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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207856/biodiesel-production-potential-from-fat-fraction-of-municipal-waste-in-makkah
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K Shahzad, A S Nizami, M Sagir, M Rehan, S Maier, M Z Khan, O K M Ouda, I M I Ismail, A O BaFail
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), millions of Muslims come to perform Pilgrimage every year. Around one million ton of municipal solid waste (MSW) is generated in Makkah city annually. The collected MSW is disposed of in the landfills without any treatment or energy recovery. As a result, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and contamination of the soil and water bodies along with leachate and odors are occurring in waste disposal vicinities. The composition of MSW shows that food waste is the largest waste stream (up to 51%) of the total generated MSW...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202275/restoring-rocky-intertidal-communities-lessons-from-a-benthic-macroalgal-ecosystem-engineer
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REVIEW
Alecia Bellgrove, Prudence F McKenzie, Hayley Cameron, Jacqueline B Pocklington
As coastal population growth increases globally, effective waste management practices are required to protect biodiversity. Water authorities are under increasing pressure to reduce the impact of sewage effluent discharged into the coastal environment and restore disturbed ecosystems. We review the role of benthic macroalgae as ecosystem engineers and focus particularly on the temperate Australasian fucoid Hormosira banksii as a case study for rocky intertidal restoration efforts. Research focussing on the roles of ecosystem engineers is lagging behind restoration research of ecosystem engineers...
February 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199877/characterising-stormwater-gross-pollutants-captured-in-catch-basin-inserts
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Md Zahanggir Alam, A H M Faisal Anwar, Dipok Chandra Sarker, Anna Heitz, Craig Rothleitner
The accumulation of wash-off solid waste, termed gross pollutants (GPs), in drainage systems has become a major constraint for best management practices (BMPs) of stormwater. GPs should be captured at source before the material clogs the drainage network, seals the infiltration capacity of side entry pits or affects the aquatic life in receiving waters. BMPs intended to reduce stormwater pollutants include oil and grit separators, grassed swales, vegetated filter strips, retention ponds, and catch basin inserts (CBIs) are used to remove GP at the source and have no extra land use requirement because they are typically mounted within a catch basin (e...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196756/amberstripe-scad-decapterus-muroadsi-carangidae-fish-ingest-blue-microplastics-resembling-their-copepod-prey-along-the-coast-of-rapa-nui-easter-island-in-the-south-pacific-subtropical-gyre
#4
Nicolas Christian Ory, Paula Sobral, Joana Lia Ferreira, Martin Thiel
An increasing number of studies have described the presence of microplastics (≤5mm) in many different fish species, raising ecological concerns. The factors influencing the ingestion of microplastics by fish remain unclear despite their importance to a better understanding of the routes of microplastics through marine food webs. Here, we compare microplastics and planktonic organisms in surface waters and as food items of 20 Amberstripe scads (Decapterus muroadsi) captured along the coast of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to assess the hypothesis that fish ingest microplastics resembling their natural prey...
February 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183027/effect-of-biochars-produced-from-solid-organic-municipal-waste-on-soil-quality-parameters
#5
P Randolph, R R Bansode, O A Hassan, Dj Rehrah, R Ravella, M R Reddy, D W Watts, J M Novak, M Ahmedna
New value-added uses for solid municipal waste are needed for environmental and economic sustainability. Fortunately, value-added biochars can be produced from mixed solid waste, thereby addressing solid waste management issues, and enabling long-term carbon sequestration. We hypothesize that soil deficiencies can be remedied by the application of municipal waste-based biochars. Select municipal organic wastes (newspaper, cardboard, woodchips and landscaping residues) individually or in a 25% blend of all four waste streams were used as feedstocks of biochars...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177400/can-organic-materials-reduce-excess-nutrient-leaching-from-manure-rich-paddock-soils
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Mohammed Masud Parvage, Barbro Ulén, Holger Kirchmann
Horse paddocks have been identified as a significant contributor of animal waste nutrients to natural waters; thus, modified paddock management is needed. Because chemical amendments pose a health risk to horses, an alternative for reducing nutrient translocation from manure is to add available organic residues to the soil. To examine the feasibility of outdoor use of organic materials to reduce nutrient losses from paddock soils, three commonly available organic materials (peat, wheat straw, and wood chips) were tested for their nutrient retention capacities in batch experiments followed by leaching experiments in an in-house lysimeter station using artificial rainfall...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176865/nitrate-leaching-in-a-winter-wheat-summer-maize-rotation-on-a-calcareous-soil-as-affected-by-nitrogen-and-straw-management
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Tao Huang, Xiaotang Ju, Hao Yang
