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Evaluation of antioxidant enzymes performances and DNA damage induced by bisphenol A and diisobutylphthalate in Hyperiodrilus africanus-earthworms

2020
Olanrewaju Olujimi | Rhoda Ayoola | Oluwafunmilayo Olayinka | Oluwatosin Dosumu | Solomon Rotimi | Adeyinka Aladesida

Bisphenol A (BPA) and diisobuthylphthalate (DIBP) have found wide applications as plasticizers; however, they are covalently bonded to materials and are subsequently leached into the environment....

Photolysis of hexamethylenediaminetetra(methylenephosphonic acid) (HDTMP) using manganese and hydrogen peroxide

2020
Ramona Kuhn | Isaac Mbir Bryant | Robert Jensch | Stephan Liebsch | Marion Martienssen

Aminophosphonates such as hexamethylenediaminetreta(methylene phosphonic acid) (HDTMP) are categorised as persistent substances. They are commonly used as scale inhibitors in cooling water systems and...

Intensification of the degradation of Acid RED-18 using hydrodynamic cavitation

2020
Prashant B. Dhanke | Sameer M. Wagh

In this work degradation of Acid Red-18 (AR-18) was examined in the hydrodynamic cavitation reactor. Orifice plates with different holes geometry are used to determine the optimum plate to carry out...

Concentrations of phthalates metabolites in blood and semen and the potential effects on semen concentration and motility among residents of the Pearl River Delta region in China

2020
Xiaofei Song | Qiongfang Zhuo | Shaoyu Tang | Tianfa Xie | Zhiyuan Chen | Zhijun Zang | Yanan Zhang | Xiaojun Niu | Hua Yin | Feng Zeng | Chang He

Exposure to phthalate acid esters (PAEs) has been found to have adverse effects on reproduction of human and animal. However, the effects on the semen quality are controversial. In this study, we have...

Use of simulated sunlight radiation and hydrogen peroxide in azithromycin removal from aqueous solutions: Optimization & mineralization analysis

2020
Pablo Andrés Cano | Marcela Jaramillo-Baquero | Henry Zúñiga-Benítez | Yudy A. Londoño | Gustavo A. Peñuela

Azithromycin (AZT) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic from the group of macrolides that acts against several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which has promoted its use in the treatment of different...

Degradation of a persistent organic pollutant perfluorooctane sulphonate with Ti/SnO2–Sb2O5/PbO2-PTFE anode

2020
Qiongfang Zhuo | Jiao Han | Junfeng Niu | Junping Zhang

PbO2-poly tetra fluoro ethylene (PTFE) coating anode was prepared through electrodeposition method, which involved the use of scanning electron microscope, linear sweep voltammetry, contact angle, and...

Leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether and hexabromocyclododecane from fabrics under simulated landfill conditions

2020
Stuart Harrad | Daniel S. Drage | Martin Sharkey | Harald Berresheim

A series of laboratory experiments were conducted to examine the leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) from a mix of three fabrics. Consistent with previous...

Free-range chicken eggs as a bioindicator of dioxin contamination in Vietnam, including long-term Agent Orange impact

2020
Anastasia D. Kudryavtseva | Andrey A. Shelepchikov | Efim S. Brodsky

PCDD/Fs contamination of free-range chicken eggs and soils from private Vietnam households was studied. The possibility of using free-range eggs as bio-indicators of dioxin contamination was considered...

Development and application of a SPE-LC-QTOF method for the quantification of micropollutants of emerging concern in drinking waters from the Brazilian capital

2020
Fernando Fabriz Sodré | Thiago Rosa Sampaio

The Brazilian Federal District is located under a savannah climate characterized by an intense dry season, resulting in severe problems related to water availability. This situation motivates the search...

Disposal of waste-based fuels and raw materials in cement plants in Germany and Switzerland – What can be learned for global co-incineration practice and policy?

2020
Josef Waltisberg | Roland Weber

The limit value for emissions of total organic carbon (TOC) for incinerators in the European Union (EU) is 10 mg/m3. However, clinker burning is a material conversion process during which TOC emissions...

Comprehensive monitoring of chlorinated aromatic and heteroaromatic pollutants at sites contaminated by chlorine production processes to inform policy making

2020
Takumi Takasuga | Hiroaki Takemori | Teru Yamamoto | Kazuo Higashino | Yuko Sasaki | Roland Weber

The production of chlorine by the chlor-alkali process using graphite electrodes was one of the largest sources of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDFs) in history with estimates...

First determination of the highly genotoxic fungal contaminant altertoxin II in a naturally infested apple sample

2020
Hannes Puntscher | Doris Marko | Benedikt Warth

Altertoxin II is an epoxide-holding perylene quinone and secondary metabolite produced by Alternaria molds. Its genotoxic potential and the high concentrations determined in laboratory fungal cultures...

