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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812184/ozone-generated-by-air-purifier-in-low-concentrations-friend-or-foe
#1
Larissa Vivan Cestonaro, Ana Maria Marcolan, Luciana Grazziotin Rossato-Grando, Ana Paula Anzolin, Gabriela Goethel, Angélica Vilani, Solange Cristina Garcia, Charise Dallazem Bertol
Ozone helps decontamination environments due to its oxidative power, however present toxicity when it is in high concentrations, by long periods of exposition. This study aimed to assess the safety of ozone generator air purifier at concentrations of 0.05 ppm in rats exposed to 3 and 24 h/day for 14 and 28 days. No significant differences are observed between groups in clinical signs, feed and water intake, relative body weight gain and relative weight of organs, macroscopy and microscopy of lungs, and oxidative plasma assay...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812288/effect-of-step-feeding-on-the-performance-of-lab-scale-columns-simulating-vertical-flow-horizontal-flow-constructed-wetlands
#2
Verónica Torrijos, Isabel Ruiz, Manuel Soto
The effect of step-feeding (untreated wastewater by-pass) on the performance of lab-scale columns simulating a hybrid vertical flow (VF)-horizontal flow (HF) constructed wetland (CW) system was studied. Step-feeding strategies have been adopted in several kinds of CW, but this is the first report about the use of step-feeding in VF + HF hybrid systems treating domestic wastewater. Applied loading rates were 7-11 g BOD5/m(2) day and 2.1-3.4 g TN/m(2) day (overall system). Removal efficiency reached 98% TSS and COD and 99% BOD5 on average, whilst a 50% by-pass improved TN removal from 31 to 50%...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812243/a-two-stage-predictive-model-to-simultaneous-control-of-trihalomethanes-in-water-treatment-plants-and-distribution-systems-adaptability-to-treatment-processes
#3
Antonio Domínguez-Tello, Ana Arias-Borrego, Tamara García-Barrera, José Luis Gómez-Ariza
The trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and others disinfection by-products (DBPs) are formed in drinking water by the reaction of chlorine with organic precursors contained in the source water, in two consecutive and linked stages, that starts at the treatment plant and continues in second stage along the distribution system (DS) by reaction of residual chlorine with organic precursors not removed. Following this approach, this study aimed at developing a two-stage empirical model for predicting the formation of TTHMs in the water treatment plant and subsequently their evolution along the water distribution system (WDS)...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812200/dust-emission-and-dispersion-from-mineral-storage-piles
#4
Andrea Romeo, Laura Capelli, Selena Sironi, Giuseppe Nano, Renato Rota, Valentina Busini
Dust pollution is a complex problem of growing interest because of its environmental, health, economic and political impact. Environmental impact assessment methods for dust pollution management are often based on the simulation of dust dispersion, which requires a precise characterization of the source term and of the source parameters. The source term model should be as simple and as accurate as possible and requires low time consumption in order to be easily connected to a more complex algorithm for the dispersion calculations...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812195/design-and-evaluation-of-a-compact-photocatalytic-reactor-for-water-treatment
#5
Marko Kete, Olena Pliekhova, Lev Matoh, Urška Lavrenčič Štangar
A compact reactor for photocatalytic oxidation and photocatalytic ozonation water treatment was developed and evaluated by using four model pollutants. Additionally, combinations of pollutants were evaluated. Specially produced Al2O3 porous reticulated monolith foams served as TiO2 carriers, offering a high surface area support. UV lamps were placed in the interior to achieve reduced dimensions of the reactor (12 cm in diameter × 20 cm in height). Despite its small size, the overall photocatalytic cleaning capacity was substantial...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808879/influence-of-ignited-sediments-on-external-phosphorus-adsorption-and-sedimentary-phosphorus-forms
#6
PeiYing Zhu, DaPeng Li, Yong Huang, Yong Li
Phosphorus (P) adsorpted by sediments, when covered by and mixed with ignited sediments from Meiliang Bay in Tai Lake, was analyzed in the laboratory. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4) was added to the parallel experimental units to simulate periodic external P input. Based on the Langmuir model, the sediments after ignition had a greater Smax (maximum P adsorption), a lower equilibrium phosphorus concentration at zero adsorption (EPC0), and a lower degree of phosphorus saturation in comparison with sediments without ignition...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808870/chest-circumference-and-birth-weight-are-good-predictors-of-lung-function-in-preschool-children-from-an-e-waste-recycling-area
#7
Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, Yuling Zhang, Weiqiu Li, Xia Huo
The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between birth weight, chest circumference, and lung function in preschool children from e-waste exposure area. A total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (an e-waste recycling area) and Haojiang and Xiashan (the reference areas) in China were recruited and required to undergo physical examination, blood tests, and lung function tests during the study period. Birth outcome such as birth weight and birth height were obtained by questionnaire. Children living in the e-waste-exposed area have a lower birth weight, chest circumference, height, and lung function when compare to their peers from the reference areas (all p value <0...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808954/heavy-metal-pollutants-in-selected-organs-of-african-giant-rats-from-three-agro-ecological-zones-of-nigeria-evidence-for-their-role-as-an-environmental-specimen-bank
