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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337629/an-innovative-application-of-extended-exergy-analysis-into-an-industrial-park
#1
Yupeng Fan, Qi Qiao, Lin Fang
Exergy is a thermodynamic term used to account all possible useful work theoretically throughout one process when it is brought into equilibrium with its environment. It however cannot directly incorporate non-physical flows, which can be accounted by extensions of the exergy consumption method. Extended exergy, which builds a bridge between thermal and anthropic dimensions, can both measure resource consumption and economic system. In this study, we applied extended exergy analysis to analyze an industrial park, including material consumption, social investment, and environmental influence...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337628/study-of-plasma-off-gas-treatment-from-spent-ion-exchange-resin-pyrolysis
#2
Hernán Ariel Castro, Vittorio Luca, Hugo Luis Banchi
Polystyrene divinylbenzene-based ion exchange resins are employed extensively within nuclear power plants (NPPs) and research reactors for purification and chemical control of the cooling water system. To maintain the highest possible water quality, the resins are regularly replaced as they become contaminated with a range of isotopes derived from compromised fuel elements as well as corrosion and activation products including (14)C, (60)Co, (90)Sr, (129)I, and (137)Cs. Such spent resins constitute a major proportion (in volume terms) of the solid radioactive waste generated by the nuclear industry...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337627/biological-impacts-of-local-vs-regional-land-use-on-a-small-tributary-of-the-seine-river-france-insights-from-a-food-web-approach-based-on-stable-isotopes
#3
Nicolas Hette-Tronquart, Thierry Oberdorff, Evelyne Tales, Amandine Zahm, Jérôme Belliard
As part of the landscape, streams are influenced by land use. Here, we contributed to the understanding of the biological impacts of land use on streams, investigating how landscape effects vary with spatial scales (local vs. regional). We adopted a food web approach integrating both biological structure and functioning, to focus on the overall effect of land use on stream biocœnosis. We selected 17 sites of a small tributary of the Seine River (France) for their contrasted land use, and conducted a natural experiment by sampling three organic matter sources, three macroinvertebrate taxa, and most of the fish community...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337626/application-of-a-novel-magnetic-carbon-nanotube-adsorbent-for-removal-of-mercury-from-aqueous-solutions
#4
Farshid Homayoon, Hossein Faghihian, Firoozeh Torki
In this research, multiwall carbon nanotube was magnetized and subsequently functionalized by thiosemicarbazide. After characterization by FTIR, BET, SEM, EDAX, and VSM techniques, the magnetized adsorbent (multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/Fe3O4) was used for removal of Hg(2+) from aqueous solutions and the experimental conditions were optimized. The adsorption capacity of 172.83 mg g(-1) was obtained at 25 °C and pH = 3 which was superior to the value obtained for initial multiwall carbon nanotube, magnetized sample, and many previously reported values...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337625/using-fluorescent-dyes-as-proxies-to-study-herbicide-removal-by-sorption-in-buffer-zones
#5
Jeanne Dollinger, Cécile Dagès, Marc Voltz
The performance of buffer zones for removing pesticides from runoff water varies greatly according to landscape settings, hydraulic regime, and system design. Evaluating the performance of buffers for a range of pesticides and environmental conditions can be very expensive. Recent studies suggested that the fluorescent dyes uranine and sulforhodamine B could be used as cost-effective surrogates of herbicides to evaluate buffer performance. However, while transformation mechanisms in buffers have been extensively documented, sorption processes of both dyes have rarely been investigated...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337624/geochemical-behavior-of-ultramafic-waste-rocks-with-carbon-sequestration-potential-a-case-study-of-the-dumont-nickel-project-amos-qu%C3%A3-bec
#6
El Hadji Babacar Kandji, Benoit Plante, Bruno Bussière, Georges Beaudoin, Pierre-Philippe Dupont
The geochemical behavior of ultramafic waste rocks and the effect of carbon sequestration by these waste rocks on the water drainage quality were investigated using laboratory-scale kinetic column tests on samples from the Dumont Nickel Project (RNC Minerals, QC, Canada). The test results demonstrated that atmospheric CO2 dissolution induced the weathering of serpentine and brucite within the ultramafic rocks, generating high concentrations of Mg and HCO3(-) with pH values ranging between 9 and 10 in the leachates that promote the precipitation of secondary Mg carbonates...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337623/erratum-to-isotherm-kinetic-and-thermodynamic-study-of-ciprofloxacin-sorption-on-sediments
#7
Dragana Mutavdžić Pavlović, Lidija Ćurković, Ivana Grčić, Iva Šimić, Josip Župan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332087/boswellia-ovalifoliolata-burseraceae-essential-oil-as-an-eco-friendly-larvicide-toxicity-against-six-mosquito-vectors-of-public-health-importance-non-target-mosquito-fishes-backswimmers-and-water-bugs
#8
Giovanni Benelli, Mohan Rajeswary, Periasamy Vijayan, Sengamalai Senthilmurugan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Marimuthu Govindarajan
