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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106043/humans-rather-than-climate-the-primary-cause-of-pleistocene-megafaunal-extinction-in-australia
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Sander van der Kaars, Gifford H Miller, Chris S M Turney, Ellyn J Cook, Dirk Nürnberg, Joachim Schönfeld, A Peter Kershaw, Scott J Lehman
Environmental histories that span the last full glacial cycle and are representative of regional change in Australia are scarce, hampering assessment of environmental change preceding and concurrent with human dispersal on the continent ca. 47,000 years ago. Here we present a continuous 150,000-year record offshore south-western Australia and identify the timing of two critical late Pleistocene events: wide-scale ecosystem change and regional megafaunal population collapse. We establish that substantial changes in vegetation and fire regime occurred ∼70,000 years ago under a climate much drier than today...
January 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096405/selenium-isotopes-record-extensive-marine-suboxia-during-the-great-oxidation-event
#2
Michael A Kipp, Eva E Stüeken, Andrey Bekker, Roger Buick
It has been proposed that an "oxygen overshoot" occurred during the early Paleoproterozoic Great Oxidation Event (GOE) in association with the extreme positive carbon isotopic excursion known as the Lomagundi Event. Moreover, it has also been suggested that environmental oxygen levels then crashed to very low levels during the subsequent extremely negative Shunga-Francevillian carbon isotopic anomaly. These redox fluctuations could have profoundly influenced the course of eukaryotic evolution, as eukaryotes have several metabolic processes that are obligately aerobic...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090816/tacit-knowledge-and-risk-perceptions-tullow-oil-and-lay-publics-in-ghana-s-offshore-oil-region
#3
Sylvester Senyo Ofori-Parku
This study examines how local residents make sense of offshore oil production risks in Ghana's nascent petroleum industry. From a naturalistic-interpretive perspective, it is primarily based on in-depth interviews with community residents: 8 opinion leaders, 15 residents, and 1 journalist. Residents associate Tullow's oil activities with health concerns (e.g. conjunctivitis), environmental challenges (e.g. the emergence of decomposed seaweeds along the shore), and socio-economic concerns (e.g. loss of livelihoods, decline in fish harvest, and increased rent and cost of living)...
January 1, 2017: Public Understanding of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089551/seasonal-circulation-assessments-of-the-northern-arabian-persian-gulf
#4
Y Alosairi, T Pokavanich
Due to the continuous human activities linked to economic expansion in the Arabian Gulf area (also known as Persian Gulf), various activities have had an adverse impact on the coastal environment. Furthermore, reduction of precipitation and river flows has resulted in alterations to the hydro-environment regime at various levels. The current study uses a detailed numerical model that was validated with recent field measurements to determine the comprehensive seasonal circulations of the Northern Arabian/Persian Gulf (NAG)...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088543/transformation-of-terrestrial-organic-matter-along-thermokarst-affected-permafrost-coasts-in-the-arctic
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George Tanski, Hugues Lantuit, Saskia Ruttor, Christian Knoblauch, Boris Radosavljevic, Jens Strauss, Juliane Wolter, Anna M Irrgang, Justine Ramage, Michael Fritz
The changing climate in the Arctic has a profound impact on permafrost coasts, which are subject to intensified thermokarst formation and erosion. Consequently, terrestrial organic matter (OM) is mobilized and transported into the nearshore zone. Yet, little is known about the fate of mobilized OM before and after entering the ocean. In this study we investigated a retrogressive thaw slump (RTS) on Qikiqtaruk - Herschel Island (Yukon coast, Canada). The RTS was classified into an undisturbed, a disturbed (thermokarst-affected) and a nearshore zone and sampled systematically along transects...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087975/screening-and-treating-helicobacter-pylori-infection-for-gastric-cancer-prevention-on-the-population-level
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Yi-Chia Lee, Jaw-Town Lin
Helicobacter pylori infection is the major cause of gastric cancer, and removal of H. pylori infection from a population could theoretically decrease the number of cases by about 89%. However, in real-life settings, few studies have reported the effect of screening and treating this pathogen in population-based programs. This is mainly because of the lack of an adequate infrastructure for delivery of systematic screening services to asymptomatic individuals, the lack of standardization to ensure that each subject receives the correct diagnostic testing and antibiotic treatment, and limited resources...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078711/systematics-of-cladophora-spp-chlorophyta-from-north-carolina-usa-based-upon-morphology-and-dna-sequence-data-with-a-description-of-cladophora-subtilissima-sp-nov
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Robin L Taylor, Craig J Bailey, D Wilson Freshwater
Identification of Cladophora species is challenging due to conservation of gross morphology, few discrete autapomorphies, and environmental influences on morphology. Twelve species of marine Cladophora were reported from North Carolina waters. Cladophora specimens were collected from inshore and offshore marine waters for DNA sequence and morphological analyses. The nuclear-encoded rRNA internal transcribed spacer regions (ITS) were sequenced for 105 specimens and used in Molecular Assisted Identification (MAI)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075371/dynamic-oil-in-water-concentration-acquisition-on-a-pilot-scaled-offshore-water-oil-separation-facility
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Petar Durdevic, Chitra S Raju, Mads V Bram, Dennis S Hansen, Zhenyu Yang
This article is a feasibility study on using fluorescence-based oil-in-water (OiW) monitors for on-line dynamic efficiency measurement of a deoiling hydrocyclone. Dynamic measurements are crucial in the design and validation of dynamic models of the hydrocyclones, and to our knowledge, no dynamic OiW analysis of hydrocyclones has been carried out. Previous studies have extensively studied the steady state efficiency perspective of hydrocyclones, and have related them to different key parameters, such as the pressure drop ratio (PDR), inlet flow rate, and the flow-spilt...