#8
Ifukibot Levi Usende, Benjamin O Emikpe, James Olukayode Olopade
An assessment of the concentration of heavy metals in the liver, brain, kidney, bone, and lungs of African giant rats (AGRs) from three agro-ecological zones of Nigeria having different industrial activities was carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Twenty adult AGRs from cities in mangrove/freshwater swamp, rainforest, and woodland/tall grass savanna agro-ecological zones of Nigeria were used for this study. AGRs were euthanized, carefully dissected, and the brains, liver, lungs, bone, and kidneys were harvested, digested, and analyzed for concentrations of vanadium (V), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), copper (Cu), and iron (Fe)...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808862/a-pilot-study-comparing-t-regulatory-cell-function-among-healthy-children-in-different-areas-of-gansu-china
#9
Panhong Gou, Xiaoru Chang, Zhonghui Ye, Yueli Yao, Patton Khuu Nguyen, Sally Katharine Hammond, Junling Wang, Sa Liu
Immune system is critical to protecting human health from toxic substances. Our previously published research had found an important link between polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in ambient air and changes at the DNA level in immune cells that led to impaired function of regulatory T (Treg) cells in children living in California, USA. But molecular and cellular pathways of these changes remain unclear. The present study aims to explore whether exposure to PAHs leads to changes in Treg cells functions of children living in Gansu, China, where ambient air pollution levels are much higher than those in California, and to explore potential mechanisms of PAH-induced immunological dysfunctions...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808854/assessing-landscape-and-contaminant-point-sources-as-spatial-determinants-of-water-quality-in-the-vermilion-river-system-ontario-canada
#10
Carrie Strangway, Michelle F Bowman, Andrea E Kirkwood
The Vermilion River and major tributaries (VRMT) are located in the Vermilion watershed (4272 km(2)) in north-central Ontario, Canada. This watershed not only is dominated by natural land-cover but also has a legacy of mining and other development activities. The VRMT receive various point (e.g., sewage effluent) and non-point (e.g., mining activity runoff) inputs, in addition to flow regulation features. Further development in the Vermilion watershed has been proposed, raising concerns about cumulative impacts to ecosystem health in the VRMT...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808853/physicochemical-and-adsorptive-characteristics-of-activated-carbons-from-waste-polyester-textiles-utilizing-mgo-template-method
#11
Zhihua Xu, Daofang Zhang, Zhihang Yuan, Weifang Chen, Tianqi Zhang, Danqi Tian, Haixuan Deng
Activated carbons with high specific surface areas were produced, utilizing waste polyester textiles as carbon precursor by magnesium oxide (MgO) template method. Magnesium chloride (MgCl2), magnesium citrate (MgCi), and MgO were employed as MgO precursors to prepare activated carbons (AC-MgCl2, AC-MgCi, and AC-MgO). Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry was conducted to investigate the pore-forming mechanism, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, XRD, SEM-EDS, TEM, FTIR and pHpzc were achieved to analyze physicochemical characteristics of the samples...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804860/temperature-drop-and-the-risk-of-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#12
Xiaowei Cong, Xijin Xu, Yuling Zhang, Qihua Wang, Long Xu, Xia Huo
The relationship between asthma and temperature changes remains controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between temperature changes and the risk of asthma. A total of 26 studies (combined total number of subjects N > 26 million), covering 13 countries and Costa Rica, were identified by using a series of keywords in different combinations and searching the papers in PubMed, EMBSEA, Web of Science, MEDLINE, AIM, LILACS, and WPRIM before February 2016. Most of the papers were published in English...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804856/toxic-effects-of-copper-on-liver-and-cholinesterase-of-clarias-gariepinus
#13
Siti Nadzirah Padrilah, Siti Aqlima Ahmad, Nur Adeela Yasid, Mohd Khalizan Sabullah, Hassan Mohd Daud, Ariff Khalid, Mohd Yunus Shukor
The release of pollutants, especially heavy metals, into the aquatic environment is known to have detrimental effects on such an environment and on living organisms including humans when those pollutants are allowed to enter the food chain. The aim of this study is to analyse the damage to Clarias gariepinus' liver caused by exposure to different concentrations of copper. In the present study, samples of C. gariepinus were exposed to sub-lethal copper sulphate (CuSO4) concentrations (from 0.2 to 20.0 mg/L) for 96 h...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804808/enhanced-phosphorus-removal-in-intermittently-aerated-constructed-wetlands-filled-with-various-construction-wastes
#14
Xia Shi, Jinlin Fan, Jian Zhang, Youhao Shen
