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Stable isotope compositions of precipitation over Central Asia
Monika Mortimer –– Since I am not an expert in the field of geochemistry and climatology I trust the rating of the editor and reviewers of this paper, and tend to believe that the results are mostly relevant to people within the specific discipline.
Ambient ozone pollution at a coal chemical industry city in the border of Loess Plateau and Mu Us Desert: characteristics, sensitivity analysis and control strategies
Monika Mortimer –– The article addresses air pollution issues in China which is an area of research needing urgent attention.
Rainwater chemistry observation in a karst city: variations, influence factors, sources and potential environmental effects
Xinfeng Wang –– This work investigates the chemistry of rain and highlights the influence from local anthropogenic sources in a karst city - one of the last acid rain zones in China, which requires persistent attentions to eliminate the acid rain pollution.
Plastic additives: challenges in ecotox hazard assessment
Monika Mortimer –– The article presents an excellent synthesis of the state of the art in environmental impacts of plastic additives released from micro- and nanosized plastic particles. It is of interest to a wide audience ranging from regulators and toxicologists to plastics manufacturers.
Potentially toxic metal(loid) distribution and migration in the bottom weathering profile of indigenous zinc smelting slag pile in clastic rock region
Carlos Zuniga-Gonzalez –– Potentially toxic metal (loid) distribution and migration in the bottom weathering profile of indigenous zinc smelting slag pile in clastic rock region is a contribution to be considered in policies to mitigate environmental impact, fundamentally in countries where indigenous people and those living in poverty can be affected by intoxication.
Examining long-term natural vegetation dynamics in the Aral Sea Basin applying the linear spectral mixture model
Jianjun Zhang –– This paper introduces the Linear Spectral Mixture Model to examine long-term natural vegetation dynamics.
Effects of dry-wet cycles on nitrous oxide emissions in freshwater sediments: a synthesis
Xavier Le Roux –– This study compiles literature to better understand the effects of drying, rewetting, flooding, and water level fluctuations on the emissions of N2O, a potent greenhouse gas, and related biogeochemical processes in sediments of lentic and lotic ecosystems. This review demonstrates the driving role of dry-wet cycles that lead to temporarily high N2O emissions from a wide array of aquatic habitats. Due to their short duration, the relevance of these peak fluxes for global emission estimates as well as N2O emissions from dry inland waters remains unclear. Future research should address the temporal development during drying- rewetting phases in more detail, capturing rapid flux changes at early stages, and further explore the influence of the frequency and intensity of dry-wet cycles on N2O emissions.
Municipal waste landfill as a source of polychlorinated biphenyls releases to the environment
Julian Blasco –– This articles shows the impact of muncipal landifll on PCBs released focused on groundwater. The distribution and migration in soils and plants were examined.
The effect of brewery spent grain application on biogas yields and kinetics in co-digestion with sewage sludge
Sanket Joshi –– Biogas, a well-known source of energy, could benefit both waste treatment aspects and affordable energy security. Current paper highlights synergistic effects of using sewage sludge with brewery spent grain on biogas yields and kinetics.
Estimating salt content of vegetated soil at different depths with Sentinel-2 data
Marcia Marques –– The subject has high relevance in terms of soil salination monitoring and modeling, a hot topic for soil fertility and sustainable soil management.
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