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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806676/occurrence-and-air-soil-exchange-of-organochlorine-pesticides-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-at-a-cawnet-background-site-in-central-china-implications-for-influencing-factors-and-fate
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Lingxi Zhan, Tian Lin, Zuwu Wang, Zhineng Cheng, Gan Zhang, Xiaopu Lyu, Hairong Cheng
Ambient air and soil samples were collected between March 2012 and March 2013 at Jinsha, a regional background site in central China, to measure the concentrations of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The average concentrations of total OCPs and total PCBs were 191 ± 107 and 39.4 ± 27.1 pg/m(3) in air (gaseous and particulate phase) and 0.585 ± 0.437 and 0.083 ± 0.039 ng/g in soil, respectively. The higher concentrations of p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (p,p'-DDT) and p,p'-DDT/p,p'-DDE ratios in the soil indicated recent p,p'-DDT input to the soil...
August 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806548/seasonal-variation-characteristic-of-inhalable-microbial-communities-in-pm2-5-in-beijing-city-china
#2
Pengrui Du, Rui Du, Weishan Ren, Zedong Lu, Pingqing Fu
Bacteria and fungi are primary constituents of airborne microbes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and significantly impact human health. However, hitherto, seasonal variation and effect of air pollution on microbial community composition and structure are poorly understood. This study analyzed the bacterial and fungal composition of PM2.5 under different air pollution levels during different seasons in Beijing. We altogether collected 75PM2.5 samples during four seasons from April 2014 to January 2015, under different air pollution levels and employed high-throughput sequencing methods to analyze microbial composition...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803195/a-gis-based-atmospheric-dispersion-model-for-pollutants-emitted-by-complex-source-areas
#3
Sergio Teggi, Sofia Costanzini, Grazia Ghermandi, Carlotta Malagoli, Marco Vinceti
Gaussian dispersion models are widely used to simulate the concentrations and deposition fluxes of pollutants emitted by source areas. Very often, the calculation time limits the number of sources and receptors and the geometry of the sources must be simple and without holes. This paper presents CAREA, a new GIS-based Gaussian model for complex source areas. CAREA was coded in the Python language, and is largely based on a simplified formulation of the very popular and recognized AERMOD model. The model allows users to define in a GIS environment thousands of gridded or scattered receptors and thousands of complex sources with hundreds of vertices and holes...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803149/concentrations-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-trace-elements-in-arctic-soils-a-case-study-in-svalbard
#4
Montse Marquès, Jordi Sierra, Tatiana Drotikova, Montse Mari, Martí Nadal, José L Domingo
A combined assessment on the levels and distribution profiles of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and trace elements in soils from Pyramiden (Central Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago) is here reported. As previously stated, long-range atmospheric transport, coal deposits and previous mining extractions, as well as the stack emissions of two operative power plants at this settlement are considered as potential sources of pollution. Eight top-layer soil samples were collected and analysed for the 16 US EPA priority PAHs and for 15 trace elements (As, Be, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sn, Tl, V and Zn) during late summer of 2014...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802991/volcanogenic-so2-a-natural-pollutant-measurements-modeling-and-hazard-assessment-at-vulcano-island-aeolian-archipelago-italy
#5
Domenico Granieri, Fabio Vita, Salvatore Inguaggiato
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a major component of magmatic gas discharges. Once emitted in the atmosphere it can affect the air and land environment at different spatial and temporal scales, with harmful effects on human health and plant communities. We used a dense dataset of continuous SO2 flux and meteorological measurements collected at Vulcano over an 8-year period spanning from May 2008 to February 2016 to model air SO2 concentrations over the island. To this end, we adopted the DISGAS (DISpersion of GAS) numerical code coupled with the Diagnostic Wind Model (DWM)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802978/gas-phase-hydration-of-glyoxylic-acid-kinetics-and-atmospheric-implications
#6
Ling Liu, Xiuhui Zhang, Zesheng Li, Yunhong Zhang, Maofa Ge
Oxocarboxylic acids are one of the most important organic species found in secondary organic aerosols and can be detected in diverse environments. But the hydration of oxocarboxylic acids in the atmosphere has still not been fully understood. Neglecting the hydration of oxocarboxylic acids in atmospheric models may be one of the most important reasons for the significant discrepancies between field measurements and abundance predictions of atmospheric models for oxocarboxylic acids. In the present paper, glyoxylic acid, as the most abundant oxocarboxylic acids in the atmosphere, has been selected as an example to study whether the hydration process can occur in the atmosphere and what the kinetic process of hydration is...