Phosphorus (P) loss by various pathways in constructed wetlands (CWs) is often variable. The effects of intermittent aeration and different construction waste substrates (gravel, red brick, fly-ash brick) on P processing using six batch-operated vertical flow constructed wetlands (VFCWs) were studied for decentralized domestic wastewater treatment. Average removal of total phosphorus (TP) in three aerated CWs was markedly higher (21.06, 24.83, and 27.02 mg m(-2) day(-1), respectively) than non-aerated CWs (10...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804805/acid-activation-of-upper-eocene-ca-bentonite-for-soybean-oil-clarification
#15
Salima Chakroun, Mongi Herchi, Wafa Mechti, Mohamed Essghaier Gaied
In central Tunisia, many upper Eocene outcrops supply smectitic claystone which are characterized by several analytical techniques (calcimetry, XRD, SediGraph, chemical analysis, surface area, etc.). Beidellite is the main mineral detected by the XRD method. Representative raw samples M1, taken from Henchir Souar (Zaghouan, Tunisia), were acid activated in order to improve their physicochemical properties. This study consists in optimizing the activation conditions with HCl 3 N by varying the following parameters: time (2, 4, and 6 h) and temperature (25, 50, 75, and 90 °C)...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804804/life-cycle-environmental-impacts-of-bioethanol-production-from-sugarcane-molasses-in-iran
#16
Saeid Shahvarooghi Farahani, Mohammad Amin Asoodar
In recent years, bioethanol from sugarcane molasses has been produced on an industrial scale in Iran. The aim of this study was to evaluate molasses-based bioethanol production from an environmental point of view. Data were collected from Debel Khazai agro-industry situated in southern region of Iran by using face-to-face interviews and annual statistics of 2010 to 2016 (6-year life cycle of sugarcane cultivation). Ten impact categories including abiotic depletion (AD), acidification (AC), eutrophication (EP), global warming potential (GWP), ozone layer depletion (OLD), human toxicity (HT), freshwater aquatic ecotoxicity (FE), marine aquatic ecotoxicity (ME), terrestrial ecotoxicity (TE), and photochemical oxidation (PO) were selected based on CML methodology...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803379/effects-of-live-myriophyllum-aquaticum-and-its-straw-on-cadmium-accumulation-in-nasturtium-officinale
#17
Kewen Huang, Lijin Lin, Fabo Chen, Ming'an Liao, Jin Wang, Yi Tang, Yunsong Lai, Dong Liang, Hui Xia, Xun Wang, Wei Ren
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the allelopathy of living Myriophyllum aquaticum and its straw has the same effects; two pot experiments were conducted to study the effects of intercropping using M. aquaticum and its straw on the growth and cadmium (Cd) accumulation of Nasturtium officinale. Different planting ratios (1:3, 2:2 and 3:1) of N. officinale and M. aquaticum led to an increase in the biomass of both plant species and increased the Cd content in roots and shoots of N. officinale, but led to a reduction in the Cd content in roots and shoots of M...
August 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803437/geographic-variation-in-chinese-children-forced-vital-capacity-and-its-association-with-long-term-exposure-to-local-pm10-a-national-cross-sectional-study
#18
Hai-Jun Wang, Qin Li, Yuming Guo, Jie-Yun Song, Zhiqiang Wang, Jun Ma
The purpose of this study was to estimate the association between Chinese children's forced vital capacity (FVC) and particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤10 μm (PM10). The FVC data of 71,763 children aged 7 to 18 was collected from 2010 Chinese National Survey on Students' Construction and Health (CNSSCH). The local annual average concentration of PM10, relative humidity, ambient temperature, and other air pollutant data of 30 cities was collected from China Meteorological Administration and Ministry of Environment Protection of China...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803433/distribution-of-serum-levels-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-heterocyclic-aromatic-amine-theoretical-intake-and-nutritional-cofactors-in-a-semi-rural-island-population
#19
Daniel Carrizo, Sarah F Brennan, Olivier P Chevallier, Jayne Woodside, Kevin M Cooper, Marie M Cantwell, Geraldine Cuskelly, Christopher T Elliott
Persistent organic pollutant (POP) exposure is strongly associated with negative health effects in humans. Heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAAs) are formed during high temperature cooking of foods (i.e. meat and fish). Human exposure to HAA is through food consumption and from similar food groups to POPs. A study of serum samples for POPs in a non-occupational exposed population (n = 149, age range 18-80 years, recruited in 2012) and comparison with estimated HAA daily intake calculations based on food diaries were undertaken...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803428/environmental-hazard-assessment-by-the-ecoscore-system-to-discriminate-pah-polluted-soils
#20
Christine Lors, Jean-François Ponge, Denis Damidot
A bioassay battery-integrated index was applied to different soils sampled from a former coke factory, with the aim to evaluate the discriminating capacity of the Ecoscore system (ES) to assess the environmental hazard of PAH-polluted soils. Two soils from a former coke factory, polluted with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), were evaluated for their ecotoxicity to terrestrial and aquatic organisms and their genotoxicity. These soils have been already presented in a previous paper but data have been reanalyzed for the present article in an endeavor to standardize the ES...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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