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December’s HOT Articles

These HOT articles were recommended by our referees and are free* to access for 4 weeks

Development and field testing of a miniaturized sampling system for simultaneous sampling of vapours and droplets
Dietmar Breuer, George C. Dragan, Claudia Friedrich, Carsten Möhlmann and Ralf Zimmermann
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00602J, Paper

Graphical abstract: Development and field testing of a miniaturized sampling system for simultaneous sampling of vapours and droplets

Contaminant classification using cosine distances based on multiple conventional sensors
Shuming Liu, Han Che, Kate Smith and Tian Chang
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00580E, Paper

Graphical abstract: Contaminant classification using cosine distances based on multiple=

A statistical comparison of active and passive ammonia measurements collected at Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) sites
Melissa A. Puchalski, Christopher M. Rogers, Ralph Baumgardner, Kevin P. Mishoe, Garry Price, Michael J. Smith, Nealson Watkins and Christopher M. Lehmann
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00531G, Paper

A statistical comparison of active and passive ammonia measurements collected at Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) sites

Distinct photoproducts of hydroxylated polybromodiphenyl ethers from different photodegradation pathways: a case study of 2′-HO-BDE-68
Qing Xie, Jingwen Chen, Hongxia Zhao, Xingbao Wang and Hong-Bin Xie
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00395K, Paper

 Distinct photoproducts of hydroxylated polybromodiphenyl ethers from different photodegradation pathways: a case study of 2′-HO-BDE-68

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November’s HOT Articles

These HOT articles were recommended by our referees and are free* to access for 4 weeks

A laboratory study of the performance of the handheld diffusion size classifier (DiSCmini) for various aerosols in the 15-400 nm range
S. Bau, B. Zimmermann, R. Payet and O. Witschger
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00491D, Paper
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Effect of permafrost properties on gas hydrate petroleum system in the Qilian Mountains, Qinghai, Northwest China
Pingkang Wang, Xuhui Zhang, Youhai Zhu, Bing Li, Xia Huang, Shouji Pang, Shuai Zhang, Cheng Lu and Rui Xiao
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2711-2720
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00482E, Paper


Filamentous sludge bulking control by nano zero-valent iron in activated sludge treatment systems
Shengnan Xu, Minghao Sun, Chiqian Zhang, Rao Surampalli and Zhiqiang H
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2721-2728
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00333K, Paper



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October’s Free HOT Articles!

These HOT articles, published in October 2014 were recommended by our referees and are free to access for 4 weeks*

Geochemical recovery of the Torna–Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary
Á. D. Anton, O. Klebercz, Á. Magyar, I. T. Burke, A. P. Jarvis, K. Gruiza and W. M. Mayes
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2677-2685
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00452C



Filamentous sludge bulking control by nano zero-valent iron in activated sludge treatment systems
Shengnan Xu, Minghao Sun, Chiqian Zhang, Rao Surampalli and Zhiqiang Hu
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2721-2728
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00333K


Effect of permafrost properties on gas hydrate petroleum system in the Qilian Mountains, Qinghai, Northwest China
Pingkang Wang, Xuhui Zhang, Youhai Zhu, Bing Li, Xia Huang, Shouji Pang, Shuai Zhang, Cheng Lu and Rui Xiao
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2711-2720
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00482E



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September’s Free HOT Articles

These HOT articles, published in September 2014 were recommended by our referees and are free to access for 4 weeks*

Contrasting physiological responses of ozone-tolerant Phaseolus vulgarisand Nicotiana tobaccum varieties to ozone and nitric acid
Cara M. Stripe, Louis S. Santiago and Pamela E. Padgett
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2488-2495
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00143E

ESPI HOT Article

Effects of long-term land use change on dissolved carbon characteristics in the permafrost streams of northeast China
Yuedong Guo, Changchun Song, Zhongmei Wan, Wenwen Tan, Yongzheng Lu and Tianhua Qiao
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 2496-2506
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00283K

Products and kinetics of the heterogeneous reaction of particulate ametryn with NO3 radicals
Chang-Geng Liu, Ji-Nian Shu, Bo Yang and Peng Zhang
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00352G


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Hungary’s rivers in recovery after red mud disaster

Four years after Hungary’s disastrous red mud spill, Will Mayes and co-workers at the University of Hull, UK, have shown that implemented remediation measures have successfully limited the long term impacts of the spill on the affected Danube tributaries. Elemental and particle size analyses of fluvial sediments sampled downstream from the spill site in 2013 showed that the characteristic geochemical signature of the red mud was predominantly absent compared to in post-disaster surveys, highlighting that the contaminated material was mostly removed by intervention measures.

To read the full article please visit ChemistryWorld.

