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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343359/characterization-of-pm2-5-chemical-composition-at-the-demokritos-suburban-station-in-athens-greece-the-influence-of-saharan-dust
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Vasiliki Vasilatou, Evangelia Diapouli, Dimitrios Abatzoglou, Evangelos B Bakeas, Michael Scoullos, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis
The aim of this work is to study the atmospheric concentrations of selected major and trace elements and ions found in PM2.5, at a suburban site in Athens, Greece, and discuss on the impact of the different sources. Special focus is given to the influence of Saharan dust episodes. The seasonal variability in the metal and ion concentrations is also examined. The results show that PM2.5 mass concentrations are significantly influenced by Saharan dust events; it is observed that when the PM2.5 concentration is higher than 25 μg/m(3), five out of six times, the air mass crossed North Africa at an altitude within the boundary layer...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343130/computational-study-of-ibuprofen-removal-from-water-by-adsorption-in-realistic-activated-carbons
#2
Daniel Bahamon, Leticia Carro, Sonia Guri, Lourdes F Vega
Molecular simulations using the Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) method have been performed in order to obtain physical insights on how the interaction between ibuprofen (IBP) and activated carbons (ACs) in aqueous mixtures affects IBP removal from water by ACs. A nanoporous carbon model based on units of polyaromatic molecules with different number of rings, defects and polar-oxygenated sites is described. Individual effects of factors such as porous features and chemical heterogeneities in the adsorbents are investigated and quantified...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343099/source-apportionments-of-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-in-israeli-jordanian-and-palestinian-cities
#3
Jongbae Heo, Bo Wu, Ziad Abdeen, Radwan Qasrawi, Jeremy A Sarnat, Geula Sharf, Kobby Shpund, James J Schauer
This manuscript evaluates spatial and temporal variations of source contributions to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian cities. Twenty-four hour integrated PM2.5 samples were collected every six days over a 1-year period (January to December 2007) in four cities in Israel (West Jerusalem, Eilat, Tel Aviv, and Haifa), four cities in Jordan (Amman, Aqaba, Rahma, and Zarka), and three cities in Palestine (Nablus, East Jerusalem, and Hebron). The PM2.5 samples were analyzed for major chemical components, including organic carbon and elemental carbon, ions, and metals, and the results were used in a positive matrix factorization (PMF) model to estimate source contributions to PM2...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343041/characterization-of-regional-cold-hydrothermal-inflows-enriched-in-arsenic-and-associated-trace-elements-in-the-southern-part-of-the-duero-basin-spain-by-multivariate-statistical-analysis
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Elena Giménez-Forcada, Marisol Vega-Alegre, Susana Timón-Sánchez
Naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater exceeding the limit for potability has been reported along the southern edge of the Cenozoic Duero Basin (CDB) near its contact with the Spanish Central System (SCS). In this area, spatial variability of arsenic is high, peaking at 241μg/L. Forty-seven percent of samples collected contained arsenic above the maximum allowable concentration for drinking water (10μg/L). Correlations of As with other hydrochemical variables were investigated using multivariate statistical analysis (Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, HCA and Principal Component Analysis, PCA)...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343038/physicochemical-characterization-of-ambient-pm2-5-in-tehran-air-and-its-potential-cytotoxicity-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells-a549
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Anoushiravan MohseniBandpi, Akbar Eslami, Abbas Shahsavani, Fariba Khodagholi, Abdolazim Alinejad
As air pollution is a major problem in Tehran, this study aimed to investigate the physicochemical characterization of the water-soluble and organic contents of ambient PM2.5 in Tehran and determine its in vitro toxicological impact on human lung epithelial cells (A549). A total of 11 sampling stations were selected, including three categories: traffic, urban, and suburban. All sampling was carried out in the spring and summer of 2015. Ion chromatography (IC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and GC-MS were used to analyze ionic compounds, heavy metals, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), respectively, and an ELISA reader was used for cytotoxicity analysis...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342994/persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-in-the-atmosphere-of-coastal-areas-of-the-ross-sea-antarctica-indications-for-long-term-downward-trends
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Karla Pozo, Tania Martellini, Simonetta Corsolini, Tom Harner, Victor Estellano, Petr Kukučka, Marie D Mulder, Gerhard Lammel, Alessandra Cincinelli
Passive air samplers were used to evaluate long-term trends and spatial distribution of trace organic compounds in Antarctica. Duplicate PUF disk samplers were deployed at six automatic weather stations in the coastal area of the Ross sea (East Antarctica), between December 2010 and January 2011, during the XXVI Italian Scientific Research Expedition. Among the investigated persistent organic compounds, Hexachlorobenzene was the most abundant, with air concentrations ranging from 0.8 to 50 pg m(-3). In general, the following decreasing concentration order was found for the air samples analyzed: HCB > PeCB > PCBs > DDTs > HCHs...
