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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527425/effects-of-the-summer-holiday-season-on-uv-filter-and-illicit-drug-concentrations-in-the-korean-wastewater-system-and-aquatic-environment
#1
Ki Yong Kim, Kalu Ibe Ekpeghere, Hee-Jin Jeong, Jeong-Eun Oh
Seasonal variations in the concentrations of eight ultraviolet (UV) filters and 22 illicit drugs including their metabolites in the Korean aquatic environment were investigated. Seawater samples from three beaches, water samples from two rivers, and influents and effluents from three wastewater treatment plants were analyzed. The UV filter concentrations in the seawater, river water, and effluent samples were 39.4-296, 35.4-117, and 6.84-51.1 ng L(-1), respectively. The total UV filter concentrations in the seawater samples were 1...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527324/source-characterization-of-urban-particles-from-meat-smoking-activities-in-chongqing-china-using-single-particle-aerosol-mass-spectrometry
#2
Yang Chen, John C Wenger, Fumo Yang, Junji Cao, Rujin Huang, Guangming Shi, Shumin Zhang, Mi Tian, Huanbo Wang
A Single Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SPAMS) was deployed in the urban area of Chongqing to characterize the particles present during a severe particulate pollution event that occurred in winter 2014-2015. The measurements were made at a time when residents engaged in traditional outdoor meat smoking activities to preserve meat before the Chinese Spring Festival. The measurement period was predominantly characterized by stagnant weather conditions, highly elevated levels of PM2.5, and low visibility...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527323/revealing-the-ability-of-a-novel-polysaccharide-bioflocculant-in-bioremediation-of-heavy-metals-sensed-in-a-vibrio-bioluminescence-reporter-assay
#3
Arya Sajayan, G Seghal Kiran, S Priyadharshini, Navya Poulose, Joseph Selvin
A bioflocculant-producing bacterial strain, designated MSI021, was isolated from the marine sponge Dendrilla nigra and demonstrated 94% flocculation activity in a kaolin clay suspension. MSI021 was identified as Bacillus cereus based on phylogenetic affiliation and biochemical characteristics. The purified extra-cellular bioflocculant was chemically elucidated as a polysaccharide molecule. The polysaccharide bioflocculant was stable under both acidic and alkaline conditions (pH 2.0-10.0) and temperatures up to 100 °C...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527322/arsenic-biotransformation-by-a-cyanobacterium-nostoc-sp-pcc-7120
#4
Xi-Mei Xue, Yu Yan, Chan Xiong, Georg Raber, Kevin Francesconi, Ting Pan, Jun Ye, Yong-Guan Zhu
Nostoc sp. PCC 7120 (Nostoc), a typical filamentous cyanobacterium ubiquitous in aquatic system, is recognized as a model organism to study prokaryotic cell differentiation and nitrogen fixation. In this study, Nostoc cells incubated with arsenite (As(III)) for two weeks were extracted with dichloromethane/methanol (DCM/MeOH) and the extract was partitioned between water and DCM. Arsenic species in aqueous and DCM layers were determined using high performance liquid chromatography - inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer/electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICPMS/ESIMSMS)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527321/short-term-exposure-to-gold-nanoparticle-suspension-impairs-swimming-behavior-in-a-widespread-calanoid-copepod
#5
François-Gaël Michalec, Markus Holzner, Alexandre Barras, Anne-Sophie Lacoste, Loïc Brunet, Jae-Seong Lee, Christian Slomianny, Rabah Boukherroub, Sami Souissi
Calanoid copepods play an important role in the functioning of marine and brackish ecosystems. Information is scarce on the behavioral toxicity of engineered nanoparticles to these abundant planktonic organisms. We assessed the effects of short-term exposure to nonfunctionalized gold nanoparticles on the swimming behavior of the widespread estuarine copepod Eurytemora affinis. By means of three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry, we reconstructed the trajectories of males, ovigerous and non-ovigerous females...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525787/metals-in-the-scheldt-estuary-from-environmental-concentrations-to-bioaccumulation
#6
Evy Van Ael, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