August 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800487/development-of-atmospheric-acid-deposition-in-china-from-the-1990s-to-the-2010s
#7
Haili Yu, Nianpeng He, Qiufeng Wang, Jianxing Zhu, Yang Gao, Yunhai Zhang, Yanlong Jia, Guirui Yu
Atmospheric acid deposition is a global environmental issue. China has been experiencing serious acid deposition, which is anticipated to become more severe with the country's economic development and increasing consumption of fossil fuels in recent decades. We explored the spatiotemporal variations of acid deposition (wet acid deposition) and its influencing factors by collecting nationwide data on pH and concentrations of sulfate (SO4(2-)) and nitrate (NO3(-)) in precipitation between 1980 and 2014 in China...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800484/characteristics-of-elemental-and-pb-isotopic-compositions-in-aerosols-pm10-2-5-at-the-ieodo-ocean-research-station-in-the-east-china-sea
#8
Sanghee Lee, Changhee Han, Daechol Shin, Soon Do Hur, Seong Joon Jun, Young-Taeg Kim, Do-Seong Byun, Sungmin Hong
A total of 82 aerosol samples (PM10-2.5) were collected from June 18, 2015 to October 1, 2016 at the remote sea site, the Ieodo Ocean Research Station (IORS), in the East China Sea. Samples were analyzed for 10 elements (Al, Fe, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Cd, Sb, Tl, and Pb) as well as Pb isotopic composition to characterize temporal variations in elemental concentration levels, and to identify the potential source regions of atmospheric pollutants transported over the remote East China Sea. The results showed that the annual average element concentrations were lowest compared to those at different sites in East Asia, suggesting a very clean background area of IORS, with values ranging from 114 ng m(-3) for Al to 0...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798526/environmental-pollution-and-allergies
#9
REVIEW
Hirohisa Takano, Ken-Ichiro Inoue
Environmental changes are thought to be the main factor in the rapid increase and worsening of allergic diseases. While there have been significant changes in many environmental factors, including in environments such as residential, health and sanitation, food, and water/soil/atmospheric environments, the root of each of these changes is likely an increase in chemical substances. In fact, various environmental pollutants, such as air pollutants and chemical substances, have been shown to worsen various allergies in experimental studies...
July 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798214/role-of-atmospheric-pollution-on-the-natural-history-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
#10
Lucile Sesé, Hilario Nunes, Vincent Cottin, Shreosi Sanyal, Morgane Didier, Zohra Carton, Dominique Israel-Biet, Bruno Crestani, Jacques Cadranel, Benoit Wallaert, Abdellatif Tazi, Bernard Maître, Grégoire Prévot, Sylvain Marchand-Adam, Stéphanie Guillot-Dudoret, Annelyse Nardi, Sandra Dury, Violaine Giraud, Anne Gondouin, Karine Juvin, Raphael Borie, Marie Wislez, Dominique Valeyre, Isabella Annesi-Maesano
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has an unpredictable course corresponding to various profiles: stability, physiological disease progression and rapid decline. A minority of patients experience acute exacerbations (AEs). A recent study suggested that ozone and nitrogen dioxide might contribute to the occurrence of AE. We hypothesised that outdoor air pollution might influence the natural history of IPF. METHODS: Patients were selected from the French cohort COhorte FIbrose (COFI), a national multicentre longitudinal prospective cohort of IPF (n=192)...
