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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929286/e-waste-management-and-sustainability-a-case-study-in-brazil
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Luís Peres Azevedo, Fernando Gabriel da Silva Araújo, Carlos Alberto Ferreira Lagarinhos, Jorge Alberto Soares Tenório, Denise Crocce Romano Espinosa
The advancement of technology and development of new electronic and electrical equipment with a reduced life cycle has increased the need for the disposal of them (called Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment or simply e-waste) due to defects presented during use, replacement of obsolete equipment, and ease of acquisition of new equipment. There is a lack of consumer awareness regarding the use, handling storage, and disposal of this equipment. In Brazil, the disposal of post-consumer waste is regulated by the National Solid Waste Policy, established by Law No...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923461/blood-levels-of-toxic-metals-and-rare-earth-elements-commonly-found-in-e-waste-may-exert-subtle-effects-on-hemoglobin-concentration-in-sub-saharan-immigrants
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Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Luis D Boada, Cristina Carranza, José Luis Pérez-Arellano, Ana González-Antuña, María Camacho, Maira Almeida-González, Manuel Zumbado, Octavio P Luzardo
Pollution by heavy metals and more recently by rare earth elements (REE) and other minor elements (ME) has increased due in part to their high use in technological and electronic devices. This contamination can become very relevant in those sites where e-waste is improperly processed, as it is the case in many countries of the African continent. Exposure to some toxic elements has been associated to certain hematological disorders, specifically anemia. In this study, the concentrations of 48 elements (including REE and other ME) were determined by ICP-MS in whole blood samples of sub-Saharan immigrants with anemia (n=63) and without anemia (n=78)...
September 15, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911793/passive-air-sampling-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-in-new-delhi-kolkata-mumbai-and-chennai-levels-homologous-profiling-and-source-apportionment
#3
Paromita Chakraborty, Gan Zhang, Hairong Cheng, Prithiviraj Balasubramanian, Jun Li, Kevin C Jones
Several studies in the recent past reported new sources for industrial persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from metropolitan cities of India. To fill the data gap for atmospheric polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polyurethane foam disk passive air sampling (PUF-PAS) was conducted along urban-suburban-rural transects in four quadrilateral cities viz., New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai from northern, eastern, western and southern India respectively. Average concentration of Σ8PBDEs in pg/m(3) for New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were 198, 135, 264 and 144 respectively...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903176/assessment-of-pcbs-and-exposure-risk-to-infants-in-breast-milk-of-primiparae-and-multiparae-mothers-in-an-electronic-waste-hot-spot-and-non-hot-spot-areas-in-ghana
#4
Anita Asamoah, David Kofi Essumang, Jens Muff, Sergey V Kucheryavskiy, Erik Gydesen Søgaard
The aim of the study was to assess the levels of PCBs in the breast milk of some Ghanaian women at suspected hotspot and relatively non-hotspot areas and to find out if the levels of these PCBs pose any risk to the breastfed infants. A total of 128 individual human breast milk were sampled from both primiparae and multiparae mothers. The levels of PCBs in the milk samples were compared. Some of these mothers (105 individuals) work or reside in and around Agbogbloshie (hot-spot), the largest electric and electronic waste dump and recycling site in Accra, Ghana...
September 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898811/modelling-the-correlations-of-e-waste-quantity-with-economic-increase
#5
Abhishek Kumar Awasthi, Federica Cucchiella, Idiano D'Adamo, Jinhui Li, Paolo Rosa, Sergio Terzi, Guoyin Wei, Xianlai Zeng
Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE or e-waste) is regarded as one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world and is becoming an emerging issue owing to adverse consequences on the natural environment and the human health. This research article reveals the presence of a strong linear correlation among global e-waste generation and Gross Domestic Product. The obtained results indicate that the best fit for data can be reached by comparing e-waste collected volumes and GDP PPS. More in detail, an increase of 1000 GDP PPS means an additional 0...
September 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889266/occupational-metal-exposure-and-parkinsonism
#6
W Michael Caudle
Parkinsonism is comprised of a host of neurological disorders with an underlying clinical feature of movement disorder, which includes many shared features of bradykinesia, tremor, and rigidity. These clinical outcomes occur subsequent to pathological deficits focused on degeneration or dysfunction of the nigrostriatal dopamine system and accompanying pathological inclusions of alpha-synuclein and tau. The heterogeneity of parkinsonism is equally matched with the complex etiology of this syndrome. While a small percentage can be attributed to genetic alterations, the majority arise from an environmental exposure, generally composed of pesticides, industrial compounds, as well as metals...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866877/occurrence-and-source-effect-of-novel-brominated-flame-retardants-nbfrs-in-soils-from-five-asian-countries-and-its-relationship-with-pbdes
#7
Wen-Long Li, Wan-Li Ma, Zifeng Zhang, Liyan Liu, Wei-Wei Song, Hongliang Jia, Yong-Sheng Ding, Haruhiko Nakata, Nguyen Hung Minh, Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Hyo-Bang Moon, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ed Sverko, Yi-Fan Li
This paper presents the first comprehensive survey of 19 novel brominated flame retardants (NBFRs) in soil samples collected across five Asian countries. High variability in concentrations of all NBFRs was found in soils with the geometric mean (GM) values ranging from 0.50 ng/g dry weight (dw) in Vietnam to 540 ng/g dw in the vicinity of a BFR-manufactory in China. In urban/rural/background locations, the GM concentrations of ∑19NBFRs decreased in the order of Japan > South Korea > China > India > Vietnam...
