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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101730/concepts-for-studying-urban-environmental-justice
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REVIEW
Jason Corburn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper offers research frameworks for understanding and acting to address urban environmental justice. Urban neighborhoods tend to concentrate and colocate vulnerable people and toxic environments. Cities are also where the poor and people of color tend to be disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards, such as air pollution, lead in paint and water, and polluting industries. RECENT FINDINGS: Researchers and government agencies are increasingly recognizing the need to document cumulative exposures that the urban poor and people of color experience in addition to environmental hazards...
January 18, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101717/trace-metals-accumulation-in-soil-irrigated-with-polluted-water-and-assessment-of-human-health-risk-from-vegetable-consumption-in-bangladesh
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REVIEW
Md Atikul Islam, Davor Romić, Md Ali Akber, Marija Romić
Trace metals accumulation in soil irrigated with polluted water and human health risk from vegetable consumption was assessed based on the data available in the literature on metals pollution of water, soil, sediment and vegetables from the cites of Bangladesh. The quantitative data on metal concentrations, their contamination levels and their pollution sources have not been systematically gathered and studied so far. The data on metal concentrations, sources, contamination levels, sample collection and analytical tools used were collected, compared and discussed...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100417/long-range-and-regional-transported-size-resolved-atmospheric-aerosols-during-summertime-in-urban-shanghai
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Xiaoxiao Ding, Lingdong Kong, Chengtian Du, Assiya Zhanzakova, Lin Wang, Hongbo Fu, Jianmin Chen, Xin Yang, Tiantao Cheng
In this study, the concentrations of water soluble ions (WSI), organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC) of size-resolved (0.056-18μm) atmospheric aerosols were measured in July and August 2015 in Shanghai, China. Backward trajectory model and potential source contribution function (PSCF) model were used to identify the potential source distributions of size-resolved particles and PM1.8-associated atmospheric inorganic and carbonaceous aerosols. The results showed that the average mass concentrations of PM0...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099893/lead-binding-capacity-of-calcium-pectates-with-different-molecular-weight
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Maksim Khotimchenko, Ksenia Makarova, Elena Khozhaenko, Valeri Kovalev
Nowadays, heavy metal contamination of environment is considered as a serious threat to public health because of toxicity of these pollutants and the lack of effective materials with metal-binding properties. Some biopolymers such as pectins were proposed for removal of metal ions from industrial water disposals. Chemical structure of pectins is quite variable and substantially affects their metal binding properties. In this work, relationship between molecular weight and Pb(II)-binding capacity of calcium pectates was investigated in a batch sorption system...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097924/enhancing-the-performance-of-electro-peroxone-by-incorporation-of-uv-irradiation-and-bdd-anodes
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Nasr Bensalah, Ahmed Bedoui
In this work, the treatment of 4-nitrophenol (NP) in water by ozonation, electrolysis, electro-peroxone (EP), and photo-electro-peroxone (PEP) processes was investigated. PEP process is based on the combination of ozonation, UV irradiation, and electrolysis using carbon felt cathode and Boron Doped Diamond (BDD) anode. In this process, H2O2 is electrochemically generated from reduction of O2 in the ozone generator effluent at a carbon felt cathode. The insitu generated H2O2 is simultaneously decomposed by UV- photolysis and by reaction with O3 to form HO(-) radicals that can rapidly and non-selectively oxidize organic pollutants...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097861/light-driven-au-wo3-c-janus-micromotors-for-rapid-photodegradation-of-dye-pollutants
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Qilu Zhang, Renfeng Dong, Yefei Wu, Wei Gao, Zihan He, Biye Ren
A novel light-driven Au-WO3@C Janus micromotor based on colloidal carbon WO3 nanoparticle composite spheres (WO3@C) prepared by one-step hydrothermal treatment is described. The Janus micromotors can move in aqueous media at a speed of 16 μm/s under 40 mW/cm2 UV light due to diffusiophoretic effects. The propulsion of such Au-WO3@C Janus micromotors (diameter ~1.0 μm) can be generated by UV light in pure water without any external chemical fuels and readily modulated by light intensity. After depositing a paramagnetic Ni layer between Au layer and WO3, the motion direction of the micromotor can be precisely controlled by an external magnetic field...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095253/lichen-microalgae-are-sensitive-to-environmental-concentrations-of-atrazine
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Helena Moreno Traba, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Eva Barreno, Myriam Catalá
The identification of new organisms for environmental toxicology bioassays is currently a priority, since these tools are strongly limited by the ecological relevance of taxa used to study global change. Lichens are sensitive bioindicators of air quality and their microalgae are an untapped source for new low-cost miniaturized bioassays with ecological importance. In order to increase the availability of a wider range of taxa for bioassays, the sensitivity of two symbiotic lichen microalgae, Asterochloris erici and Trebouxia sp...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094471/cleanable-air-filter-transferring-moisture-and-effectively-capturing-pm2-5
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Xinglei Zhao, Yuyao Li, Ting Hua, Pan Jiang, Xia Yin, Jianyong Yu, Bin Ding
The lethal danger of particulate matter (PM) pollution on health leads to the development of challenging individual protection materials that should ideally exhibit a high PM2.5 purification efficiency, low air resistance, an important moisture-vapor transmission rate (MVTR), and an easy-to-clean property. Herein, a cleanable air filter able to rapidly transfer moisture and efficiently capture PM2.5 is designed by electrospinning superhydrophilic polyacrylonitrile/silicon-dioxide fibers as the adsorption-desorption vector for moisture-vapor, and hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride fibers as the repellent components to avoid the formation of capillary water under high humidity...
