Environmental Science

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Editors can now comment on articles published in PeerJ and elsewhere.

Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain (2018) PeerJ

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting and very important article and as such I am very glad to know that it was the most shared last month. It clearly demonstrates the high degree of th... Read more

Suitable oasis scales under a government plan in the Kaidu-Konqi River Basin of northwest arid region, China

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hong Yang –– This paper increases our understanding of the water resource in oases in West China in the future climate change.
Sorption to soil, biochar and compost: is prediction to multicomponent mixtures possible based on single sorbent measurements?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Samuel Abiven –– This work combines technical and methodological improvements and potential applications for agriculture. It could have an impact for different aspects on the scientific community.
Modelling daily water temperature from air temperature for the Missouri River

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jacyra Soares –– The river air-water temperature relationship was investigated by developing three different machine learning models and three standard models. The model results can have important applications such as to support river recovery management plan and environmental impact statement analysis.
Pollution of the sediments of the coastal zone of the Sambia Peninsula and the Curonian Spit (Southeastern Baltic Sea)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kalliat Valsaraj –– This paper describes the pollution in the Baltic sea and explains the origins of the same. This knowledge will be useful in future efforts at clean up or prevention of contaminants from entering the area.
Quantitative estimation of soil salinity by means of different modeling methods and visible-near infrared (VIS–NIR) spectroscopy, Ebinur Lake Wetland, Northwest China

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Danlin Yu –– Decent combination of modeling, filed experience, and data analysis
Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xiaomin Li –– The topic of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between iron-reducing bacteria and methanogens has been paid more and more attraction these years, and iron oxides such as magnetite may function like e-pili to facilitate electron transfer. This study, however, demonstrates that e-pili are still necessary for the DIET between between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species, though the presence of magnetite can promote the methane production in this coculture.
The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Louise Willemen –– Decision makers need informative maps of wetlands. This study shows the variation in wetland maps resulting from different classification methods and as such highlighting the uncertainty of map classes. The way wetland maps are made impacts the planning and evaluation policies.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Immobilized TiO2 on glass spheres applied to heterogeneous photocatalysis: photoactivity, leaching and regeneration process

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Moisés Canle –– Breaks a barrier into the development of thin films for photocatalysis.
Catchment land use predicts benthic vegetation in small estuaries

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jonathan Tonkin –– The authors find that converting as little as 20% of a catchment to fertilized land can shift estuarine vegetation from seagrass to macroalgae dominated. They find that simple land use measures – in this case, % fertilized land – may act as strong indicators of eutrophication risk to estuaries.

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Modelling daily water temperature from air temperature for the Missouri River https://t.co/MDIoqG9zJC @thePeerJ https://t.co/hs7yJY7hfg

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/mzp8axlPiY #AquaticandMarineChemistry

Conserving subterranean relics https://t.co/vUjOVTp8xQ via @thePeerJ

Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation https://t.co/QeLRkDBbnK More evidence that nanoscale magnetite acts as a cytochrome surrogate, but can not itself promote long-range (µm) electron transfer. Protein nanowires (e-pili) needed https://t.co/dtEscpKQAJ

The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland https://t.co/weyB2H9zM0 via @thePeerJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/j94b4vCD9Q #EcosystemScience #CoupledNaturalandHumanSystems