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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525872/levels-and-temporal-trends-of-organochlorine-contaminants-in-mussels-from-spanish-mediterranean-waters
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Juan A Campillo, Beatriz Fernández, Víctor García, José Benedicto, Víctor M León
The levels and trends of organochlorine contaminants were determined along the Spanish Mediterranean coast from 2000 to 2013 using mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, as bioindicator species. The highest levels of PCBs and DDTs were found at industrial and urban locations, and at areas under the influence of the mouth of major rivers. Dieldrin and t-NNC were commonly detected, while HCHs, aldrin, isodrin, endrin and HCB were at levels not detectable at many areas. Significant declines on the levels of DDTs were observed at most of the areas studied...
May 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525860/a-comparison-of-individual-exposure-perception-and-acceptable-levels-of-pm2-5-with-air-pollution-policy-objectives-in-china
#2
Lei Huang, Chao Rao, Tsering Jan van der Kuijp, Jun Bi, Yang Liu
Atmospheric pollution has emerged as a major public health issue in China. Public perception and acceptable risk levels of air pollution can prompt individual behavioral changes and play a major role in the public's response to health risks. Therefore, to explore these responses and evaluate what constitutes publicly acceptable concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), questionnaire surveys were conducted in three representative cities of China: Beijing, Nanjing, and Guangzhou. Great differences in public risk perception were revealed...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523580/chemical-characterization-of-surface-snow-in-istanbul-nw-turkey-and-their-association-with-atmospheric-circulations
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Asli Baysal, Hakki Baltaci, Nil Ozbek, Orhan Destanoglu, Gul Sirin Ustabasi, Gulcin Gumus
The understanding of the impurities in natural snow is important in realizing its atmospheric quality, soil characteristics, and the pollution caused to the environment. Knowledge of the occurrence of major ions and trace metals in the snow in the megacity of Istanbul is very limited. This manuscript attempts to understand the origin of major soluble ions (fluoride, acetate, formate, chlorite, chloride, nitrite, chlorate, bromide, nitrate, sulfate, phosphate, and perchlorate) and some trace metals (Fe, Mn, Cd, Co, Ni, Pb, Zn, Cu) in winter surface snow, collected in Istanbul, Turkey...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522534/21st-century-rise-in-anthropogenic-nitrogen-deposition-on-a-remote-coral-reef
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Haojia Ren, Yi-Chi Chen, Xingchen T Wang, George T F Wong, Anne L Cohen, Thomas M DeCarlo, Mira A Weigand, Horng-Sheng Mii, Daniel M Sigman
With the rapid rise in pollution-associated nitrogen inputs to the western Pacific, it has been suggested that even the open ocean has been affected. In a coral core from Dongsha Atoll, a remote coral reef ecosystem, we observe a decline in the (15)N/(14)N of coral skeleton-bound organic matter, which signals increased deposition of anthropogenic atmospheric N on the open ocean and its incorporation into plankton and, in turn, the atoll corals. The first clear change occurred just before 2000 CE, decades later than predicted by other work...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521935/rainfall-contributes-30-of-the-dissolved-inorganic-nitrogen-exported-from-a-southern-great-barrier-reef-river-basin
#5
Robert Packett
A study was conducted to estimate how much of the annual load of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) from Great Barrier Reef (GBR) river basins could come from rainfall. Results suggest rainfall contributed ~37% of the average annual DIN load from the Fitzroy Basin over three wet seasons. Rainfall DIN contribution at plot to sub-catchment scale ranged from 5 to >100% for study sites in the Fitzroy and Pioneer Basins. An estimate using measured and modelled data indicates ~28% of the longer-term average annual DIN load from the entire GBR catchment may originate from rainfall...