Occurrence, seasonal variation and human exposure to pharmaceuticals and personal care products in surface water, groundwater and drinking water in Lagos State, Nigeria

2020
Anekwe Jennifer Ebele | Temilola Oluseyi | Daniel S. Drage | Stuart Harrad | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah

The occurrence of 28 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) was investigated in 17 surface water samples (rivers, canals, and lagoons), 12 groundwater samples (wells and boreholes, which...

Toxicological effects of TiO2 nanoparticles on plant growth promoting soil bacteria

2020
Sangeeta Chavan | Vishwas Sarangdhar | Vigneshwaran Nadanathangam

Emerging contaminants like metal nanoparticles get introduced into soil through different routes. Toxic effects of these contaminants on plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB), which influence plant...

Mixtures of tetrakis hydroxymethyl phosphonium chloride and ammonium influence plankton community structure in blackwater pond mesocosms

2020
Marina N. Osier | Risa A. Cohen

Mixtures of chemicals from human sources are pervasive in aquatic systems, yet their effects on aquatic communities are relatively understudied. Emerging contaminants such as organophosphorus flame-retardants...

Spatial distribution, patterns and source contributions of POPs in the atmosphere of Great Mendoza using the WRF/CALMET/CALPUFF modelling system

2020
M.F. Ruggeri | N.B. Lana | J.C. Altamirano | S.E. Puliafito

Global monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has allowed the knowledge of levels and distribution around the world as well as the understanding of its transport through the atmosphere....

Chlorinated paraffins in the technosphere: A review of available information and data gaps demonstrating the need to support the Stockholm Convention implementation

2020
Yago Guida | Raquel Capella | Roland Weber

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) have been produced for a wide range of applications, mostly in open uses, such as metalworking fluids, lubricants, coolants or additives in consumer goods. The production...

Degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorphenol by producing hydrogen using ultrasonic mist generated from photocatalysts suspension

2020
Huihui Li | Xin Chang | Yuanzheng Zhang | Siyao Zhang | Yunrong Dai | Lifeng Yin

Photocatalytic hydrogen production synergized with the oxidation of pollutants is an environmentally friendly and economical approach to generate clean energy and remove the pollution from environment....

Preparation of ferric oxide-aluminium oxide carbon nanofiber nanocomposites for ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction of 17-beta estradiol in wastewater

2020
Malesela William Lekota | Anele Mpupa | K. Mogolodi Dimpe | Philiswa N. Nomngongo

In this work, Fe3O4-Al2O3@CNFs nanocomposite was synthesised and used as a nanosorbent in the ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction (UA-DMSPE) of 17-beta estradiol (E2) in wastewater...

Health risk assessments of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated/brominated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in urban air particles in a haze frequent area in China

2020
Miwei Shi | Rongzhi Zhang | Yunxia Wang | Yan Zhang | Yuan Zhang | Yanjie Zhang

The potential threats of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and chlorinated/brominated PAHs (Cl/Br-PAHs) to human health from particulate matter in the urban ambient air were studied using human...

Mercury speciation in aquatic environment south eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt

2020
Maha Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah

This study aims to describe distribution and speciation of Hg in coastal water, fish and sediments from the Western harbour (main harbour) in Egypt and has been studied in two surveys. The slightly...

Emerging contaminants as global environmental hazards. A bibliometric analysis

2020
Howard Ramírez-Malule | Diego H. Quiñones-Murillo | Diego Manotas-Duque

This paper presents a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed scientific literature on emerging contaminants published from 2000 through 2019. A total of 4968 documents (among research articles and review...

MiADMSA minimizes arsenic induced bone degeneration in Sprague Dawley rats

2020
Shashikanta Sau | K.B. Sathua | S.J.S. Flora

Arsenic considered as one of the most hazardous chemical while arsenic poisoning is also one of the serious medical issues worldwide. Long term arsenic exposure is associated with bone degeneration....

Wastewater treatment plants and release: The vase of Odin for emerging bacterial contaminants, resistance and determinant of environmental wellness

2020
Bright E. Igere | Anthony I. Okoh | Uchechukwu U. Nwodo

Municipal wastewater consists of a downstream collection of flushed sewage (without solid waste), other household runoffs, industrial runoffs, hospital runoffs and agricultural runoffs through an underground...

Ozone and ozone/hydrogen peroxide treatment to remove gemfibrozil and ibuprofen from treated sewage effluent: Factors influencing bromate formation

2020
Hajar Farzaneh | Kavithaa Loganathan | Jayaprakash Saththasivam | Gordon McKay

Reuse of treated sewage effluent is an important option to overcome water scarcity. Conventional wastewater treatment methods are inadequate for the removal of several persistent contaminants such as...

