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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445642/the-predictive-power-of-clean-bed-filtration-theory-for-fecal-indicator-bacteria-removal-in-stormwater-biofilters
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Emily Parker, Megan A Rippy, Andrew Mehring, Brandon Winfrey, Richard F Ambrose, Lisa A Levin, Stanley B Grant
Green infrastructure (also referred to as low impact development, or LID) has the potential to transform urban stormwater runoff from an environmental threat to a valuable water resource. In this paper we focus on the removal of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB, a pollutant responsible for runoff-associated inland and coastal beach closures) in stormwater biofilters (a common type of green infrastructure). Drawing on a combination of previously published and new laboratory studies of FIB removal in biofilters, we find that 66% of the variance in FIB removal rates can be explained by clean bed filtration theory (CBFT, 31%), antecedent dry period (14%), study effect (8%), biofilter age (7%), and the presence or absence of shrubs (6%)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436522/integrated-hydrogen-evolution-and-water-cleaning-via-a-robust-graphene-supported-noble-metal-free-fe1-xcoxs2-system
#2
Yingying Fan, Dandan Wang, Dongxue Han, Yingming Ma, Shuang Ni, Zhonghui Sun, Xiandui Dong, Li Niu
In an electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) system, a cathodic H(+) resource, an anodic sacrificial agent and a robust catalyst are three essential factors. Industry wastewater emissions, containing high levels of acidity and organic dyes, actually can satisfy the material requirements for the HER. Herein, a new HER method is proposed, taking acidic ions from wastewater as a cathodic resource to produce H2, while organic dye waste acts as an anodic sacrifice to balance the reaction. In such a way, a sustainable H2 energy source can be generated and clean water is obtained as well...
April 24, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435777/recent-progress-in-metal-organic-frameworks-for-applications-in-electrocatalytic-and-photocatalytic-water-splitting
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Wei Wang, Xiaomin Xu, Wei Zhou, Zongping Shao
The development of clean and renewable energy materials as alternatives to fossil fuels is foreseen as a potential solution to the crucial problems of environmental pollution and energy shortages. Hydrogen is an ideal energy material for the future, and water splitting using solar/electrical energy is one way to generate hydrogen. Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a class of porous materials with unique properties that have received rapidly growing attention in recent years for applications in water splitting due to their remarkable design flexibility, ultra-large surface-to-volume ratios and tunable pore channels...
April 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431385/a-method-for-evaluating-the-pharmaceutical-deconjugation-potential-in-river-water-environments
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Takashi Azuma, Mao Ishida, Kanae Hisamatsu, Ayami Yunoki, Kana Otomo, Mari Kunitou, Mai Shimizu, Kaori Hosomaru, Shiori Mikata, Yoshiki Mino
A new enzymatic assay method that uses deconjugation enzymes was developed to evaluate the presence and extent of conjugated pharmaceuticals in the form of glucuronide conjugates or sulphate conjugates in river environments. First, acetaminophen glucuronide (Ace Glu) and acetaminophen sulphate (Ace Sul) were used as model conjugated pharmaceuticals to determine the appropriate combination of deconjugation enzymes and reaction conditions, including temperature, duration and pH. Next, we applied the defined method to 19 pharmaceuticals grouped into nine therapeutic classes that were chosen based on previously detected levels and frequencies in sewage and river water...
April 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426646/community-mitigation-guidelines-to-prevent-pandemic-influenza-united-states-2017
#5
Noreen Qualls, Alexandra Levitt, Neha Kanade, Narue Wright-Jegede, Stephanie Dopson, Matthew Biggerstaff, Carrie Reed, Amra Uzicanin
When a novel influenza A virus with pandemic potential emerges, nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) often are the most readily available interventions to help slow transmission of the virus in communities, which is especially important before a pandemic vaccine becomes widely available. NPIs, also known as community mitigation measures, are actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections, including seasonal and pandemic influenza viruses.These guidelines replace the 2007 Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States - Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (https://stacks...
April 21, 2017: MMWR. Recommendations and Reports: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Recommendations and Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426083/energetic-isomers-of-1-2-4-5-tetrazine-bis-1-2-4-triazoles-with-low-toxicity
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A Shlomovich, T Pechersky, A Cohen, Q L Yan, M Kosa, N Petrutik, N Tal, A Aizikovich, M Gozin
A series of nitrogen-rich "green" Energetic Materials (EMs), some with improved sensitivity, thermostability, and very low toxicity, were synthesized on the basis of 3,5-diamino-1,2,4-triazole (DAT) and 1,2,4,5-tetrazine building blocks. Since DAT contains several nucleophilic reactive sites, obtaining selective reactivity and specific isomeric products with 1,2,4,5-tetrazine precursors is a challenging task. We developed reaction conditions under which specific isomers could be prepared. On evaluating these compounds for their energetic properties, we found that N(5),N(5)'-(1,2,4,5-tetrazine-3,6-diyl)-bis(1H-1,2,4-triazole-3,5-diamine) 1 has very high thermostability (onset of decomposition temperature at 357 °C) and it is insensitive to impact (Im > 98 J), friction (>360 N) and electrostatic discharge (2512 mJ)...