September 3, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863388/children-s-exposure-to-brominated-flame-retardants-in-indoor-environments-a-review
#8
REVIEW
Eleftheria Malliari, Olga-Ioanna Kalantzi
The aim of this review is to present up-to-date research on children's exposure to brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in indoor environments. Large geographical variations were observed for all BFRs [polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)], with the highest concentrations of PBDEs measured in North America (BDE-47) and Europe (BDE-209), where higher concentrations of PBDEs are present in dust from houses, daycare centers and primary schools. In Asia the highest PBDE concentrations were measured in China, near e-waste recycling areas...
August 28, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846891/a-multi-technique-phytoremediation-approach-to-purify-metals-contaminated-soil-from-e-waste-recycling-site
#9
Jie Luo, Limei Cai, Shihua Qi, Jian Wu, Xiaowen Sophie Gu
Multiple techniques for soil decontamination were combined to enhance the phytoremediation efficiency of Eucalyptus globulese and alleviate the corresponding environmental risks. The approach constituted of chelating agent using, electrokinetic remediation, plant hormone foliar application and phytoremediation was designed to remediate multi-metal contaminated soils from a notorious e-waste recycling town. The decontamination ability of E. globulese increased from 1.35, 58.47 and 119.18 mg per plant for Cd, Pb and Cu in planting controls to 7...
August 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837864/the-political-economy-of-diagnosis-related-groups
#10
Paola Bertoli, Veronica Grembi
A well-established political economic literature has shown as multi-level governance affects the inefficiency of public expenditures. Yet, this expectation has not been empirically tested on health expenditures. We provide a political economy interpretation of the variation in the prices of 6 obstetric DRGs using Italy as a case study. Italy offers a unique institutional setting since its 21 regional governments can decide whether to adopt the national DRG system or to adjust/waive it. We investigate whether the composition and characteristics of regional governments do matter for the average DRG level and, if so, why...
August 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831660/distribution-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-in-breast-milk-cord-blood-and-placentas-a-systematic-review
#11
Jing Tang, Jin Xia Zhai
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have been extensively used as flame retardants in consumer products. PBDEs rapidly bioaccumulate in the environment, food, wild animals and humans. In this review, we investigated the harmful effects of PBDEs on humans, especially in early life, and summarised the levels of PBDEs in human biological samples (breast milk, cord blood and placentas). In addition, we described the spatiotemporal distribution of PBDEs in this review. PBDE levels in breast milk, cord blood and placentas were generally higher in North America than in other regions, such as Asia, Europe, Oceania and Africa...
August 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822247/mobile-phones-an-asset-or-a-liability-a-study-based-on-characterization-and-assessment-of-metals-in-waste-mobile-phone-components-using-leaching-tests
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Meenakshi Hira, Sudesh Yadav, P Morthekai, Anurag Linda, Sushil Kumar, Anupam Sharma
The prolonged use of old fashioned gadgets, especially mobile phones, is declining readily with the advancement in technology which ultimately lead to generation of e-waste. The present study investigates the concentrations of nine metals (Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Sn, and Zn) in various components of the mobile phones using Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), Waste Extraction Test (WET) and Synthetic Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP). The results were compared with the threshold limits for hazardous waste defined by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820999/absorption-tissue-distribution-metabolism-and-elimination-of-decabrominated-diphenyl-ether-bde-209-in-rats-after-multi-dose-oral-exposure
#13
Xiu-Bo Mi, Lian-Jun Bao, Chen-Chou Wu, Charles S Wong, Eddy Y Zeng
Human and ecological risks of BDE-209 have drawn much attention, particularly with growing e-waste recycling activities in developing countries. To further address the issue of BDE-209 biotransformation, a laboratory-controlled study was conducted. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were dosed orally by gavage at a daily dose of 1 mg kg(-1) body weight for 7 d and a depuration period of 22 d, to characterize absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination dynamics of BDE-209 during multi-dose exposures simulating short-term oral exposure of e-waste workers...