To investigate the relationship between metal concentrations in abiotic compartments and in aquatic species, sediment, suspended matter and several aquatic species (Polychaeta, Oligochaeta, four crustacean species, three mollusc species and eight fish species) were collected during three seasons at six locations along the Scheldt estuary (the Netherlands-Belgium) and analysed on their metal content (Ag, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn and the metalloid As). Sediment and biota tissue concentrations were significantly influenced by sampling location, but not by season...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525786/steroid-bioaccumulation-profiles-in-typical-freshwater-aquaculture-environments-of-south-china-and-their-human-health-risks-via-fish-consumption
#7
Shan Liu, Xiang-Rong Xu, Zhan-Hui Qi, Hui Chen, Qin-Wei Hao, Yong-Xia Hu, Jian-Liang Zhao, Guang-Guo Ying
More attention was previously paid to adverse effects of steroids on aquatic organisms and their ecological risks to the aquatic environment. So far, little information has been reported on the bioaccumulative characteristics of different classes of steroids in cultured fish tissues. The present study for the first time provided a comprehensive analysis of the occurrence, bioaccumulation, and global consumers' health risks via fish consumption of androgens, glucocorticoids and progestanges in typical freshwater cultured farms in South China...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511039/occurrence-composition-source-and-regional-distribution-of-halogenated-flame-retardants-and-polybrominated-dibenzo-p-dioxin-dibenzofuran-in-the-soils-of-guiyu-china
#8
Pengjun Xu, Bu Tao, Zhiguang Zhou, Shuang Fan, Ting Zhang, Aimin Liu, Shuping Dong, Jingli Yuan, Hong Li, Jiping Chen, Yeru Huang
Guiyu, China, is well-known for the crude disposal of electronic waste (EW) and severe persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Therefore, in this study, the occurrence, composition, and source of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexabromobiphenyl (BB153), some novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs), Dechlorane Plus (DP) and polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans (PBDD/Fs) in farmland soils covering Guiyu were studied. In EW disposal area soils, PBDEs were the most abundant FRs, with concentrations of 13-1014 ng g(-1)...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511038/attributable-risks-of-emergency-hospital-visits-due-to-air-pollutants-in-china-a-multi-city-study
#9
Gongbo Chen, Yongming Zhang, Wenyi Zhang, Shanshan Li, Gail Williams, Guy B Marks, Bin Jalaludin, Michael J Abramson, Fengming Luo, Dong Yang, Xin Su, Qichang Lin, Laiyu Liu, Jiangtao Lin, Yuming Guo
Air pollution is associated with risks of mortality in China, but the evidence is still limited for morbidity. This study aims to examine overall effects of ambient air pollutants on emergency hospital visits (EHVs) at the national level in China and calculate corresponding attributable risks. We collected daily data for EHVs from 33 largest hospitals in China between Oct 2013 and Dec 2014, as well as daily measurements of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5: particles with aerodynamic diameter < 10 μm and 2...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511037/role-of-ph-and-ionic-strength-in-the-aggregation-of-tio2-nanoparticles-in-the-presence-of-extracellular-polymeric-substances-from-bacillus-subtilis
#10
Di Lin, S Drew Story, Sharon L Walker, Qiaoyun Huang, Wei Liang, Peng Cai
Increased use of commercial titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) in consumer products most likely leads to their additional environmental release. Aggregation and disaggregation processes are expected to play an important role in the fate and transport of TiO2 NPs in natural aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, in this work, we have studied the colloidal stability of TiO2 NPs in the presence of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from Bacillus subtilis and the adsorption behavior of EPS on TiO2 NPs in aqueous solutions at different pH values and ionic strengths (IS)...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505588/hydroxylated-2-ethylhexyl-tetrabromobenzoate-isomers-in-house-dust-and-their-agonistic-potencies-with-several-nuclear-receptors
#11
