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Xiuying Zhang, Wuting Zhang, Xuehe Lu, Xuejun Liu, Dongmei Chen, Lei Liu, Xianjin Huang
This study detected the long-term trends in NO2 concentrations in China from 1997 to 2016 based on the NO2 columns from GOME, SCIAMACHY, and GOME-2A. Both differences in the time-overlapped NO2 columns from GOME vs. SCIAMACHAY and SCIAMACHAY vs. GOME-2A showed seasonal variations, and the annual NO2 columns from GOME were 0.9% higher than those from SCIAMACHY, which exceeded that from GOME-2A by 14%. The long-term trends of the NO2 columns on a provincial scale could be simulated by cubic models (0.60 < R2  < 0...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Jeffrey S Bedwell, Corey J Bohil, Mark B Neider, Michael A Gramlich, Sandra M Neer, John P OʼDonnell, Deborah C Beidel
There is a need for a better understanding of underlying pathology in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to develop more effective treatments. The late positive potential (LPP) amplitude from electroencephalogram has been used to assess individual differences in emotional reactivity. There is evidence that olfaction is particularly important in emotional processing in PTSD. The current study examined LPP amplitudes in response to olfactory stimuli in 24 combat veterans with PTSD and 24 nonmilitary/non-PTSD controls...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Rafael Fleischman, Ran Amiel, Jan Czerwinski, Andreas Mayer, Leonid Tartakovsky
Retrofitting older vehicles with diesel particulate filter (DPF) is a cost-effective measure to quickly and efficiently reduce particulate matter emissions. This study experimentally analyzes real-world performance of buses retrofitted with CRT DPFs. 18 in-use Euro III technology urban and intercity buses were investigated for a period of 12months. The influence of the DPF and of the vehicle natural aging on buses fuel economy are analyzed and discussed. While the effect of natural deterioration is about 1...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Zhenghui Qiao, Wei Dong, Yaji Huang, Vincenzo Naso
Diesel exhaust aerosols (DEAs) can absorb and accumulate toxic metal particulates and bacteria suspended in the atmospheric environment, which impact human health and the environment. The use of acoustic standing waves (ASWs) to aggregate DEA is currently considered to be an efficient particle removal method; however, study of the effect of different temperatures on the acoustic aggregation process is scarce. To explore the method and technology to regulate and optimize the aerosol aggregation process through temperature tuning, an acoustic apparatus integrated with a temperature regulation function was constructed...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Carmen Rizzo, Alessandro Ciro Rappazzo, Luigi Michaud, Emilio De Domenico, Carlos Rochera, Antonio Camacho, Angelina Lo Giudice
Joostella strains are emerging candidates for biosurfactant production. Here such ability was analyzed for Joostella strain A8 in comparison with Alcanivorax strain A53 and Pseudomonas strain A6, all previously isolated from hydrocarbon enrichment cultures made of polychaete homogenates. In pure cultures Joostella sp. A8 showed the highest stable emulsion percentage (78.33%), hydrophobicity rate (62.67%), and an optimal surface tension reduction during growth in mineral medium supplemented with diesel oil (reduction of about 12mN/m), thus proving to be highly competitive with Alcanivorax and Pseudomonas strains...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Yiran Zhang, Wei Gao, Faxiang Lin, Bin Han, Changfei He, Qian Li, Xiangxing Gao, Zhisong Cui, Chengjun Sun, Li Zheng
This study investigated the immobilizations with of bacteria two kinds of algal materials, Enteromorpha residue and kelp residue. The lipophilicity of them were compared by diesel absorption rates. The immobilization efficiency of Bacillus sp. E3 was measured to evaluate whether these carriers would satisfy the requirement for biodegradation of oil spills. The bacteria were immobilized through adsorption with the sterilized and non-sterilized carriers to compare the differences between the two treatments. Oil degradation rates were determined using gravimetric and GC-MS methods...