January 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094204/microbial-contamination-of-drinking-water-from-risky-tubewells-situated-in-different-hydrological-regions-of-bangladesh
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Nepal C Dey, Mahmood Parvez, Digbijoy Dey, Ratnajit Saha, Lucky Ghose, Milan K Barua, Akramul Islam, Mushtaque R Chowdhury
This study, conducted in 40 selected upazilas covering four hydrological regions of Bangladesh, aimed at determining the risk of selected shallow tubewells (depth<30m) used for drinking purpose (n=26,229). This was based on WHO's sanitary inspection guidelines and identifying the association of sanitary inspection indicators and risk scores with microbiological contamination of shallow tubewells. The main objective of the study was to observe the seasonal and regional differences of microbial contamination and finally reaching a conclusion about safe distance between tubewells and latrines by comparing the contamination of two tubewell categories (category-1: distance ≤10m from nearest latrine; n=80 and category 2: distances 11-20m from nearest latrine; n=80) in different geographical contexts...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093045/exploring-urban-health-in-cape-town-south-africa-an-interdisciplinary-analysis-of-secondary-data
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Rebekka Mumm, Sonia Diaz-Monsalve, Eva Hänselmann, Johanna Freund, Michael Wirsching, Jan Gärtner, Richard Gminski, Katrin Vögtlin, Mirjam Körner, Lena Zirn, Ursula Wittwer-Backofen, Tolu Oni, Axel Kroeger
BACKGROUND: With modern information technology, an overwhelming amount of data is available on different aspects of societies. Our research investigated the feasibility of using secondary data sources to get an overview of determinants of health and health outcomes in different population strata of Cape Town, a large city of South Africa. METHODS: The methodological approach of secondary-data analysis was similar in the different disciplines: Biological Anthropology, Public Health, Environmental Health, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Medical Psychology and Sociology at the University of Freiburg and Public Health at the University of Cape Town...
January 17, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092766/effect-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-phytotoxicity-of-sediments-contaminated-by-phenanthrene-and-cadmium
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Biao Song, Guangming Zeng, Jilai Gong, Peng Zhang, Jiaqin Deng, Canhui Deng, Jin Yan, Piao Xu, Cui Lai, Chen Zhang, Min Cheng
To implement effective control and abatement programs for contaminants accumulating in sediments, strategies are needed for evaluating the quality of amended sediments. In this study, phytotoxicity of the sediments contaminated by cadmium and phenanthrene was evaluated after in situ remediation with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as adsorbents. Adsorption experiments and measurement of aqueous concentrations of the contaminants in overlying water were used to investigate the remediation effectiveness from physical and chemical aspects...