Geochemical recovery of the Torna–Marcal river system after the Ajka red mud spill, Hungary*
Á. D. Anton, O. Klebercz, Á. Magyar, I. T. Burke, A. P. Jarvis, K. Gruiz and   W. M. Mayes
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00452C

*This paper is open access

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Concerns over chemical treatment of reclaimed fracking fluid

The study analysed water samples from shale gas wells in Marcellus (Pennsylvania), Eagle Ford (Texas), and Barnett (New Mexico) © Michael J Mullen Scranton Times-Tribune/AP/Press Association Images

Estimates suggest that in the next 50 years, over one trillion gallons of water will be used in shale gas extraction but research from scientists in the US suggests that environmentally detrimental compounds are being created when this fluid is recycled.

Shale gas is found in rock formations kilometres underground. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, facilitates the release of this energy dense fuel in a cost-effective and timely manner. Water, sand and a combination of other additives are pumped into the ground at high pressure, breaking the shale formations apart, allowing the gas to migrate to the surface where it can be collected.

To read the full article, please visit Chemistry World.

Organic compounds in produced waters from shale gas wells
Samuel J. Maguire-Boyle and Andrew R. Barron
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00376D, Paper

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Macronutrient Cycles Themed Issue

Macronutrient Cycles Guest edited by the directorate of the NERC Macronutrient Cycles Programme, Professor Paul Whitehead (Director) and Dr Jill Crossman (Assistant Director), this themed issue focuses upon the key macronutrient cycles linking nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon. Disturbance of the interactions, or cycles, of these macronutrients has had significant environmental and economic implications including soil nutrient enrichment, eutrophication of surface waters, reduced air quality, and loss of drinking water quality. These issues pose a threat not just to biodiversity, but also to public water supplies and public health.

Within this themed issue are four HOT research papers, which received particularly high scores during peer review – click on the links to download the articles:

1. Carly Stevens and colleagues describe a nitrogen footprint tool for the UK, demonstrating that the UK footprint is smaller than that found in the USA but higher than that for the Netherlands and Germany.

2. Researchers from Lancaster University investigate cattle in-stream activity in order to further our understanding of cattle contribution to sediment load.

3. Researchers from Norway and Canada model phosphorus loading and algal blooms in an agricultural catchment-lake system under changing land-use and climate.

4. Our fourth HOT article  focuses on phosphorus transport and assessment using a semi-distributed catchment model.

Click here to view the full macronutrient cycles themed issue – we hope you enjoy the collection

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Free access to HOT articles

This HOT article was recommended by our referees and is free to access for 4 weeks*

Caffeine as an indicator of estrogenic activity in source water
C. C. Montagner, G. A. Umbuzeiro, C. Pasquini and W. F. Jardim  
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014,16, 1866-1869
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00058G, Communication

Graphical abstract: Caffeine as an indicator of estrogenic activity in source water

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Free access to HOT articles

These HOT articles were recommended by our referees and are free to access for 4 weeks*

Unconventional oil and gas extraction and animal health
M. Bamberger and R. E. Oswald  
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00150H

Graphical abstract: Unconventional oil and gas extraction and animal health

Assessing the performance of standard methods to predict the standard uncertainty of air quality data having incomplete time coverage
Richard J. C. Brown, Peter M. Harris and Maurice G. Cox  
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00189C

Graphical abstract: Assessing the performance of standard methods to predict the standard uncertainty of air quality data having incomplete time coverage

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2014 Emerging Investigators Issue

Emerging Investigators Guest Editors David Cwiertny, Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit and Hee-Deung Park introduce the third edition of our emerging investigators issue.

Celebrating the best and brightest amongst early career environmental scientists around the world, this collection of reviews and papers demonstrates the talent, innovation and creative ideas that new researchers can bring.  Read the profiles of the contributors to find out more about our young scientists, including their research objectives, inspirations and what environmental challenges they believe the future holds.

We have made the following HOT articles free* to access for a limited time only! We hope you enjoy reading this collection as much as we did.

Critical Reviews:

B. D. Shoener, I. M. Bradley, R. D. Cusick and J. S. Guest
DOI: 10.1039/C3EM00711A

Critical Review of electrochemical advanced oxidation processes for water treatment application

Brian P. Chaplin
DOI: 10.1039/C3EM00679D


impacts of UV protections on bacterial survival

HOT Paper:

Association of nuisance filamentous algae Cladophora spp. with E. coli and Salmonella in public beach waters: impacts of UV protection on bacterial survival

Aubrey Beckinghausen, Alexia Martinez, David Blersch and Berat Z. Haznedaroglu
DOI: 10.1039/C3EM00659J

For the full collection, visit our 2014 Emerging Investigators Themed Issue platform.

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