Hui Peng, Jianxian Sun, David M V Saunders, Garry Codling, Steve Wiseman, Paul D Jones, John P Giesy
In the current study, by combining ultra-high resolution (UHR) MS(1) spectra, MS(2) spectra, and derivatization, three hydroxylated isomers of 2-ethylhexyl tetrabromobenzoate (OH-TBB) were identified in Firemaster(®) 550 and BZ-54 technical products. Also, a new LC-UHRMS method, using atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI), was developed for simultaneous analysis of OH-TBB, TBB, hydroxylated bis(2-ethylhexyl)-tetrabromophthalate (OH-TBPH) and TBPH in 23 samples of dust collected from houses in Saskatoon, SK, Canada...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505513/polyfluoroalkyl-substance-exposure-in-the-mid-ohio-river-valley-1991-2012
#12
Robert L Herrick, Jeanette Buckholz, Frank M Biro, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Changchun Xie, Susan M Pinney
BACKGROUND: Industrial discharges of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to the Ohio River, contaminating water systems near Parkersburg, WV, were previously associated with nearby residents' serum PFOA concentrations above US general population medians. Ohio River PFOA concentrations downstream are elevated, suggesting Mid-Ohio River Valley residents are exposed through drinking water. OBJECTIVES: Quantify PFOA and 10 other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Mid-Ohio River Valley resident sera collected between 1991 and 2013 and determine whether the Ohio River and Ohio River Aquifer are exposure sources...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505512/identifying-the-impacts-of-climate-on-the-regional-transport-of-haze-pollution-and-inter-cities-correspondence-within-the-yangtze-river-delta
#13
Hang Xiao, Zhongwen Huang, Jingjing Zhang, Huiling Zhang, Jinsheng Chen, Han Zhang, Lei Tong
Regional haze pollution has become an important environmental issue in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region. Regional transport and inter-influence of PM2.5 among cities occurs frequently as a result of the subtropical monsoon climate. Backward trajectory statistics indicated that a north wind prevailed from October to March, while a southeast wind predominated from May to September. The temporal relationships of carbon and nitrogen isotopes among cities were dependent on the prevailing wind direction. Regional PM2...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501771/mechanisms-of-efficient-as-solubilization-in-soils-and-as-accumulation-by-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata
#14
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Yong-He Han, Xue Liu, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Hong-Bo Li, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Arsenic (As) in soils is of major environmental concern due to its ubiquity and carcinogenicity. Pteris vittata (Chinese brake fern) is the first known As-hyperaccumulator, which is highly efficient in extracting As from soils and translocating it to the fronds, making it possible to be used for phytoremediation of As-contaminated soils. In addition, P. vittata has served as a model plant to study As metabolisms in plants. Based on the recent advances, we reviewed the mechanisms of efficient As solubilization and transformation in rhizosphere soils of P...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501770/effect-of-limestone-lignite-and-biochar-applied-alone-and-combined-on-cadmium-uptake-in-wheat-and-rice-under-rotation-in-an-effluent-irrigated-field
#15
Muhammad Zia Ur Rehman, Hinnan Khalid, Fatima Akmal, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Usman Khalid, Muhammad Azhar
Cadmium (Cd) uptake and accumulation in crop plants, especially in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and rice (Oryza sativa) is one of the main concerns for food security worldwide. A field experiment was done to investigate the effects of limestone, lignite, and biochar on growth, physiology and Cd uptake in wheat and rice under rotation irrigated with raw effluents. Initially, each treatment was applied alone at 0.1% and combined at 0.05% each and wheat was grown in the field and then, after wheat harvesting, rice was grown in the same field without additional application of amendments...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501769/dietary-exposure-assessment-for-arsenic-and-mercury-following-submarine-tailings-placement-in-ratatotok-sub-district-north-sulawesi-indonesia