February 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342888/effect-of-exogenous-tgf-%C3%AE-1-on-the-cadmium-induced-nephrotoxicity-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-of-proximal-tubular-cells-through-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#7
Minyi Huang, Li Su, Limin Yang, Liangliang Zhu, Zhaowen Liu, Renyan Duan
Heavy metal polluted soils have been a serious problem for the global ecological balance and people's health. Cadmium (Cd), one of the heavy metals, could induce apoptosis of proximal tubular cells in many experimental models and lead to damage the human kidney. Here, we reported a potent chemokine TGF-β1 which could ameliorate cadmium-induced nephrotoxicity. Interestingly, western blotting and TUNEL staining assays indicated that PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling pathway was involved in the protective mechanism of TGF-β1 in vitro and in vivo...
March 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342687/analysis-of-the-best-available-techniques-for-wastewaters-from-a-denim-manufacturing-textile-mill
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H Yukseler, N Uzal, E Sahinkaya, M Kitis, F B Dilek, U Yetis
The present study was undertaken as the first plant scale application and evaluation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) within the context of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control/Industrial Emissions Directive to a textile mill in Turkey. A "best practice example" was developed for the textile sector; and within this context, BAT requirements for one of the World's leading denim manufacturing textile mills were determined. In order to achieve a sustainable wastewater management; firstly, a detailed wastewater characterization study was conducted and the possible candidate wastewaters to be reused within the mill were identified...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342592/polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-and-organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-in-sediments-from-an-urban-and-industrial-impacted-subtropical-estuary-babitonga-bay-brazil
#9
Juliane Rizzi, Satie Taniguchi, César C Martins
Babitonga Bay is a large estuary, which has been under pressure from anthropogenic activities coexisting with a natural area of Atlantic rainforest and mangrove systems. The concentration of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) was determined to evaluate the contamination status and the determine possible pollution sources in the estuary. The ∑DDT (sum of DDT, DDE and DDD concentrations) was the predominant OCP group, with concentrations ranging from <DL (below detection limit) to 122ng g(-1)...
March 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342548/in-situ-reactive-zone-with-modified-mg-oh-2-for-remediation-of-heavy-metal-polluted-groundwater-immobilization-and-interaction-of-cr-iii-pb-ii-and-cd-ii
#10
Jun Dong, Bowen Li, Qiburi Bao
Mg(OH)2 dissolves slowly and can provide a long-term source of alkalinity, thus a promising alternative reagent for the in situ remediation of heavy metal polluted groundwater. However, the application of Mg(OH)2 on in situ reactive zone (IRZ) for heavy metal polluted groundwater has never been investigated. In this study, the behaviors of heavy metals in a Mg(OH)2 IRZ were monitored for 45d. The heavy metals show a sequential precipitation by modified Mg(OH)2 due to the difference of Ksp. Column tests were conducted to investigate the temporal and spatial distribution of heavy metals in Mg(OH)2 IRZ and evaluate the stabilization effect for multi-heavy metal polluted groundwater...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342412/bacterial-community-responses-during-a-possible-co2-leaking-from-sub-seabed-storage-in-marine-polluted-sediments
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Ana R Borrero-Santiago, T Ángel DelValls, M Inmaculada Riba
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a viable option to reduce high concentrations of CO2 and mitigate their negative effects. This option has associated risks such as possible CO2 leakage from the storage sites. So far, negative effects deriving from a CO2 release have been reported for benthic macrofauna in both polluted and nonpolluted sediments. However, bacterial communities has no considered. In this work, risk assessment was carried out in order to evaluate the possible effects in a contaminated area considering bacterial responses (total number of cells, respiring activity, changes in the bacterial community composition and diversity)...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342386/association-between-environmental-factors-and-emergency-hospital-admissions-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-madrid
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D R Culqui, C Linares, C Ortiz, R Carmona, J Díaz
INTRODUCTION: There are scarce studies of time series that analysed the short-term association between emergency hospital admissions due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and environmental factors. The objective is to analyse the effect of heat waves, noise and air pollutants on urgent hospital admissions due to AD in Madrid. METHODS: Longitudinal ecological time series study was performed. The dependent variable was the emergency AD hospital admissions occurred in Madrid during the period 2001-2009...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342372/comparison-of-three-sequential-extraction-procedures-for-arsenic-fractionation-in-highly-polluted-sites
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Xiang Wan, Haochen Dong, Liu Feng, Zhijia Lin, Qiuchen Luo
Three sequential extraction procedures (SEPs) including Tessier, Rauret, and Shiowatana SEPs, were compared for arsenic fractionation using highly polluted soils. In the definition context of exchangeable, reducible, oxidizable and residual fractions, with similar arsenic recovery and reproducibility, Tessier and Rauret SEPs were comparable to each other, whereas Shiowatana SEP showed higher extraction efficiency in all the first three arsenic fractions, although it might overestimate the reducible arsenic...