April 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420130/gaseous-elemental-mercury-and-total-and-leached-mercury-in-building-materials-from-the-former-hg-mining-area-of-abbadia-san-salvatore-central-italy
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Orlando Vaselli, Barbara Nisi, Daniele Rappuoli, Jacopo Cabassi, Franco Tassi
Mercury has a strong environmental impact since both its organic and inorganic forms are toxic, and it represents a pollutant of global concern. Liquid Hg is highly volatile and can be released during natural and anthropogenic processes in the hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. In this study, the distribution of Gaseous Elemental Mercury (GEM) and the total and leached mercury concentrations on paint, plaster, roof tiles, concrete, metals, dust and wood structures were determined in the main buildings and structures of the former Hg-mining area of Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena, Central Italy)...
April 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419678/secondary-compounds-from-exotic-tree-plantations-change-female-mating-preferences-in-the-palmate-newt-lissotriton-helveticus
#8
Maider Iglesias-Carrasco, Megan L Head, Michael D Jennions, Carlos Cabido
Selection can favor phenotypic plasticity in mate choice in response to environmental factors that alter the costs and benefits of being choosy, or of choosing specific mates. Human-induced environmental change could alter sexual selection by affecting the costs of mate choice, or by impairing the ability of individuals to identify preferred mates. For example, variation in mate choice could be driven by environmentally induced differences in body condition (e.g. health) that change the cost of choosiness, or by environmental effects on the ability to detect or discriminate sexual signals...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414423/robust-fluorine-free-superhydrophobic-amino-silicone-oil-sio2-modification-of-electrospun-polyacrylonitrile-membranes-for-waterproof-breathable-application
#9
Junlu Sheng, Yue Xu, Jianyong Yu, Bin Ding
Superhydrophobic waterproof-breathable membranes have attracted considerable interest owing to their multifunctional applications in self-cleaning, anti-icing, anticorrosion, outdoor tents, and protective clothing. Despite the researches pertaning to the construction of superhydrophobic functional membranes by nanoparticle finishing have increased drastically, the disconnected particle component is easy to fall off from the membranes under deformation and wear conditions, which has restricted their wide use in practice...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413994/biological-methods-for-heavy-metal-decontamination-a-patent-review
#10
Vinay Sharma, Rupesh K Mishra
BACKGROUND: In the modern age of globalization and fast industrialization, the environmental matters are fetching more and more annoyance for human being. Heavy metals occur in immobilized form in sediments and as aggregates in nature. However due to the different human activities like ore mining and industrial processes, the natural biogeochemical cycles are disordered instigating amplified deposition of heavy metals in aquatic environments. The most common pollution causing heavy metals are considered to be the mercury, arsenic, lead, copper, silver, cadmium...
April 17, 2017: Recent Patents on Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412579/equilibrium-thermodynamic-and-kinetic-investigations-for-biosorption-of-uranium-with-green-algae-cladophora-hutchinsiae
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Esra Bağda, Mustafa Tuzen, Ahmet Sarı
Removal of toxic chemicals from environmental samples with low-cost methods and materials are very useful approach for especially large-scale applications. Green algae are highly abundant biomaterials which are employed as useful biosorbents in many studies. In the present study, an interesting type of green algae, Cladophora hutchinsiae (C. hutchinsiae) was used for removal of highly toxic chemical such as uranium. The pH, biosorbent concentration, contact time and temperature were optimized as 5.0, 12 g/L, 60 min and 20 °C, respectively...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412024/prevalence-of-bacterial-contamination-in-platelet-concentrates-at-the-national-center-of-blood-transfusion-mexico
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G Ibáñez-Cervantes, J M Bello-López, V Fernández-Sánchez, C A Domínguez-Mendoza, L I Acevedo-Alfaro
OBJECTIVES: Most common bacterial sepsis associated with transfusion is caused by contaminated Platelet Concentrates (PC). The screening of PC to detect bacterial contamination is obligatory in Mexico, and it is carried out in quality control programs. In Mexico, the identification and molecular characterization of bacterial contaminants to detect contamination sources have not been implemented due to high costs; however, it is an actual current need. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred PC were randomly selected and microbiologically analyzed...