May 18, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Hossein Hammami, Ebrahim Alaie, Seyed Mohammad Mehdi Dastgheib
Phytoremediation is a new ecological and cost-effective technology applied for cleaning heavy metals and total petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated (TPH-contaminated) soils. This study was conducted to evaluate the potential of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) to phytoremediate cadmium (Cd (II)) from contaminated soils. To this end, the investigators applied a completely randomized design with the factorial arrangement and four replications. The results indicated that all the evaluated parameters of S. Marianum, including shoot and root fresh and dry weight, as well as shoot and root Cd, were significantly influenced by Cd (II) concentration and diesel oil (DO)...
July 3, 2018: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Gary Strobel
As is true with animal species, plants also have an associated microflora including endophytes as well as microbes associated with the phyllosphere and rhizosphere (plant surfaces) and this is considered the plant microbiome. However, those organisms within virtually all tissues and organs of the plant are known as endophytes. Most often fungi are the most frequently recovered endophytes from plant tissues, but bacterial forms generally occur in greater numbers, but not in species varieties. The exact biological/biochemical role of the endophyte in the plant and how it interacts with the plant and other endophytes and plant associated organisms has not been intensely and carefully examined...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Arun Kumar, Sumit Kaushal, Shubhini A Saraf, Jay Shankar Singh
Increasing energy demand, limited fossil fuel resources and climate change have prompted development of alternative sustainable and economical fuel resources such as crop-based bio-ethanol and bio-diesel. However, there is concern over use of arable land that is used for food agriculture for creation of biofuel. Thus, there is a renewed interest in the use of microbes particularly microalgae for bio-fuel production. Microbes such as micro-algae and cyanobacteria that are used for biofuel production also produce other bioactive compounds under stressed conditions...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
Michiel De Prins, Elke Verheyen, Stef Kerkhofs, Andreas Hoffmann, Gina Vanbutsele, Sreeprasanth Pulinthanathu Sree, Sambhu Radhakrishnan, Leen Van Tendeloo, Eric Breynaert, Christine E A Kirschhock, Frank-Walter Schütze, Johan A Martens
EU-7 zeolite with Si/Al ratio of 15 is identified as a BIK type zeolite. The framework charge is compensated with Cs+ cations located in 8-ring channels at regular distances. Even partially exchanged, Cu-loaded EU-7 is active in NH3-SCR and withstands hydrothermal aging at 900 °C needed for application in diesel particulate filters.
May 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Homa Naseri, Kieran Trickett, Nicholas Mitroglou, Ioannis Karathanassis, Phoevos Koukouvinis, Manolis Gavaises, Robert Barbour, Dale Diamond, Sarah E Rogers, Maurizio Santini, Jin Wang
We identify the physical mechanism through which newly developed quaternary ammonium salt (QAS) deposit control additives (DCAs) affect the rheological properties of cavitating turbulent flows, resulting in an increase in the volumetric efficiency of clean injectors fuelled with diesel or biodiesel fuels. Quaternary ammonium surfactants with appropriate counterions can be very effective in reducing the turbulent drag in aqueous solutions, however, less is known about the effect of such surfactants in oil-based solvents or in cavitating flow conditions...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Josef Cyrys, H-Erich Wichmann, Regina Rückerl, Annette Peters
Low Emission Zones (LEZs) were implemented as a measure for improving the quality of ambient air. As of February 2018, 58 LEZs were in operation in Germany; however they differ significantly, especially regarding their size.The effectiveness of LEZs has been investigated by dispersion modelling as well as by analysis of PM10 (particles which pass through a size-selective inlet with a 50 % efficiency cut-off at 10 μm aerodynamic diameter) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) measurement values. Recent studies show a clear trend...
May 14, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Boniphace Kanyathare, Kai-Erik Peiponen
Adulteration of fuels is a major problem, especially in developing and third world countries. One such case is the adulteration of diesel oil by kerosene. This problem contributes to air pollution, which leads to other far-reaching adverse effects, such as climate change. The objective of this study was to develop a relatively easy measurement method based on an inexpensive, handheld Abbe refractometer for the detection of adulteration and estimation of the ascending order of the amount of kerosene present in adulterated samples in field conditions...