Nitrate leaching is one of the most important pathways of nitrogen (N) loss which leads to groundwater contamination or surface water eutrophication. Clarifying the rates, controlling factors and characteristics of nitrate leaching is the pre-requisite for proposing effective mitigation strategies. We investigated the effects of interactions among chemical N fertilizer, straw and manure applications on nitrogen leaching in an intensively managed calcareous Fluvo-aquic soil with winter wheat-summer maize cropping rotations on the North China Plain from October 2010 to September 2013 using ceramic suction cups and seepage water calculations based on a long-term field experiment...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167031/opinion-taking-phytoremediation-from-proven-technology-to-accepted-practice
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REVIEW
Karen E Gerhardt, Perry D Gerwing, Bruce M Greenberg
Phytoremediation is the use of plants to extract, immobilize, contain and/or degrade contaminants from soil, water or air. It can be an effective strategy for on site and/or in situ removal of various contaminants from soils, including petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), solvents (e.g., trichloroethylene [TCE]), munitions waste (e.g., 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene [TNT]), metal(loid)s, salt (NaCl) and radioisotopes. Commercial phytoremediation technologies appear to be underutilized globally...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157152/toward-an-assessment-of-the-global-inventory-of-present-day-mercury-releases-to-freshwater-environments
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David Kocman, Simon J Wilson, Helen M Amos, Kevin H Telmer, Frits Steenhuisen, Elsie M Sunderland, Robert P Mason, Peter Outridge, Milena Horvat
Aquatic ecosystems are an essential component of the biogeochemical cycle of mercury (Hg), as inorganic Hg can be converted to toxic methylmercury (MeHg) in these environments and reemissions of elemental Hg rival anthropogenic Hg releases on a global scale. Quantification of effluent Hg releases to aquatic systems globally has focused on discharges to the global oceans, rather than contributions to freshwater systems that affect local exposures and risks associated with MeHg. Here we produce a first-estimate of sector-specific, spatially resolved global aquatic Hg discharges to freshwater systems...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152339/autonomous-mobile-platform-for-monitoring-air-emissions-from-industrial-and-municipal-waste-water-ponds
#10
Long Fu, Quamrul Huda, Zheng Yang, Lucas Zhang, Zaher Hashisho
Significant amounts of volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases are generated from wastewater lagoons and tailings ponds in Alberta. Accurate measurements of these air pollutants and greenhouse gases are needed to support management and regulatory decisions. A mobile platform was developed to measure air emissions from tailings pond in the oil sands region of Alberta. The mobile platform was tested in 2015 in a municipal wastewater treatment lagoon. With a flux chamber and a CO2/CH4 sensor on board, the mobile platform was able to measure CO2 and CH4 emissions over two days at two different locations in the pond...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138197/hookworm-infestation-as-a-cause-of-melena-and-severe-anaemia-in-farmer
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Marvi Tariq, Syeda Maria Muzammil, Fareed Ahmed Shaikh, K M Inam Pal
Hookworm infections remain a major cause of morbidity in the developing world. Prevalence is highest in agricultural areas, where use of waste water for irrigation and poor hygiene increases infection rates among farmers. Infections present with gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic anaemia, and there are usually no signs of overt blood loss. The following report describes a case of melena in a middle-aged farmer, where the diagnosis of hookworm infestation was delayed due to the unusual presentation. The patient underwent multiple blood transfusions before referral to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi and was managed conservatively with mebendazole at our hospital after exclusion of other possible causes of gastrointestinal bleeding...
February 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128924/safely-managed-sanitation-for-all-means-fecal-sludge-management-for-at-least-1-8-billion-people-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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David M Berendes, Trent A Sumner, Joe M Brown
Although global access to sanitation is increasing, safe management of fecal waste is a rapidly growing challenge in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The goal of this study was to evaluate the current need for fecal sludge management (FSM) in LMICs by region, urban/rural status, and wealth. Recent Demographic and Health Survey data from 58 countries (847 685 surveys) were used to classify households by sanitation facility (facilities needing FSM, sewered facilities, ecological sanitation/other, or no facilities)...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119006/assessing-anthropogenic-impacts-on-riverine-ecosystems-using-nested-partial-least-squares-regression
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A R L Ferreira, L F Sanches Fernandes, R M V Cortes, F A L Pacheco
The results of three Partial Least Squares (PLS) regression models were used to gain a holistic view on the consequences of natural processes and anthropogenic pressures for water quality degradation and biodiversity decline in a multi-use watershed. The processes were soil erosion and wildfire risk; the pressures comprised land use conflicts, leachates from domestic and industrial waste, arable farming intensity and livestock density. Water quality was characterized for concentrations of nutrients (nitrate, phosphate), oxygen demands (Biochemical Oxygen Demand - BOD5, Chemical Oxygen Demand - COD) and various metals (e...