November 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808870/chest-circumference-and-birth-weight-are-good-predictors-of-lung-function-in-preschool-children-from-an-e-waste-recycling-area
#14
Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, Yuling Zhang, Weiqiu Li, Xia Huo
The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between birth weight, chest circumference, and lung function in preschool children from e-waste exposure area. A total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (an e-waste recycling area) and Haojiang and Xiashan (the reference areas) in China were recruited and required to undergo physical examination, blood tests, and lung function tests during the study period. Birth outcome such as birth weight and birth height were obtained by questionnaire. Children living in the e-waste-exposed area have a lower birth weight, chest circumference, height, and lung function when compare to their peers from the reference areas (all p value <0...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806563/alteration-of-the-number-and-percentage-of-innate-immune-cells-in-preschool-children-from-an-e-waste-recycling-area
#15
Yu Zhang, Xijin Xu, Di Sun, Junjun Cao, Yuling Zhang, Xia Huo
Heavy metal lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) are widespread environmental contaminants and exert detrimental effects on the immune system. We evaluated the association between Pb/Cd exposures and innate immune cells in children from an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling area. A total number of 294 preschool children were recruited, including 153 children from Guiyu (e-waste exposed group), and 141 from Haojiang (reference group). Pb and Cd levels in peripheral blood were measured by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer, NK cell percentages were detected by flow cytometer, and other innate immune cells including monocytes, eosinophils, neutrophils and basophils were immediately measured by automated hematology analyzer...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805712/health-risks-awareness-of-electronic-waste-workers-in-the-informal-sector-in-nigeria
#16
Chimere M Ohajinwa, Peter M Van Bodegom, Martina G Vijver, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Insight into the health risk awareness levels of e-waste workers is important as it may offer opportunities for better e-waste recycling management strategies to reduce the health effects of informal e-waste recycling. Therefore, this study assessed the knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with occupational health risk awareness of e-waste workers compared with a control group (butchers) in the informal sector in Nigeria. A cross-sectional study was used to assess health risk awareness of 279 e-waste workers (repairers and dismantlers) and 221 butchers from the informal sector in three locations in Nigeria in 2015...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803763/laboratory-simulations-of-the-mixed-solvent-extraction-recovery-of-dominate-polymers-in-electronic-waste
#17
Yi-Bo Zhao, Xu-Dong Lv, Wan-Dong Yang, Hong-Gang Ni
The recovery of four dominant plastics from electronic waste (e-waste) using mixed solvent extraction was studied. The target plastics included polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN). The extraction procedure for multi-polymers at room temperature yielded PC, PS, ABS, and SAN in acceptable recovery rates (64%, 86%, 127%, and 143%, respectively, where recovery rate is defined as the mass ratio of the recovered plastic to the added standard polymer)...
August 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802781/elevated-lead-levels-from-e-waste-exposure-are-linked-to-decreased-olfactory-memory-in-children
#18
Bo Zhang, Xia Huo, Long Xu, Zhiheng Cheng, Xiaowei Cong, Xueling Lu, Xijin Xu
Lead (Pb) is a developmental neurotoxicant and can cause abnormal development of the nervous system in children. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Pb exposure on child olfactory memory by correlating the blood Pb levels of children in Guiyu with olfactory memory tests. We recruited 61 preschool children, 4- to 7-years of age, from Guiyu and 57 children from Haojiang. The mean blood Pb level of Guiyu children was 9.40 μg/dL, significantly higher than the 5.04 μg/dL mean blood Pb level of Haojiang children...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802247/effect-of-lead-speciation-on-its-oral-bioaccessibility-in-surface-dust-and-soil-of-electronic-wastes-recycling-sites
#19
Takashi Fujimori, Masaya Taniguchi, Tetsuro Agusa, Kenji Shiota, Masaki Takaoka, Aya Yoshida, Atsushi Terazono, Florencio C Ballesteros, Hidetaka Takigami
We measured bioaccessible lead (Pb) in simulated gastrointestinal fluids containing Pb-contaminated soil or dust from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling sites to assess the risk of Pb ingestion. The physiologically based extraction test (PBET) was used as in vitro bioaccessibility assay. Pb speciation was determined using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The total Pb concentrations in dusts (n=8) and soils (n=4) were in the range of 1630-131,000 and 239-7800mg/kg, respectively. Metallic Pb, a common component of e-waste, was ubiquitous in the samples...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800486/the-influence-of-e-waste-recycling-on-the-molecular-ecological-network-of-soil-microbial-communities-in-pakistan-and-china
#20
Longfei Jiang, Zhineng Cheng, Dayi Zhang, Mengke Song, Yujie Wang, Chunling Luo, Hua Yin, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
Primitive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling releases large amounts of organic pollutants and heavy metals into the environment. As crucial moderators of geochemical cycling processes and pollutant remediation, soil microbes may be affected by these contaminants. We collected soil samples heavily contaminated by e-waste recycling in China and Pakistan, and analyzed the indigenous microbial communities. The results of this work revealed that the microbial community composition and diversity, at both whole and core community levels, were affected significantly by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and heavy metals (e...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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