January 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073530/variation-in-the-abundance-of-pseudo-nitzschia-and-domoic-acid-with-surf-zone-type
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Alan L Shanks, Steven G Morgan, Jamie MacMahan, Ad J H M Reniers, Raphael Kudela, Marley Jarvis, Jenna Brown, Atsushi Fujimura, Lisa Ziccarelli, Chris Griesemer
Most harmful algal blooms (HAB) originate away from the shore and, for them to endanger human health, they must be first transported to shore after which they must enter the surf zone where they can be feed upon by filter feeders. The last step in this sequence, entrance into the surf zone, depends on surf zone hydrodynamics. During two 30-day periods, we sampled Pseudo-nitzschia and particulate domoic acid (pDA) in and offshore of a more dissipative surf zone at Sand City, California (2010) and sampled Pseudo-nitzschia in and out of reflective surf zones at a beach and rocky shores at Carmel River State Beach, California (2011)...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073437/a-high-resolution-hydrodynamic-model-system-suitable-for-novel-harmful-algal-bloom-modelling-in-areas-of-complex-coastline-and-topography
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Dmitry Aleynik, Andrew C Dale, Marie Porter, Keith Davidson
Fjordic coastlines provide sheltered locations for finfish and shellfish aquaculture, and are often subject to harmful algal blooms (HABs) some of which develop offshore and are then advected to impact nearshore aquaculture. Numerical models are a potentially important tool for providing early warning of such HAB events. However, the complex topography of fjordic shelf regions is a significant challenge to modelling. This is frequently compounded by complex bathymetry and local weather patterns. Existing structured grid models do not provide the resolution needed to represent these coastlines in their wider shelf context...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063827/taxonomic-and-functional-diversity-of-a-coastal-planktonic-bacterial-community-in-a-river-influenced-marine-area
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Stefan Thiele, Michael Richter, Cecilia Balestra, Frank Oliver Glöckner, Raffaella Casotti
The Gulf of Naples is a dynamical area with intense exchanges between offshore oligotrophic and coastal eutrophic waters with frequent freshwater inputs. The Sarno River, one of the most polluted rivers in Europe, strongly contributes to the pollution of the area, discharging high amounts of heavy metals and organic wastes from heavily cultivated and industrial areas. This paper reports on the diversity and community structure of the marine residential Bacteria and Archaea of the Gulf of Naples in an area close to the river Sarno plume and investigates their small-scale taxonomic diversity and expression patterns as a proxy of potential metabolic activity using metagenomics and metatranscriptomics...
January 4, 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046057/public-perceptions-of-aquaculture-evaluating-spatiotemporal-patterns-of-sentiment-around-the-world
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Halley E Froehlich, Rebecca R Gentry, Michael B Rust, Dietmar Grimm, Benjamin S Halpern
Aquaculture is developing rapidly at a global scale and sustainable practices are an essential part of meeting the protein requirements of the ballooning human population. Locating aquaculture offshore is one strategy that may help address some issues related to nearshore development. However, offshore production is nascent and distinctions between the types of aquatic farming may not be fully understood by the public-important for collaboration, research, and development. Here we evaluate and report, to our knowledge, the first multinational quantification of the relative sentiments and opinions of the public around distinct forms of aquaculture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041674/ii-species-sensitivity-distributions-based-on-biomarkers-and-whole-organism-responses-for-integrated-impact-and-risk-assessment-criteria
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Steinar Sanni, Emily Lyng, Daniela M Pampanin, Mathijs G D Smit
The aim of this paper is to bridge gaps between biomarker and whole organism responses related to oil based offshore discharges. These biomarker bridges will facilitate acceptance criteria for biomarker data linked to environmental risk assessment and translate biomarker results to higher order effects. Biomarker based species sensitivity distributions (SSDbiomarkers) have been constructed for relevant groups of biomarkers based on laboratory data from oil exposures. SSD curves express the fraction of species responding to different types of biomarkers...