January 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092743/stable-isotope-composition-of-mercury-forms-in-flue-gases-from-a-typical-coal-fired-power-plant-inner-mongolia-northern-china
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Shunlin Tang, Chaohui Feng, Xinbin Feng, Jianming Zhu, Ruoyu Sun, Huipeng Fan, Lina Wang, Ruiyang Li, Tonghua Mao, Ting Zhou
Mercury forms emitted from coal combustion via air pollution control devices are speculated to carry different Hg isotope signatures. Yet, their Hg isotope composition is still not reported. Here, we present the first onsite Hg isotope data for gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) and gaseous oxidized Hg (GOM) of flue gases from a typical lignite-fired power plant (CFPP). Significant mass dependent fractionation (MDF) and insignificant mass independent fractionation (MIF) are observed between feed coal and coal combustion products...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092617/supplementation-of-pigs-diet-with-zinc-and-copper-as-alternative-to-conventional-antimicrobials
#13
B Dębski
Modern commercial pig farming systems inflict increased stress in animals, which often leads to various negative changes in the gastro-intestinal tract, especially in the case of piglets. Ban of antibiotics, used as growth promoters, has caused a need for alternatives to conventional antimicrobials in swine diets. Use of pre-/or probiotics, organic acids and plant extracts is often recommended, but it seems that zinc oxide and cooper salts, which were traditionally included in high doses to piglets diet, possess the highest efficacy...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092007/study-of-the-genotoxicity-of-organic-extracts-from-wastewater-irrigated-vegetables-using-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biological-tests
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Hongxia Gao, Yanhua Cao, Yingli Liu, Nan Liu, Weijun Guan
The purpose of this study was to explore genotoxicity due to organic pollutants in wastewater-irrigated vegetables using biological and chemical analyses. Chinese cabbages from wastewater-irrigated farmland were taken as the research object. For the in vitro test, DNA damage was characterized in rat hepatocytes exposed to organic extracts from the cabbages using the comet assay. For the in vivo tests, mice were exposed to organic extracts from the cabbages. DNA damage was assessed in mouse peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), and chromosome damage was assessed in bone marrow cells using the comet assay and micronucleus test, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092006/the-efficiency-of-eichhornia-crassipes-in-the-removal-of-organic-and-inorganic-pollutants-from-wastewater-a-review
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Saurabh Mishra, Abhijit Maiti
Water is a basic necessity of life, but due to overextraction and heavy input of nutrients from domestic and industrial sources, the contamination level of water bodies increase. In the last few decades, a potential interest has been aroused to treat wastewater by biological methodologies before discharge into the natural water bodies. Phytoremediation using water hyacinth is found to be an effective biological wastewater treatment method. Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), a notorious weed, being the most promising plant for removal of contaminants from wastewater is studied extensively in this regard...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091988/genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-reduction-of-the-polluted-urban-river-after-ecological-restoration-a-field-scale-study-of-jialu-river-in-northern-china
#16
Jie Sun, Rui Zhang, Long Qin, Haixiao Zhu, Yu Huang, Yingang Xue, Shuqing An, Xianchuan Xie, Aimin Li
To further treat the reclaimed municipal wastewater and rehabilitate the aquatic ecosystem of polluted urban rivers, an 18.5-km field-scale ecological restoration project was constructed along Jialu River, a polluted urban river which receives only reclaimed municipal wastewater from Zhengzhou City without natural upland water dilution. This study investigated the potential efficiency of water quality improvement, as well as genotoxicity and cytotoxicity reduction along the ecological restoration project of this polluted urban river...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091886/levels-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-breast-milk-of-maya-women-in-yucatan-mexico
#17
Ángel G Polanco Rodríguez, M Inmaculada Riba López, T Angel DelValls Casillas, Jesús Alfredo Araujo León, B Anjan Kumar Prusty, Fernando J Álvarez Cervera
In this study, 24 breast milk samples, obtained from rural Maya women, from municipalities of Yucatan, Mexico, were analyzed for organochlorine pesticide (OCP) residues by gas chromatography. Recent studies have shown that Maya communities have a poor perception about the proper usage and handling of OCP. The karstic soil in this area has a high vulnerability to groundwater pollution by the use of OCP in agriculture and livestock activities. The impact of the ecosystem on human health is much more critical due to the prevailing poverty and a very low educational level of these communities...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091883/ground-penetrating-radar-gpr-responses-for-sub-surface-salt-contamination-and-solid-waste-modeling-and-controlled-lysimeter-studies
#18
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/28089531/predicting-the-particle-size-distribution-of-eroded-sediment-using-artificial-neural-networks
#19
María Paz Lagos-Avid, Carlos A Bonilla
Water erosion causes soil degradation and nonpoint pollution. Pollutants are primarily transported on the surfaces of fine soil and sediment particles. Several soil loss models and empirical equations have been developed for the size distribution estimation of the sediment leaving the field, including the physically-based models and empirical equations. Usually, physically-based models require a large amount of data, sometimes exceeding the amount of available data in the modeled area. Conversely, empirical equations do not always predict the sediment composition associated with individual events and may require data that are not always available...
January 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089464/temperature-dependent-conformational-variation-of-chromophoric-dissolved-organic-matter-and-its-consequent-interaction-with-phenanthrene
#20
Wei Chen, Xiao-Yang Liu, Han-Qing Yu
Temperature variation caused by climate change, seasonal variation and geographic locations affects the physicochemical compositions of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM), resulting in difference in the fates of CDOM-related environmental pollutants. Exploration into the thermal induced structural transition of CDOM can help to better understand their environmental impacts, but information on this aspect is still lacking. Through integrating fluorescence excitation-emission matrix coupled parallel factor analysis with synchronous fluorescence two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy, this study provides an in-depth insight into the temperature-dependent conformational transitions of CDOM and their impact on its hydrophobic interaction with persistent organic pollutants (with phenanthrene as an example) in water...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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