August 10, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794573/quantitative-assessment-of-pm2-5-sources-and-their-seasonal-variation-in-krakow
#11
Lucyna Samek, Z Stegowski, L Furman, K Styszko, K Szramowiat, J Fiedor
In industry areas of Poland such as Silesia or urban sites like Krakow and some other cities, the levels of pollutants frequently breach air quality standards. Particulate matter (PM) is the most important constituent of atmospheric pollution. Beginning on 1st February 2014 until 31st January 2015, the samples of fine particulate matter PM2.5 (aerodynamic diameter of particles less than or equal to 2.5 μm) were collected at a site in the south-eastern Krakow urban background area. During this period, 194 samples were taken...
2017: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794453/varying-sensitivity-of-mountainous-streamwater-base-flow-formula-see-text-concentrations-to-n-deposition-in-the-northern-suburbs-of-tokyo
#12
Kazuya Nishina, Mirai Watanabe, Masami K Koshikawa, Takejiro Takamatsu, Yu Morino, Tatsuya Nagashima, Kunika Soma, Seiji Hayashi
Ecosystems of suburban landscapes (i.e., forest, inland water ecosystem) are threatened by high nitrogen (N) loadings derived from urban air pollutants. Forest ecosystems under high chronic N loadings tend to leach more N via streams. In the northern suburbs of Tokyo, N deposition loading on terrestrial ecosystems has increased over the past 30 years. In this region, we investigated nitrate concentrations in 608 independent small forested catchment water samples from northeastern suburbs of Tokyo. The nitrate concentrations varied from 0...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793769/long-term-and-ontogenetic-patterns-of-heavy-metal-contamination-in-lake-baikal-seals-pusa-sibirica
#13
Ted Ozersky, Mikhail Vladimirovich Pastukhov, Amanda E Poste, Xiu Ying Deng, Marianne V Moore
Little is known about the history of heavy metal pollution of Russia's Lake Baikal, one of the world's largest lakes and a home to numerous endemic species, including the Baikal Seal, Pusa sibirica. We investigated the history of heavy metal (V, Cu, Zn, Cd, Hg, Tl, Pb, U) pollution in Lake Baikal seals over the past 8 decades. C and N stable isotope analysis (SIA) and laser-ablation ICP-MS of seal teeth were used to examine changes in feeding ecology, heavy metal levels associated with life history events and long-term variation in metal exposure...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793241/the-activity-based-methodology-to-assess-ship-emissions-a-review
#14
REVIEW
R A O Nunes, M C M Alvim-Ferraz, F G Martins, S I V Sousa
Several studies tried to estimate atmospheric emissions with origin in the maritime sector, concluding that it contributed to the global anthropogenic emissions through the emission of pollutants that have a strong impact on hu' health and also on climate change. Thus, this paper aimed to review published studies since 2010 that used activity-based methodology to estimate ship emissions, to provide a summary of the available input data. After exclusions, 26 articles were analysed and the main information were scanned and registered, namely technical information about ships, ships activity and movement information, engines, fuels, load and emission factors...
August 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782919/subcatchment-deltas-and-upland-features-influence-multiscale-aquatic-ecosystem-recovery-in-damaged-landscapes
#15
Brian W Kielstra, Shelley E Arnott, John M Gunn
Assessing biological recovery in damaged aquatic environments requires the consideration of multiple spatial and temporal scales. Past research has focused on assessing lake recovery from atmospheric or catchment disturbance at regional or catchment levels. Studies have also rarely considered the influences of adjacent terrestrial characteristics on within-lake habitats, such as subcatchment delta confluences. We used Hyalella azteca, a ubiquitous freshwater amphipod, as a sensitive indicator to assess the importance of local subcatchment scale factors in the context of multiscale lake recovery within the metal mining region of Sudbury, Canada following a period of major reductions in atmospheric pollution...