December 26, 2016: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039659/offshore-drilling-effects-in-brazilian-se-marine-sediments-a-meta-analytical-approach
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Marina Pereira Dore, Cássia Farias, Cláudia Hamacher
The exploration and production of oil and gas reserves often result to drill cutting accumulations on the seafloor adjacent to drill locations. In this study, the detection of drilling influence on marine sediments was performed by meta-analytical comparison between data from pre- and post-drilling surveys undertaken in offshore Campos Basin, southeast of Brazil. Besides this overall appraisal on the geochemical variables, a multivariate assessment, considering only the post-drilling data, was performed. Among the variables, fines content, carbonates, total organic carbon, barium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, nickel, lead, vanadium, zinc, and total petroleum hydrocarbons, only barium, copper, and hydrocarbons were related to drilling impacts...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038790/iii-use-of-biomarkers-as-risk-indicators-in-environmental-risk-assessment-of-oil-based-discharges-offshore
#15
Steinar Sanni, Emily Lyng, Daniela M Pampanin
Offshore oil and gas activities are required not to cause adverse environmental effects, and risk based management has been established to meet environmental standards. In some risk assessment schemes, Risk Indicators (RIs) are parameters to monitor the development of risk affecting factors. RIs have not yet been established in the Environmental Risk Assessment procedures for management of oil based discharges offshore. This paper evaluates the usefulness of biomarkers as RIs, based on their properties, existing laboratory biomarker data and assessment methods...
December 20, 2016: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038348/i-biomarker-quantification-in-fish-exposed-to-crude-oil-as-input-to-species-sensitivity-distributions-and-threshold-values-for-environmental-monitoring
#16
Steinar Sanni, Carina Björkblom, Henrik Jonsson, Brit F Godal, Birgitta Liewenborg, Emily Lyng, Daniela M Pampanin
The aim of this study was to determine a suitable set of biomarker based methods for environmental monitoring in sub-arctic and temperate offshore areas using scientific knowledge on the sensitivity of fish species to dispersed crude oil. Threshold values for environmental monitoring and risk assessment were obtained based on a quantitative comparison of biomarker responses. Turbot, halibut, salmon and sprat were exposed for up to 8 weeks to five different sub-lethal concentrations of dispersed crude oil. Biomarkers assessing PAH metabolites, oxidative stress, detoxification system I activity, genotoxicity, immunotoxicity, endocrine disruption, general cellular stress and histological changes were measured...
December 20, 2016: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035397/combined-toxicity-and-underlying-mechanisms-of-a-mixture-of-eight-heavy-metals
#17
Qi Zhou, Yuanliang Gu, Xia Yue, Guochuan Mao, Yafei Wang, Hong Su, Jin Xu, Hongbo Shi, Baobo Zou, Jinshun Zhao, Renyuan Wang
With the rapid development of modernization and industrialization in China, a large quantity of heavy metals, including zinc, copper, lead, cadmium and mercury, have been entering the atmosphere, soil and water, the latter being the primary route of pollution. In the present study, in vitro experiments were performed to examine the joint toxicity and the underlying mechanisms of the eight most common heavy metals contaminating offshore waters on the eastern coast of Ningbo region. Using a cell cycle assay, cell apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) detection methods, the present study demonstrated that the heavy metal mixture arrested JB6 cells at the S phase, induced the generation of ROS and cell apoptosis...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035277/a-model-of-the-extent-and-distribution-of-woody-linear-features-in-rural-great-britain
#18
Paul Scholefield, Dan Morton, Clare Rowland, Peter Henrys, David Howard, Lisa Norton
Hedges and lines of trees (woody linear features) are important boundaries that connect and enclose habitats, buffer the effects of land management, and enhance biodiversity in increasingly impoverished landscapes. Despite their acknowledged importance in the wider countryside, they are usually not considered in models of landscape function due to their linear nature and the difficulties of acquiring relevant data about their character, extent, and location. We present a model which uses national datasets to describe the distribution of woody linear features along boundaries in Great Britain...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031809/interpopulation-resource-partitioning-of-lesser-frigatebirds-and-the-influence-of-environmental-context
#19
Rowan Mott, Ashley Herrod, Rohan H Clarke
Conspecific individuals inhabiting nearby breeding colonies are expected to compete strongly for food resources owing to the constraints imposed by shared morphology, physiology, and behavior on foraging strategy. Consequently, colony-specific foraging patterns that effectively partition the available resources may be displayed. This study aimed to determine whether intraspecific resource partitioning occurs in two nearby colonies of Lesser Frigatebirds (Fregata ariel). A combination of stable isotope analysis and GPS tracking was used to assess dietary and spatial partitioning of foraging resources during the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028707/synergistic-use-of-an-oil-drift-model-and-remote-sensing-observations-for-oil-spill-monitoring
#20
Diana De Padova, Michele Mossa, Maria Adamo, Giacomo De Carolis, Guido Pasquariello
In case of oil spills due to disasters, one of the environmental concerns is the oil trajectories and spatial distribution. To meet these new challenges, spill response plans need to be upgraded. An important component of such a plan would be models able to simulate the behaviour of oil in terms of trajectories and spatial distribution, if accidentally released, in deep water. All these models need to be calibrated with independent observations. The aim of the present paper is to demonstrate that significant support to oil slick monitoring can be obtained by the synergistic use of oil drift models and remote sensing observations...
December 27, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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