May 14, 2018: Sensors
Na Lv, Xiaoli Wang, Shitao Peng, Huaqin Zhang, Lei Luo
A new kind of hydrophobic and oil sorbent based on jute fiber was successfully prepared by the integration of silica onto a fiber surface via the sol-gel method and subsequent hydrophobic modification with octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS). Compared with the hydrophilic raw fiber, the modified fiber had a water contact angle (CA) of 136.2&deg;, suggesting that the material has good hydrophobicity. Furthermore, the ability of oil in the oil/water system (taking diesel for example) to absorb was revealed by the kinetics, the isotherm equation, and the thermodynamic parameters...
May 12, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Qiang Fei, Aaron W Puri, Holly Smith, Nancy Dowe, Philip T Pienkos
Background: Due to the success of shale gas development in the US, the production cost of natural gas has been reduced significantly, which in turn has made methane (CH4 ), the major component of natural gas, a potential alternative substrate for bioconversion processes compared with other high-price raw material sources or edible feedstocks. Therefore, exploring effective ways to use CH4 for the production of biofuels is attractive. Biological fixation of CH4 by methanotrophic bacteria capable of using CH4 as their sole carbon and energy source has obtained great attention for biofuel production from this resource...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Naomi J Paull, Peter J Irga, Fraser R Torpy
Poor air quality is an emerging world-wide problem, with most urban air pollutants arising from vehicular emissions. As such, localized high pollution environments, such as traffic tunnels pose a significant health risk. Phytoremediation, including the use of active (ventilated) green walls or botanical biofilters, is gaining recognition as a potentially effective method for air pollution control. Research to date has tested the capacity of these systems to remove low levels of pollutants from indoor environments...
May 10, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Congbo Song, Chao Ma, Yanjie Zhang, Ting Wang, Lin Wu, Peng Wang, Yan Liu, Qian Li, Jinsheng Zhang, Qili Dai, Chao Zou, Luna Sun, Hongjun Mao
The relative importance of contributions of gasoline vehicles (GVs) and diesel vehicles (DVs), heavy-duty diesel vehicles (HDDVs) and non-HDDVs to on-road vehicle emissions remains unclear. Vehicle emission factors (EFs), including fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ), NO-NO2 -NOx , and carbon monoxide (CO), were measured (August 4-18, 2017) in an urban tunnel in Tianjin, northern China. The average EFs (mg km-1 veh-1 ) of the fleet were as follows: 9.21 (95% confidence interval: 1.60, 23.07) for PM2.5 , 62.08 (21...
May 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Hyeran Jeong, Donguk Park
The objectives of this study were to examine characteristics of peak concentrations, including frequency, duration, and relative magnitude, and estimate its contributions to overall daily exposure to BC by activity and microenvironment. We assessed daily personal exposures from August 2015 to January 2016 (75.2% of weekdays and 24.8% of weekend days; 64.1% of school days and 35.9% of holidays) among forty 10-12 years old children living in the Seoul metropolitan area. These children were equipped with a microaethalometer (BC monitor) and recorded a time-activity diary...
May 10, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
G Thilagavathi, C Praba Karan, Dipayan Das
This work reports on a series of thermally-bonded, hybrid and oil-sorbent nonwovens developed from binary and tertiary mixing of cotton, kapok, and three varieties of milkweed fibers (Asclepias Syriaca, Calotropis Procera and Calotropis Gigantea) and polypropylene fibers. The physical and chemical properties of the fibers were investigated to examine their oleophilic character. It was observed that all the fiber surfaces were covered with natural wax. Further, kapok and milkweed fibers were found to have less cell wall thickness and high void ratio...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Badreddine Barhoumi, Javier Castro-Jiménez, Catherine Guigue, Madeleine Goutx, Richard Sempéré, Abdelkader Derouiche, Amani Achour, Soufiane Touil, Mohamed Ridha Driss, Marc Tedetti
The aim of this study was to assess, for the first time, the concentrations, sources, dry deposition and human health risks of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), aliphatic hydrocarbons (AHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in total suspended particle (TSP) samples collected in Bizerte city, Tunisia (North Africa), during one year (March 2015-January 2016). Concentrations of PAHs, AHs, PCBs and OCPs ranged 0.5-17.8 ng m-3 , 6.7-126.5 ng m-3 , 0.3-11 pg m-3 and 0...
May 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
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