August 7, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780412/atmospheric-emissions-of-cu-and-zn-from-coal-combustion-in-china-spatio-temporal-distribution-human-health-effects-and-short-term-prediction
#16
Rui Li, Junlin Li, Lulu Cui, Yu Wu, Hongbo Fu, Jianmin Chen, Mindong Chen
China has become the largest coal consumer and important emitter of trace metals in the world. A multiple-year inventory of atmospheric copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) emissions from coal combustion in 30 provinces of China and 4 economic sectors (power plant, industry sector, residential sector, and others) for the period of 1995-2014 has been calculated. The results indicated that the total emissions of Cu and Zn increased from 5137.70 t and 11484.16 t in 1995-7099.24 t and 14536.61 t in 2014, at an annual average growth rate of 1...
August 3, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779897/study-on-emission-of-hazardous-trace-elements-in-a-350%C3%A2-mw-coal-fired-power-plant-part-1-mercury
#17
Shilin Zhao, Yufeng Duan, Lei Chen, Yaning Li, Ting Yao, Shuai Liu, Meng Liu, Jianhong Lu
Hazardous trace elements (HTEs), especially mercury, emitted from coal-fired power plants had caused widespread concern worldwide. Field test on mercury emissions at three different loads (100%, 85%, 68% output) using different types of coal was conducted in a 350 MW pulverized coal combustion power plant equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR), electrostatic precipitator and fabric filter (ESP + FF), and wet flue gas desulfurization (WFGD). The Ontario Hydro Method was used for simultaneous flue gas mercury sampling for mercury at the inlet and outlet of each of the air pollutant control device (APCD)...
August 2, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778014/emissions-of-brominated-compounds-and-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-during-pyrolysis-of-e-waste-debrominated-in-subcritical-water
#18
Aurora Soler, Juan A Conesa, Nuria Ortuño
Degradation of brominated flame retardants present in printed circuit boards (PCBs) was tested using subcritical water in a high pressure reactor. Debromination experiments were carried out in a batch stirred reactor at three different temperatures (225 °C, 250 °C and 275 °C) keeping a solid to liquid (S/L) ratio of PCB:water = 1:5 during 180 min. Results indicated that debromination efficiency was increased with temperature (18.5-63.6% of bromine present in the original PCB was removed). Thermal decomposition of the debrominated materials was studied and compared with that of the original PCB...
July 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774585/municipal-solid-waste-incineration-plant-a-multi-step-approach-to-the-evaluation-of-an-energy-recovery-configuration
#19
D Panepinto, M C Zanetti
This study proposes a multi-step approach to evaluating the environmental and economic aspects of a thermal treatment plant with an energy-recovery configuration. In order to validate the proposed approach, the Turin incineration plant was analyzed, and the potential of the incinerator and several different possible connections to the district heating network were then considered. Both local and global environmental balances were defined. The global-scale results provided information on carbon dioxide emissions, while the local-scale results were used as reference values for the implementation of a Gaussian model that could evaluate the actual concentrations of pollutants released into the atmosphere...
July 31, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773121/corrosion-behavior-of-silver-plated-circuit-boards-in-a-simulated-marine-environment-with-industrial-pollution
#20
Kui Xiao, Pan Yi, Lidan Yan, Ziheng Bai, Chaofang Dong, Pengfei Dong, Xiong Gao
The electrochemical corrosion behavior of a silver-plated circuit board (PCB-ImAg) in a polluted marine atmosphere environment (Qingdao in China) is studied through a simulated experiment. The morphologies of PCB-ImAg show some micropores on the surface that act as the corrosion-active points in the tests. Cl(-) mainly induces microporous corrosion, whereas SO₂ causes general corrosion. Notably, the silver color changes significantly under SO₂ influence. EIS results show that the initial charge transfer resistance in the test containing SO₂ and Cl(-) is 9...
July 6, 2017: Materials
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