#16
Keith Bentley, Amin Soebandrio
The Mesel gold mine in the Ratatotok Sub-district operated between 1996 and 2004 with tailings disposal via an engineered submarine tailings placement (STP) into Buyat Bay. This operation raised concerns of increased levels of arsenic (As) and mercury (Hg) associated disease in the local communities from consumption of seafood contaminated with anthropogenic As and Hg. This report uses the dietary exposure to As and Hg, from local fishermen and market-purchased Codex "as consumed" and environmental fish results from the pre-mining baseline (1990-1995), the mine operational (1996-2004) and post-closure monitoring (2007-2016) to examine the potential health effects...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501768/association-between-chinese-cooking-oil-fumes-and-sleep-quality-among-a-middle-aged-chinese-population
#17
Fu Wei, Guanghui Nie, Bo Zhou, Liang Wang, Yifei Ma, Suwan Peng, Songfeng Ou, Jian Qin, Li'e Zhang, Shu Li, Ruosi Zou, Xiaoyun Zeng, Zhiyong Zhang, Yunfeng Zou
Poor sleep quality is an important symptom of many medical or psychiatric disorders. However, the impact of cooking oil fumes (COFs) on sleep quality has not been studied. This population-based cross-sectional study was conducted to examine the association between COFs of Chinese household cooking and sleep quality. Individual sleep quality assessment was completed in 2197 participants with an average age of 37.52 years, through Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Information about their cooking practice were also collected by self-reported questionnaire...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501633/atmospheric-mercury-deposition-to-forests-in-the-eastern-usa
#18
Martin R Risch, John F DeWild, David A Gay, Leiming Zhang, Elizabeth W Boyer, David P Krabbenhoft
Atmospheric mercury (Hg) deposition to forests is important because half of the land cover in the eastern USA is forest. Mercury was measured in autumn litterfall and weekly precipitation samples at a total of 27 National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) monitoring sites in deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous forests in 16 states in the eastern USA during 2007-2014. These simultaneous, uniform, repeated, annual measurements of forest Hg include the broadest area and longest time frame to date. The autumn litterfall-Hg concentrations and litterfall mass at the study sites each year were combined with annual precipitation-Hg data...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501632/high-levels-of-maternally-transferred-mercury-disrupt-magnetic-responses-of-snapping-turtle-hatchlings-chelydra-serpentina
#19
Lukas Landler, Michael S Painter, Brittney Hopkins Coe, Paul W Youmans, William A Hopkins, John B Phillips
The Earth's magnetic field is involved in spatial behaviours ranging from long-distance migration to non-goal directed behaviours, such as spontaneous magnetic alignment (SMA). Mercury is a harmful pollutant most often generated from anthropogenic sources that can bio-accumulate in animal tissue over a lifetime. We compared SMA of hatchling snapping turtles from mothers captured at reference (i.e., low mercury) and mercury contaminated sites. Reference turtles showed radio frequency-dependent SMA along the north-south axis, consistent with previous studies of SMA, while turtles with high levels of maternally inherited mercury failed to show consistent magnetic alignment...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501319/association-of-pyrethroids-exposure-with-onset-of-puberty-in-chinese-girls
#20
Xiaoqing Ye, Wuye Pan, Yuehao Zhao, Shilin Zhao, Yimin Zhu, Weiping Liu, Jing Liu
Pyrethroids, a class of ubiquitous insecticides, have been considered as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Female animal studies suggested that early-life pyrethroids exposure might delay puberty onset. However, it remains unclear whether this association applies to human populations. A total of 305 girls at the ages of 9-15 years old were recruited in Hangzhou, China in this study. The concentration of the common metabolite of pyrethroids, 3-phenoxybenzoic acid (3-PBA), was analyzed in urine samples to reflect the exposure level of pyrethroids...
May 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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