April 12, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407832/-effect-of-air-pollution-on-respiratory-health-in-school-aged-children-in-the-main-urban-area-of-chongqing-china
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Ming-Yue Fan, Xu Tang, Wei Huang, Hua Dai, Xing-Can Liu, Yin-Yin Xia, Pan Meng, Rui-Yuan Zhang, Yu-Ming Guo, Shu-Qun Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of air pollution on respiratory health in school-aged children in the main urban area of Chongqing, China. METHODS: The main urban area of Chongqing was divided into polluted area and clean area according to the air pollution data shown on the Environmental Protection Agency Website of Chongqing between 2010 and 2015. A cluster sampling method was used to select 695 third- or fourth-grade children from 2 primary schools in the clean or polluted area as study subjects, with 313 children from the clean area and 382 children from the polluted area...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406202/finding-pathways-to-national-scale-land-sector-sustainability
#14
Lei Gao, Brett A Bryan
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets under Agenda 2030 of the United Nations map a coherent global sustainability ambition at a level of detail general enough to garner consensus amongst nations. However, achieving the global agenda will depend heavily on successful national-scale implementation, which requires the development of effective science-driven targets tailored to specific national contexts and supported by strong national governance. Here we assess the feasibility of achieving multiple SDG targets at the national scale for the Australian land-sector...
April 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405939/simple-and-environmentally-friendly-fabrication-of-superhydrophobic-alkyl-ketene-dimer-coated-maldi-concentration-plates
#15
Joakim Romson, Johan Jacksén, Åsa Emmer
Here we present a method to manufacture peptide-concentrating MALDI-plates with alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) as a new superhydrophobic coating. The fabrication of the hydrophobic plates included application of AKD by airbrush, and negative contact printing to generate the concentration sites. Deposited sample droplets were contained within the prestructured sites, and self-adjusted onto the site if slightly misplaced. No AKD contamination was observed, and the plates could easily be cleaned and regenerated. The S/N values for four model peptides was about twice as high compared with a standard steel plate and a commercial concentration plate...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400001/campylobacter-jejuni-survival-in-a-poultry-processing-plant-environment
#16
Lourdes García-Sánchez, Beatriz Melero, Isabel Jaime, Marja-Liisa Hänninen, Mirko Rossi, Jordi Rovira
Campylobacteriosis is the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Consumption of poultry, especially chicken's meat is considered the most common route for human infection. The aim of this study was to determine if Campylobacter spp. might persist in the poultry plant environment before and after cleaning and disinfection procedures and the distribution and their genetic relatedness. During one month from a poultry plant were analyzed a total of 494 samples -defeathering machine, evisceration machine, floor, sink, conveyor belt, shackles and broiler meat- in order to isolate C...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397116/extended-use-of-grey-water-for-irrigating-home-gardens-in-an-arid-environment
#17
Abdulrahim M Al-Ismaili, Mushtaque Ahmed, Ahmed Al-Busaidi, Seif Al-Adawi, Roman Tandlich, Mohammed Al-Amri
The use of treated grey water (GW) for home gardens, peri-urban agriculture and landscaping is becoming popular in many water stressed countries such as Oman. This study aims to investigate the treatment efficacy, health and chemical concerns, cost-benefits and maintenance protocol of a GW treatment system as well as the effect of irrigation with GW on crop yield. Therefore, a decentralized homemade GW treatment system was installed in a newly constructed house in Muscat, Oman and studied over a 2-year period...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396277/duodenoscope-reprocessing-surveillance-with-adenosine-triphosphate-testing-and-terminal-cultures-a-clinical-pilot-study
#18
Kavel Visrodia, Yuri Hanada, Kelly M Pennington, Pritish K Tosh, Mark D Topazian, Bret T Petersen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent reports of infectious outbreaks linked to duodenoscopes have led to proposals for duodenoscope surveillance culturing, which has inherent limitations. We aimed to assess the feasibility of real-time adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing after manual cleaning, and its ability to predict reprocessing adequacy, as determined by terminal duodenoscope cultures. METHODS: Clinically used duodenoscopes underwent reprocessing per current guidelines...
April 7, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395317/indoor-air-quality-in-photocopy-centers-nanoparticle-exposures-at-photocopy-workstations-and-the-need-for-exposure-controls
#19
John Martin, Philip Demokritou, Susan Woskie, Dhimiter Bello
Background: Photocopiers emit large amounts of nanoparticles (NP) and are a significant source of indoor air pollution. These emissions induce airway inflammation, irritation, and systemic oxidative stress in humans, lung injury and inflammation in animals, and cytotoxicity and epigenetic modifications in vitro. However, little is known regarding NP exposures at the workstation in the photocopy work environment, or the extent and use of emission controls. Objective: To survey the photocopy work environment with regards to emissions controls and to evaluate IAQ with emphasis on NP exposure at the operator's workstation...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395309/bivariate-left-censored-bayesian-model-for-predicting-exposure-preliminary-analysis-of-worker-exposure-during-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
#20
Caroline Groth, Sudipto Banerjee, Gurumurthy Ramachandran, Mark R Stenzel, Dale P Sandler, Aaron Blair, Lawrence S Engel, Richard K Kwok, Patricia A Stewart
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, releasing almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the ensuing 3 months. Thousands of oil spill workers participated in the spill response and clean-up efforts. The GuLF STUDY being conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is an epidemiological study to investigate potential adverse health effects among these oil spill clean-up workers. Many volatile chemicals were released from the oil into the air, including total hydrocarbons (THC), which is a composite of the volatile components of oil including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and hexane (BTEXH)...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
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