The use of synthetic pesticides to control vector populations is detrimental to human health and the environment and may lead to the development of resistant strains. Plants can be alternative sources of safer compounds effective on mosquito vectors. In this study, the mosquito larvicidal activity of Boswellia ovalifoliolata leaf essential oil (EO) was evaluated against Anopheles stephensi, Anopheles subpictus, Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Culex quinquefasciatus, and Culex tritaeniorhynchus. GC-MS revealed that the B...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332086/reducing-nitrogen-losses-through-ammonia-volatilization-and-surface-runoff-to-improve-apparent-nitrogen-recovery-of-double-cropping-of-late-rice-using-controlled-release-urea
#9
Pengfei Li, Jianwei Lu, Wenfeng Hou, Yonghui Pan, Yang Wang, Muhammad Rizwan Khan, Tao Ren, Rihuan Cong, Xiaokun Li
Controlled release fertilizer can reduce nitrogen losses to the environment while increasing grain yield and improving apparent nitrogen recovery (ANR) of rice. However, few studies have evaluated the comparative efficacy of different polymer-coated urea products on nitrogen (N) losses, ANR, and N uptake of rice. A 2-year field experiment was conducted to compare the effects of three different types of polymer-coated urea fertilizer on nitrogen losses through NH3 volatilization and surface runoff to the environment, ANR, grain yield, and N uptake as compared to conventional urea of rice...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332085/low-level-arsenic-causes-chronic-inflammation-and-suppresses-expression-of-phagocytic-receptors
#10
Priyanka Prasad, Dona Sinha
The impact of chronic low-level groundwater arsenic (As) exposure [in the range above the WHO-recommended limit of 10 g/L but ≤50 μg/L (permissible limit of As for many Asian countries)] was investigated for cross talk of inflammatory changes and expression of phagocytic receptors of exposed rural women (N, 45) from districts of 24 Parganas (south) and in matched control groups (N, 43) [As ≤10 μg/L] from the same district. Systemic inflammation was evident from the upregulated levels of pro-inflammatory mediators like tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α); interleukins (ILs) like IL-6, IL-8, and IL-12; and C-reactive protein (CRP) in the sera and upregulated expression of protein kinase B phosphorylated at ser473 (pAKTser473)/nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)/TNF-α axis in the leukocytes of exposed women with respect to control...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332084/molecularly-imprinted-membranes-mims-for-selective-removal-of-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-environmental-waters-fabrication-and-characterization
#11
Dennis S Mkhize, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Laura P Quinn, Bhekie B Mamba, Titus A M Msagati
Molecularly imprinted membranes (MIMs) with selective removal properties for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were prepared through the phase inversion technique. The MIMs were obtained from casting the viscous solutions of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), polysulfone (PSf), and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) as the casting solvent. Different membranes were prepared at different concentration of MIPs and PSf. The resulting MIMs were characterized by atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326484/genome-wide-transcriptional-analysis-of-cardiovascular-related-genes-and-pathways-induced-by-pm2-5-in-human-myocardial-cells
#12
Lin Feng, Xiaozhe Yang, Collins Otieno Asweto, Jing Wu, Yannan Zhang, Hejing Hu, Yanfeng Shi, Junchao Duan, Zhiwei Sun
Air pollution has been a major environment-related health threat. Most of the studies on PM2.5 toxicity have verified on the cardiovascular system and endothelial cells. However, researches on PM2.5-induced myocardial-related toxicity are limited. This study aims to fully understand the toxic effects of PM2.5 on human myocardial cell (AC16) and explore its molecular mechanism based on microarray analysis and bioinformatics analysis. Microarray data analysis manifested that PM2.5-induced toxicity affected expression of 472 genes compared with the control group, including 166 upregulated genes and 306 downregulated genes in human myocardial (AC16) cells...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326483/assessment-of-sperm-quality-in-palaemonid-prawns-using-comet-assay-methodological-optimization
#13
Alexandre Erraud, Marc Bonnard, Aurélie Duflot, Alain Geffard, Jean-Michel Danger, Joëlle Forget-Leray, Benoît Xuereb
The aim of this study was to adapt the Comet assay in spermatozoa of the marine prawn Palaemon serratus to use it as a marker of sperm quality. Indeed, due to the characteristics of their spermatozoa, the measurement of DNA integrity is one of the few markers which can be transferred to crustaceans to assess the quality of their semen. In the first step, the methods of collecting and maintaining spermatozoa were optimized. Cell survival was estimated during kinetics of preservation (i.e. 1, 2, 4 and 8 h) in various suspension media to define artificial seawater (ASW) as optimal...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324259/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-seeds-against-spermatocyte-chromosomal-aberrations-and-genotoxicity-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-mice
#14
Ashraf M Abdel-Moneim, Amina E Essawy, Sherifa S Hamed, Ashgan A Abou-Gabal, Aglal A Alzergy