May 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520817/heat-in-the-southeastern-united-states-characteristics-trends-and-potential-health-impact
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Jeremy E Diem, Christine E Stauber, Richard Rothenberg
High summer temperatures in extratropical areas have an impact on the public's health, mainly through heat stress, high air pollution concentrations, and the transmission of tropical diseases. The purpose of this study is to examine the current characteristics of heat events and future projections of summer apparent temperature (AT)-and associated health concerns-throughout the southeastern United States. Synoptic climatology was used to assess the atmospheric characteristics of extreme heat days (EHDs) from 1979-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516905/the-effects-of-forest-canopy-shading-and-turbulence-on-boundary-layer-ozone
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P A Makar, R M Staebler, A Akingunola, J Zhang, C McLinden, S K Kharol, B Pabla, P Cheung, Q Zheng
The chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere close to the surface is known to be strongly influenced by vegetation. However, two critical aspects of the forest environment have been neglected in the description of the large-scale influence of forests on air pollution: the reduction of photolysis reaction rates and the modification of vertical transport due to the presence of foliage. Here we show that foliage shading and foliage-modified vertical diffusion have a profound influence on atmospheric chemistry, both at the Earth's surface and extending throughout the atmospheric boundary layer...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516763/first-assessment-of-nox-sources-at-a-regional-background-site-in-north-china-using-isotopic-analysis-linked-with-modeling
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Zheng Zong, Xiaoping Wang, Chongguo Tian, Yingjun Chen, Yunting Fang, Fan Zhang, Cheng Li, Jianzhong Sun, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
Nitrogen oxides (NOx, including NO and NO2) play an important role in the formation of atmospheric particles. Thus, NOx emission reduction is critical for improving air quality, especially in severely air-polluted regions (e.g., North China). In this study, the source of NOx was investigated by the isotopic composition (δ15N) of particulate nitrate (p-NO3-) at Beihuangcheng Island (BH), a regional background site in North China. It was found that the δ15N-NO3- (n = 120) values varied between -1.7 and +24...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516280/optimization-of-an-ultrasound-assisted-derivatization-for-gc-ms-analysis-of-oxygenated-organic-species-in-atmospheric-aerosol
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Maria Chiara Pietrogrande, Francesco Manarini, José Benito Quintana, Rosario Rodil, Eugenia Villaverde-de-Sáa, Marco Visentin
A novel ultrasound-assisted derivatization followed by GC/MS analysis was developed for the quantification of oxygenated organic species in ambient aerosol. Derivatization parameters mostly influencing the analytical response were investigated, i.e., solvent type, reagent concentration, and reaction duration. Response surface methodology was used to design experiments and a quadratic model was utilized to predict the variables and establish the optimal conditions. The study was performed on standard solutions of 30 compounds representing the major classes of oxygenated compounds typically found in ambient aerosol, i...
May 18, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513752/comparison-of-pm2-5-carbonaceous-pollutants-between-an-urban-site-in-shanghai-and-a-background-site-in-a-coastal-east-china-sea-island-in-summer-concentration-composition-and-sources
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Fengwen Wang, Tian Lin, Yuanyuan Li, Zhigang Guo, Neil L Rose
Nine paired samples of atmospheric particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 2.5 μm (PM2.5) were collected concurrently from an urban site in Shanghai, China and a background site in Huaniao Island (HNI) in the coastal East China Sea (ECS) between July 21 and 29, 2011. The samples were analyzed for 16 United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), n-alkanes (20 species, C14-C33), hopanes (10 species, C29-C32), and steranes (12 species, C27-C29)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513175/effect-of-voc-emissions-from-vegetation-on-air-quality-in-berlin-during-a-heatwave
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Galina Churkina, Friderike Kuik, Boris Bonn, Axel Lauer, Rüdiger Grote, Karolina Tomiak, Tim M Butler
The potential of emissions from urban vegetation combined with anthropogenic emissions to produce ozone and particulate matter has long been recognized. This potential increases with rising temperatures and may lead to severe problems with air quality in densely populated areas during heat waves. Here, we investigate how heat waves affect emissions of volatile organic compounds from urban/suburban vegetation and corresponding ground-level ozone and particulate matter. We use the Weather Research and Forecasting Model with atmospheric chemistry (WRF-Chem) with emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from vegetation simulated with MEGAN to quantify some of these feedbacks in Berlin, Germany, during the heat wave in 2006...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511352/emission-inventory-and-environmental-distribution-of-decabromodiphenyl-ether-in-china
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Boya Zhang, Bu Zhao, Mengqi Yu, Jianbo Zhang
Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) is a highly brominated flame retardant that recent studies have identified as a potential persistent organic pollutant. Large amounts of decaBDE have been consumed and released in the environment in China, while no emission inventory has been available until now. In this study, a substance flow analysis was applied to establish the emission inventory of decaBDE in China from 1982 (the first year of decaBDE production in China) until 2013 based on activity data, transfer coefficients, and emission factors...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510489/urban-heat-island-uhi-influence-on-secondary-pollutant-formation-at-a-tropical-humid-environment
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Gsnvksn Swamy, S M Shiva Nagendra, Uwe Shlink
The combined action of urbanization (change in land use) and increase in vehicular emissions intensify the urban heat island (UHI) effect in many cities in the developed countries. The urban warming (UHI) enhances heat stress related diseases and ozone (O3) levels due to a photochemical reaction. Even though UHI intensity depends on wind speed, wind direction and solar flux, the thermodynamic properties of surface materials can accelerate the temperature profiles at the local scale. This mechanism modifies the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) structure and mixing height in urban regions...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505577/evaluation-of-the-photooxidation-efficiency-of-as-iii-applying-the-uvc-oxalate-technique
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Bo Jiang, Shuaishuai Xin, Haihong He, Xuyang Liu, Li Gao, Yizheng Tang, Xuejun Bi
In this study, the photooxidation capacity of UVC/Oxalate (Ox) was evaluated using As(III) as a typical pollutant. The results show that the direct oxidation amount of As(III) induced by UVC in water was negligible, but the presence of Ox remarkably accelerated the oxidation rate of As(III). Under UVC irradiation, 50 μM As(III) can be completely oxidized to As(V) in the case of Ox concentration above 300 μM within 60 min. As(III) oxidation was found greatly related with the photodecomposition of Ox. Much more Ox can be mineralized in more acidic solution...
