Welcome to our second issue of the year, which includes a collection of articles from AIRMON 2011 – the Symposium on Modern Principles of Air Monitoring and Biomonitoring held in Norway last June. Professor Yngvar Thomassen introduces papers in the issue which cover topics from bioaerosol exposure in the workplace to beryllium exposure, to interlaboratory studies to understand method performance in trace element determination.
The images on the cover both have an aerosol theme, the first highlighting the article from Nils Petter Skaugset et al. presented at AIRMON 2011 on the exposure of aluminium production workers to beryllium,
Occupational exposure to beryllium in primary aluminium production
Nils Petter Skaugset, Dag G. Ellingsen, Kari Dahl, Ivar Martinsen, Lars Jordbekken, Per Arne Drabløs and Yngvar Thomassen
The second is from Subbarao V. Ravva et al. on the sampling and influence of environmental conditions on airborne bacteria:
Bacterial communities in urban aerosols collected with wetted-wall cyclonic samplers and seasonal fluctuations of live and culturable airborne bacteria
Subbarao V. Ravva, Bradley J. Hernlem, Chester Z. Sarreal and Robert E. Mandrell
The issue also includes our regular Environmental Digest from Mike Sharpe, collating the latest environmental news including the Durban talks, a new directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment and the EU ban on phosphate detergents.
Other hot papers in this issue:
Interlaboratory evaluation of trace element determination in workplace air filter samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Kevin Ashley, Stanley A. Shulman, Michael J. Brisson and Alan M. Howe
Occurrence and fate of androgens, estrogens, glucocorticoids and progestagens in two different types of municipal wastewater treatment plants
Shan Liu, Guang-Guo Ying, Jian-Liang Zhao, Li-Jun Zhou, Bin Yang, Zhi-Feng Chen and Hua-Jie Lai
Enantioselective aquatic toxicity of current chiral pesticides
Quan Zhang, Cui Wang, Xiaofeng Zhang, Daqing Jin, Changjiang Huang and Meirong Zhao