive Black 5, RB5, has been used as a model azo dye to evaluate the removal efficiency of sorption on Macrocystis pyrifera biomass (Mpyr) and commercial zerovalent iron nanoparticles (nZVI) in individual and combined treatments. The best conditions for the treatment with the isolated materials were first determined, and then, in series and combined treatments were performed under these conditions, achieving removal efficiencies higher than 80% of the initial dye concentration. Strengths and weaknesses of all removal strategies (individual, in series and combined) are analyzed regarding the application on real effluents...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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