State of art control of dioxins/unintentional POPs in the secondary copper industry: A review to assist policy making with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention

2020
Guanglong Wu | Roland Weber | Yong Ren | Zheng Peng | Alan Watson | Jiahong Xie

Article 5 of the Stockholm Convention requires that each Party shall take measures to reduce the releases from anthropogenic sources of unintentional persistent organic pollutants (UPOPs), with the...

Occurrence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in wastewater and receiving waters in South Africa using LC-Orbitrap™ MS

2020
Vimbai Mhuka | Simiso Dube | Mathew M. Nindi

There is continued interest in the occurrence and monitoring of emerging contaminants (ECs) in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to assess their potential impact when released into the environment....

Application of activated biomass waste as an adsorbent for the removal of lead (II) ion from wastewater

2020
Chime O. Thompson | Agu O. Ndukwe | Christian O. Asadu

This work focuses on the application of activated biomass as an alternative to conventional adsorbents for the removal of Pb2+ from wastewater. The biomass was carbonized at 800 °C before chemical activation....

Short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins in imported commercial dry cat and dog food in China: Concentrations, distributions and risk assessment

2020
Shujun Dong | Su Zhang | Ruiguo Wang | Xiaolong Xia | Mengdie Fan | Yaxin Wang | Jie Cheng | Xiaomin Li | Tong Li | Wei Zhang | Shulin Wei | Yun Zou | Peilong Wang

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are produced in large amounts and used worldwide. Dietary intake is the primary pathway for the exposure of pets to CPs, but limited information is available concerning the...

Exposure to bisphenol a and risk of developing type 2 diabetes: A mini review

2020
Shabana Siddique | Gong Zhang | Cariton Kubwabo

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a metabolic disorder, which results from a defect in insulin production, impaired insulin action or both. It is now regarded as one of the major non-communicable diseases...

Photo enhanced degradation of contaminants of emerging concern in waste water

2020
Olalekan C. Olatunde | Alex T. Kuvarega | Damian C. Onwudiwe

Emerging contaminants are posing serious global threats to the environment due to their diversity, recalcitrant nature and bioaccumulation. More disturbing is the fact that current wastewater treatment...

Box Behnken design-based optimized extraction of non-dioxin-like PCBs for GC-ECD and GC-MS analyses in milk samples

2020
Valeria Nardelli | Valeria D’Amico | Ines Della Rovere | Francesco Casamassima | Wadir Mario Valentino Marchesiello | Donatella Nardiello | Maurizio Quinto

A multivariate optimization process of the sample extraction procedure by Box-Behnken design through a global desirability function is described for the determination of six non-dioxin-like polychlorinated...

Temporal trends in concentrations of legacy and novel brominated flame retardants in house dust from Birmingham in the United Kingdom

2020
Daniel Simon Drage | Sonthinee Waiyarat | Stuart Harrad | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah | Suwanna Kitpati Boontanon

Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) and two potential replacements decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE) and 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy)ethane...

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) emissions from electric arc furnaces for steelmaking

2020
Qiuting Yang | Lili Yang | Jia Shen | Yuanping Yang | Minxiang Wang | Xiaoyun Liu | Xuejing Shen | Changliang Li | Jia Xu | Fengfeng Li | Da Li | Guorui Liu | Minghui Zheng

The proportion of steel produced using electric arc furnaces (EAFs) is increasing. In this study, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) concentrations and patterns in stack gas...

Change of osmoregulatory and hematological parameters in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) after exposure to sublethal mercury concentrations

2020
Kiki Syaputri Handayani | Agoes Soegianto | Jehan-Hervé Lignot

The effects of Hg exposure on blood parameters and gill physiology of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) were analyzed. Fish maintained in freshwater were exposed for 7 days (d) to sublethal mercury concentrations...

Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, biochar, selenium, silica gel, and sulfur on arsenic uptake and biomass growth in Pisum sativum L.

2020
Mohammad Zahangeer Alam | Md. Anamul Hoque | Golam Jalal Ahammed | Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

Arsenic (As) is carcinogenic and highly toxic to plants. Crops accumulate As when grown in field soils irrigated with As-contaminated groundwater. The accumulation of As in roots, shoots, and grains...

A review of sources, fate, levels, toxicity, exposure and transformations of organophosphorus flame-retardants and plasticizers in the environment

2020
Tlou B. Chokwe | Ovokeroye A. Abafe | Senzy P. Mbelu | Jonathan O. Okonkwo | Linda L. Sibali

Organophosphate esters (OPEs) are esters of phosphoric acid that are increasingly used as plasticizers and by the flame-retardants industries as replacement for the regulated polybrominated diphenyl...