May 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502162/identification-of-major-sources-of-atmospheric-nh3-in-an-urban-environment-in-northern-china-during-wintertime
#15
Xiaolin Teng, Qingjing Hu, Leiming Zhang, Jiajia Qi, Jinhui Shi, Huan Xie, Huiwang Gao, Xiaohong Yao
To assess the relative contributions of traffic emission and other potential sources to high-levels of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) in urban areas in wintertime, atmospheric NH3 and related pollutants were measured at an urban site, ~300 m from a major traffic road, in northern China in November and December 2015. Hourly average NH3 varied from 0.3 to 10.8 ppb with an average of 2.4 ppb during the campaign. Contrary to the common perspective in literature, traffic emission was demonstrated to be a negligible contributor to atmospheric NH3...
May 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502046/adapting-the-vegetative-vigour-terrestrial-plant-test-for-assessing-ecotoxicity-of-aerosol-samples
#16
Nora Kováts, Eszter Horváth, Bettina Eck-Varanka, Eszter Csajbók, András Hoffer
Plants, being recognized to show high sensitivity to air pollution, have been long used to assess the ecological effects of airborne contaminants. However, many changes in vegetation are now generally attributed to atmospheric deposition of aerosol particles; the dose-effect relationships of this process are usually poorly known. In contrast to bioindication studies, ecotoxicological tests (or bioassays) are controlled and reproducible where ecological responses are determined quantitatively. In our study, the No...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500553/characterization-of-rainwater-chemical-composition-after-a-southeast-asia-haze-event-insight-of-transboundary-pollutant-transport-during-the-northeast-monsoon
#17
Mohd Shahrul Mohd Nadzir, Chin Yik Lin, Md Firoz Khan, Mohd Talib Latif, Doreena Dominick, Haris Hafizal Abdul Hamid, Noorlin Mohamad, Khairul Nizam Abdul Maulud, Muhammad Ikram Abdul Wahab, Nurul Farahana Kamaludin, Mohamad Azwani Shah Mat Lazim
Open biomass burning in Peninsula Malaysia, Sumatra, and parts of the Indochinese region is a major source of transboundary haze pollution in the Southeast Asia. To study the influence of haze on rainwater chemistry, a short-term investigation was carried out during the occurrence of a severe haze episode from March to April 2014. Rainwater samples were collected after a prolonged drought and analyzed for heavy metals and major ion concentrations using inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) and ion chromatography (IC), respectively...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500390/pollen-exposure-and-hospitalization-due-to-asthma-exacerbations-daily-time-series-in-a-european-city
#18
Nicholas J Osborne, Ian Alcock, Benedict W Wheeler, Shakoor Hajat, Christophe Sarran, Yolanda Clewlow, Rachel N McInnes, Deborah Hemming, Mathew White, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Lora E Fleming
Exposure to pollen can contribute to increased hospital admissions for asthma exacerbation. This study applied an ecological time series analysis to examine associations between atmospheric concentrations of different pollen types and the risk of hospitalization for asthma in London from 2005 to 2011. The analysis examined short-term associations between daily pollen counts and hospital admissions in the presence of seasonal and long-term patterns, and allowed for time lags between exposure and admission. Models were adjusted for temperature, precipitation, humidity, day of week, and air pollutants...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498787/spatial-and-temporal-variability-of-atmospheric-mercury-concentrations-emitted-from-a-coal-fired-power-plant-in-mexico
#19
Gilberto Fuentes, Bravo A Humberto, Sosa E Rodolfo, Rosas A Sergio, Magaña R Víctor, Caetano D Ernesto, Vázquez C Gustavo
Atmospheric mercury in the environment as a result of the consumption of fossil fuels, such as coal used in electricity generation, has gained increased attention worldwide because of its toxicity, atmospheric persistence, and bioaccumulation. Determining or predicting the concentration of this pollutant in ambient air is essential for determining sensitive areas requiring health protection. This study investigated the spatiotemporal variability of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM) concentrations and its dry deposition surrounding the Presidente Plutarco Elías Calles, (CETEPEC) coal-fired power plant, located on Mexico's Pacific coast...
May 12, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495075/relationship-between-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-air-pollutants-depending-on-the-origin-and-trajectory-of-air-masses-in-the-north-of-spain
#20
Ana Santurtún, Domingo F Rasilla, Leyre Riancho, María T Zarrabeitia
OBJECTIVES: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common respiratory condition and one of the leading causes of death. Our aim was to analyze the association between emergency room visits due to this disease and meteorological variables and atmospheric contaminant levels in Santander, depending on the origin and trajectory of air masses. METHODS: Data from emergency room visits at Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla were collected on a daily basis during an 8-year period...
May 8, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
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