January 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104328/isotopic-constraints-on-water-source-mixing-network-leakage-and-contamination-in-an-urban-groundwater-system
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F Grimmeisen, M F Lehmann, T Liesch, N Goeppert, J Klinger, J Zopfi, N Goldscheider
Water supply in developing countries is prone to large water losses due to leaky distribution networks and defective sewers, which may affect groundwater quality and quantity in urban areas and result in complex subsurface mixing dynamics. In this study, a multi-stable isotope approach was used to investigate spatiotemporal fluctuations of surface and sub-surface water source partitioning and mixing, and to assess nitrogen (N) contamination in the urban water cycle of As-Salt, Jordan. Water import from the King Abdullah Canal (KAC), mains waters from the network, and wastewater are characterized by distinct isotopic signatures, which allowed us to quantify city effluents into the groundwater...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091883/ground-penetrating-radar-gpr-responses-for-sub-surface-salt-contamination-and-solid-waste-modeling-and-controlled-lysimeter-studies
#15
Y N S Wijewardana, A T Shilpadi, M I M Mowjood, K Kawamoto, L W Galagedara
The assessment of polluted areas and municipal solid waste (MSW) sites using non-destructive geophysical methods is timely and much needed in the field of environmental monitoring and management. The objectives of this study are (i) to evaluate the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) wave responses as a result of different electrical conductivity (EC) in groundwater and (ii) to conduct MSW stratification using a controlled lysimeter and modeling approach. A GPR wave simulation was carried out using GprMax2D software, and the field test was done on two lysimeters that were filled with sand (Lysimeter-1) and MSW (Lysimeter-2)...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089203/carbon-footprint-and-energy-use-of-food-waste-management-options-for-fresh-fruit-and-vegetables-from-supermarkets
#16
Mattias Eriksson, Johanna Spångberg
Food waste is a problem with economic, environmental and social implications, making it both important and complex. Previous studies have addressed food waste management options at the less prioritised end of the waste hierarchy, but information on more prioritised levels is also needed when selecting the best available waste management options. Investigating the global warming potential and primary energy use of different waste management options offers a limited perspective, but is still important for validating impacts from the waste hierarchy in a local context...
January 11, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079322/-incidence-of-non-work-related-sickness-absence-in-spain-by-economic-activity-of-the-company
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Fernando G Benavides, Elena Zaballa, Xavier Duran, Victòria Sanchez-Niubo, David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras
INTRODUCTION: The management of sickness absence due to non-work-related diseases in Spain has typically focused on the control of its duration. The goal of this study was to provide estimates for the incidence of sickness absence due to nonwork-related diseases by economic activity to help shift the focus of management of sickness absence towards prevention. METHODS: Retrospective study based on 646,337 workers and 133,812 episodes of sickness absence started in 2009, from the Working Continuous Life Sample...
January 2017: Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069189/ultrasound-treated-potato-peel-and-sweet-lime-pomace-based-biopolymer-film-development
#18
Purba Prasad Borah, Pulak Das, Laxmikant S Badwaik
Treatment and management of food processing waste is a major challenge for food industry. Potato processing industry generates tremendous amount of peel and consider it as zero valued waste. Again, pomace generated after juice extraction from sweet lime pulp is considered as waste and not properly utilized. Whereas these waste could be utilized for the development of biodegradable packaging film to overcome environmental issues. Composite films were prepared with varying proportion of potato peel powder (PP) and sweet lime pomace (SLP) in the ratio of 0:1(A), 0...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064036/effects-of-specimen-size-and-mix-ratio-on-the-nickel-migration-behavior-of-landfill-waste-mixed-mortar
#19
M Aminul Haque
Landfill solid waste management system poses the potential source of silent wide-spread heavy metals like nickel poisoning in the entire ecosystem of nearby environment. Nickel containing demolish solid wastes are disposed at landfill zones to a great extent from where nickel migrate into the food chain through the surface water body as well as groundwater. Consequently, nickel exposure may cause different environmental problems. From this sense, it may be an attractive proposal to recycle the waste as a sustainable product...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063697/land-based-sources-of-marine-pollution-pesticides-pahs-and-phthalates-in-coastal-stream-water-and-heavy-metals-in-coastal-stream-sediments-in-american-samoa
#20
Beth A Polidoro, Mia T Comeros-Raynal, Thomas Cahill, Cassandra Clement
The island nations and territories of the South Pacific are facing a number of pressing environmental concerns, including solid waste management and coastal pollution. Here we provide baseline information on the presence and concentration of heavy metals and selected organic contaminants (pesticides, PAHs, phthalates) in 7 coastal streams and in surface waters adjacent to the Futiga landfill in American Samoa. All sampled stream sediments contained high concentrations of lead, and some of mercury. Several coastal stream waters showed relatively high concentrations of diethyl phthalate and of organophosphate pesticides, above chronic toxicity values for fish and other aquatic organisms...
January 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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