Nigella sativa is a well-known dietary antioxidant and a valuable inhibitor of clastogenesis and carcinogenesis. The purpose of the present work was to investigate the effects of N. sativa seeds against chromosomal aberrations in primary spermatocytes and early embryonic lethality induced by CCl4 hepatotoxin in Swiss albino mice. One hundred male Swiss albino mice were randomly divided into five groups. Groups I, II, and III received only normal saline, olive oil, and aqueous suspension of N. sativa seeds (50 mg/kg b...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324258/optimizing-irrigation-and-nitrogen-for-wheat-through-empirical-modeling-under-semi-arid-environment
#15
Umer Saeed, Syed Aftab Wajid, Tasneem Khaliq, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Nitrogen fertilizer availability to plants is strongly linked with water availability. Excessive or insufficient use of nitrogen can cause reduction in grain yield of wheat and environmental issues. The per capita per annum water availability in Pakistan has reduced to less than 1000 m(3) and is expected to reach 800 m(3) during 2025. Irrigating crops with 3 or more than 3 in. of depth without measuring volume of water is not a feasible option anymore. Water productivity and economic return of grain yield can be improved by efficient management of water and nitrogen fertilizer...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324257/decolorization-of-complex-dyes-and-textile-effluent-by-extracellular-enzymes-of-cyathus-bulleri-cultivated-on-agro-residues-domestic-wastes-and-proposed-pathway-of-degradation-of-kiton-blue-a-and-reactive-orange-16
#16
Arpita Vats, Saroj Mishra
In this study, the white-rot fungus Cyathus bulleri was cultivated on low-cost agro-residues, namely wheat bran (WB), wheat straw (WS), and domestic waste orange peel (OP) for production of ligninolytic enzymes. Of the three substrates, WB and OP served as good materials for the production of laccase with no requirement of additional carbon or nitrogen source. Specific laccase activity of 94.4 U mg(-1) extracellular protein and 21.01 U mg(-1) protein was obtained on WB and OP, respectively. Maximum decolorization rate of 13...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324256/legacy-effects-of-simulated-short-term-climate-change-on-ammonia-oxidisers-denitrifiers-and-nitrous-oxide-emissions-in-an-acid-soil
#17
Xiaoya Xu, Xiaorui Liu, Yong Li, Yu Ran, Yapeng Liu, Qichun Zhang, Zheng Li, Yan He, Jianming Xu, Hongjie Di
Although the effect of simulated climate change on nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and on associated microbial communities has been reported, it is not well understood if these effects are short-lived or long-lasting. Here, we conducted a field study to determine the interactive effects of simulated warmer and drier conditions on nitrifier and denitrifier communities and N2O emissions in an acidic soil and the longevity of the effects. A warmer (+2.3 °C) and drier climate (-7.4% soil moisture content) was created with greenhouses...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324255/can-red-deer-antlers-be-used-as-an-indicator-of-environmental-and-edible-tissues-trace-element-contamination
#18
Aleksandra Giżejewska, Józef Szkoda, Agnieszka Nawrocka, Jan Żmudzki, Zygmunt Giżejewski
Venison is an attractive product for consumers concerned with healthy lifestyle; however, it can contain high levels of toxic elements, and therefore, it is a possible source of hazardous contaminants in human diet. Antlers are suitable bioindicators of environmental metal contamination, and herein, we assessed the ability of trace element levels in antlers to indicate levels in edible soft tissues. We determined the concentrations of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), arsenic (As), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and iron (Fe) in the liver, kidney, muscle, and antlers of 14 free-ranging red deer (Cervus elaphus) from northeastern Poland using atomic absorption spectrometry...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324254/pilot-testing-model-to-uncover-industrial-symbiosis-in-brazilian-industrial-clusters
#19
Adriana Valélia Saraceni, Luis Mauricio Resende, Pedro Paulo de Andrade Júnior, Joseane Pontes
The main objective of this study was to create a pilot model to uncover industrial symbiosis practices in Brazilian industrial clusters. For this purpose, a systematic revision was conducted in journals selected from two categories of the ISI Web of Knowledge: Engineering, Environmental and Engineering, Industrial. After an in-depth revision of literature, results allowed the creation of an analysis structure. A methodology based on fuzzy logic was applied and used to attribute the weights of industrial symbiosis variables...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324253/the-relationship-between-mineral-contents-particle-matter-and-bottom-ash-distribution-during-pellet-combustion-molar-balance-and-chemometric-analysis
#20
Mejdi Jeguirim, Nesrine Kraiem, Marzouk Lajili, Chamseddine Guizani, Antonis Zorpas, Yann Leva, Laure Michelin, Ludovic Josien, Lionel Limousy
This paper aims to identify the correlation between the mineral contents in agropellets and particle matter and bottom ash characteristics during combustion in domestic boilers. Four agrifood residues with higher mineral contents, namely grape marc (GM), tomato waste (TW), exhausted olive mill solid waste (EOMSW) and olive mill wastewater (OMWW), were selected. Then, seven different pellets were produced from pure residues or their mixture and blending with sawdust. The physico-chemical properties of the produced pellets were analysed using different analytical techniques, and a particular attention was paid to their mineral contents...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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