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in sediment samples from Roodeplaat and Hartbeespoort Dams, South Africa

2020
Bulelwa Batayi | Jonathan O. Okonkwo | Peter A. Daso | Cornelius C. Rimayi

This study aimed at determining PFAS concentrations in sediments obtained from two important water systems in South Africa, namely, the Roodeplaat and Hartbeespoort Dams. Sediment samples were collected...

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics: Benefit and risk

Available online 16 June 2020
Joseph A. Charbonnet | Roland Weber | Arlene Blum

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics were established in an attempt to mitigate fire risk. However, research suggests that some of these flammability standards should...

Role of organic amendments in reducing leaching of sulfosulfuron through wheat crop cultivated soil

2019
Varsha Joshi | Archana Suyal | Anjana Srivastava | Prakash Chandra Srivastava

A field study with wheat crop was undertaken to examine the efficacy of two soil amendments, cereal straw and fresh cow dung slurry, in reducing leaching of sulfosulfuron to groundwater and its residue...

Distribution, sources and risk of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in indoor dusts from electronic repair workshops in southern Nigeria

2019
Chukwujindu M.A. Iwegbue | Grace Obi | Stephen A. Uzoekwe | Francis E. Egobueze | Eze W. Odali | Godswill O. Tesi | Godwin E. Nwajei | Bice S. Martincigh

This study evaluates the characteristic levels, sources and risk of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in indoor dusts from electronic repair workshops in southern Nigeria. The...

Study on photodegradation pathway and mechanism of 2,2′,4,4′-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether

2019
Peng-Yan Liu | Yan-Na Zhang | Zhen Gao | Zhan-Sheng Li

This paper focuses on the pathway, the kinetic laws and the mechanisms of BDE-47 photo-degradation in the environment. By changing the degradation conditions (such as light sources, solvents, inorganic...

Application of self-supplying iron cathode prepared by gas sludge in Electro-Fenton

2019
Lichao Zhou | Yuwen Xiao | Jiaxiang Liang | Diyong Tang | Jie Sun

This study is a new method for recovery and utilization of waste gas sludge from iron and steel industry. Because the gas sludge contains iron and carbon elements, the gas sludge is prepared into an...

Global evolution of organochlorine pesticides research in biological and environmental matrices from 1992 to 2018: A bibliometric approach

2019
Chijioke Olisah | Omobola O. Okoh | Anthony I. Okoh

The analysis of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in ecosystem components has been a major niche area among environmental scientists, probably due to their endocrine-disruptive properties. Here, we evaluated...

Emerging bisphenol a replacements (colour developers) in indoor dust from Spain

2019
María Jesús Dueñas-Mas | Ana Ballesteros-Gómez | Soledad Rubio

Bisphenol A (BPA) and replacements, such as bisphenol S (BPS) and F (BPF) and other substitutes (BPS-MAE, D-8 and TGSA) have been recently reported in thermal paper. In this study, BPA, BPS, BPF; BPS-MAE,...

Temporal trends of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the influent of two of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Australia

2019
Hue T. Nguyen | Sarit L. Kaserzon | Phong K. Thai | Soumini Vijayasarathy | Jennifer Bräunig | Nicholas D. Crosbie | Anders Bignert | Jochen F. Mueller

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are found ubiquitously in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) due to their multiple sources in industry and consumer products. In Australia, limited spatial...

Antibiotics in two municipal sewage treatment plants in Sri Lanka: Occurrence, consumption and removal efficiency

2019
Dilanka N.D. Samaraweera | Xin Liu | Guangcai Zhong | Tilak Priyadarshana | Riffat Naseem Malik | Gan Zhang | Mahdi Safaei Khorram | Zewen Zhu | Xianzhi Peng

Most of the monitoring data on the occurrence of antibiotics in sewage treatment plants (STPs) have been reported from Europe, North America and some countries in Northeast Asia, while very limited...

Factors influencing volatile hydrocarbon pollution in urban areas

2019
Buddhi Wijesiri | An Liu | Nian Hong | Panfeng Zhu | Bo Yang | Xu Zhao | Yuntao Guan | Ashantha Goonetilleke

Volatile hydrocarbons in urban environments pose significant risks to human and ecosystem health, resulting from wash-off into receiving waters during storm events. Effective mitigation strategies require...

The toxic effects of three active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with different efficacy to Vibrio fischeri

2019
Yuying Dong | Zheng Fang | Yan Xu | Qiying Wang | Xuejun Zou

The environmental residues of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are associated with environmental risks and health problems, the influence to environment have become a matter of public concern....

Removal of herbicide 2,4-D using constructed wetlands at pilot scale

2019
Andrés Felipe Echeverri González | Henry Zúñiga-Benítez | Gustavo A. Peñuela

Herbicide 2,4-D is one of the most widely used in the world. In this way, its presence on different bodies of water has been reported. In this paper the efficiency of horizontal-subsurface flow constructed-wetlands...

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