March 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342360/ensemble-based-release-estimation-for-accidental-river-pollution-with-known-source-position
#14
Xiaole Zhang, Meng Huang
Dispersion model is an important tool for decision makers to accurately assess risks and effectively plan countermeasures during river pollution accidents, but their applications suffer from significant modeling uncertainties, primarily due to the scarce information of the source. A fully sequential inverse estimation method is proposed to reconstruct the temporal release for accidental river pollution. The method is based on a one-dimensional advection-dispersion model in conjunction with the augmented ensemble Kalman filter method...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342355/pd-nanospheres-decorated-reduced-graphene-oxide-with-multi-functions-highly-efficient-catalytic-reduction-and-ultrasensitive-sensing-of-hazardous-4-nitrophenol-pollutant
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A T Ezhil Vilian, Sang Rak Choe, Krishnan Giribabu, Sung-Chan Jang, Changhyun Roh, Yun Suk Huh, Young-Kyu Han
We illustrate a facile approach for in situ synthesis of Pd-gum arabic/reduced graphene oxide (Pd-GA/RGO) using GA as the reducing agent, which favors the instantaneous reduction of both Pd ions and GO into Pd nanoparticles (NPs) and RGO. From the morphological analysis of Pd-GA/RGO, we observed highly dispersed spherical 5nm Pd NPs decorated over RGO. The as-synthesized Pd-GA/RGO composite was employed for the catalytic reduction and the electrochemical detection of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), respectively. The catalytic reduction of 4-NP was highly pronounced for Pd-GA/RGO (5min) when compared to Pd NPs (140min) and Pd/RGO (36min)...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342352/mechanochemical-mechanism-of-rapid-dechlorination-of-hexachlorobenzene
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Shanshan Deng, Shaoguo Kang, Nannan Feng, Jianxin Zhu, Bo Yu, Xiaofeng Xie, Jing Chen
Recent researches indicate that mechanochemical treatment (MCT) is a promising method to degrade the environmental hazards, especially in the area of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) disposal. However, the mechanochemical dechlorination mechanism of POPs still needs to be further verified. In this mechanochemical process, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) was chosen as a model pollutant with aluminum and alumina (Al+Al2O3) powders as the co-milling regents. Both of the intermediate analysis and quantum chemical calculations were adopted to elucidate the free radical dechlorination mechanism of HCB...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342350/challenges-for-tree-officers-to-enhance-the-provision-of-regulating-ecosystem-services-from-urban-forests
#17
Helen J Davies, Kieron J Doick, Malcolm D Hudson, Kate Schreckenberg
Urbanisation and a changing climate are leading to more frequent and severe flood, heat and air pollution episodes in Britain's cities. Interest in nature-based solutions to these urban problems is growing, with urban forests potentially able to provide a range of regulating ecosystem services such as stormwater attenuation, heat amelioration and air purification. The extent to which these benefits are realized is largely dependent on urban forest management objectives, the availability of funding, and the understanding of ecosystem service concepts within local governments, the primary delivery agents of urban forests...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342339/a-novel-hybrid-strategy-for-pm2-5-concentration-analysis-and-prediction
#18
Ping Jiang, Qingli Dong, Peizhi Li
The analysis and prediction of air pollutants are of great significance in environmental research today since airborne pollution is a substantial threat, especially in urban agglomerations of China. To develop more effective warning systems and management advice, the authorities and city dwellers need more accurate forecasts of the air pollution. Most previous analysis systems were based on costly observation apparatus at fixed sites, forecasting models were usually built on observations within a certain range, and some observations contained biases...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342332/steady-state-and-dynamic-behaviors-of-a-methane-biofilter-under-periodic-addition-of-ethanol-vapors
#19
Milad Ferdowsi, Antonio Avalos Ramirez, J Peter Jones, Michèle Heitz
Ethanol was added to a methane (CH4) biofilter with inorganic packing materials over three cycles based on increasing the gas flow rates from 3 to 6 and finally to 12 L min(-1) corresponding to empty bed residence times (EBRT) of 6, 3 and 1.5 min. The steady state performance of the CH4 biofilter was studied for CH4 inlet loads (ILs) of 33, 66 and 132 gCH4 m(-3) h(-1) prior and after each ethanol cycle. In addition, the steady state removal of a mixture of CH4 and ethanol for a CH4/ethanol mass ratio of around 7...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342328/reproductive-toxicity-of-%C3%AE-diketone-antibiotic-mixtures-to-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#20
Xuedong Wang, Yan Ma, Jinfeng Liu, Xiaohan Yin, Zhiheng Zhang, Caihong Wang, Yanyan Li, Huili Wang
So far, few data are available on the reproductive toxicological assessment of β-diketone antibiotics (DKAs), a class of ubiquitous pseudo-persistent pollutant, in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Herein, we reported the reproductive effects of DKAs by means of transcriptome analysis (F1-zebrafish), changes in a series of reproductive indices (F0-zebrafish) and histopathological observations. A total of 1170, 983 and 1399 genes were found to be differentially expressed when compared control vs. 6.25mg/L, control vs...
March 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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