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ACS Chemical Health & Safety     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
ACS ES&T Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Acta Brasiliensis     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Acta Ecologica Sinica     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Acta Environmentalica Universitatis Comenianae     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Oecologica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Acta Regionalia et Environmentalica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advanced Electronic Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Advanced Sustainable Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Advances in Ecological Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 45)
Advances in Environmental Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Advances in Environmental Sciences - International Journal of the Bioflux Society     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Advances in Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advances in Life Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Advances in Tropical Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Aeolian Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Agricultura Tecnica     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Agricultural & Environmental Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Agro-Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Agroecological journal     Open Access  
Agronomy for Sustainable Development     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Amazon's Research and Environmental Law     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Ambiência     Open Access  
Ambiens. Revista Iberoamericana Universitaria en Ambiente, Sociedad y Sustentabilidad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ambiente & sociedade     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ambiente & Agua : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Journal of Energy and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
American Journal of Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
American Journal of Environmental Protection     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
American Journal of Environmental Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
American Naturalist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 85)
Annals of Civil and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Annals of Environmental Science and Toxicology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Annals of GIS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Annals of Warsaw University of Life Sciences ? SGGW. Land Reclamation     Open Access  
Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 89)
Annual Review of Environment and Resources     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 36)
Annual Review of Resource Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Applied and Environmental Soil Science     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Applied Environmental Education & Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Applied Journal of Environmental Engineering Science     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aquatic Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Aquatic Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Arcada : Revista de conservación del patrimonio cultural     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Archives des Maladies Professionnelles et de l'Environnement     Full-text available via subscription  
Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Archives of Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Arctic Environmental Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Environment & Ecology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Rural Development     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Asian Review of Environmental and Earth Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
ATBU Journal of Environmental Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 35)
Atmospheric Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 75)
Atmospheric Environment : X     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Augm Domus : Revista electrónica del Comité de Medio Ambiente de AUGM     Open Access  
Austral Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Australasian Journal of Environmental Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Australasian Journal of Human Security     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australian Journal of Environmental Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Basic and Applied Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Behavioral Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Biocenosis     Open Access  
Biochar     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Biodegradation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Biodiversity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Biofouling: The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Bioremediation Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
BioRisk     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
BMC Ecology     Open Access   (Followers: 24)
Boletín Instituto de Derecho Ambiental y de los Recursos Naturales     Open Access  
Boletín Semillas Ambientales     Open Access  
Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Bothalia : African Biodiversity & Conservation     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Built Environment     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society     Open Access   (Followers: 51)
Bumi Lestari Journal of Environment     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 50)
Canadian Journal of Soil Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Canadian Water Resources Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Capitalism Nature Socialism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Carbon Resources Conversion     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Casopis Slezskeho Zemskeho Muzea - serie A - vedy prirodni     Open Access  
Cell Biology and Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Chain Reaction     Full-text available via subscription  
Challenges in Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Chemical Research in Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Chemico-Biological Interactions     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Chemosphere     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 72)
China Population, Resources and Environment     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Ciencia, Ambiente y Clima     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
City and Environment Interactions     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Civil and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Civil and Environmental Engineering Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Civil and Environmental Research     Open Access   (Followers: 22)
CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Clean Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Cleanroom Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Climate and Energy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Climate Change Ecology     Open Access  
Climate Change Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Climate Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 51)
Climate Resilience and Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Coastal Engineering Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Cogent Environmental Science     Open Access  
Columbia Journal of Environmental Law     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Computational Ecology and Software     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Computational Water, Energy, and Environmental Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Conservation and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Conservation Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 51)
Conservation Science     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Consilience : The Journal of Sustainable Development     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Problems of Ecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Critical Reviews in Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica / Geographical Research Letters     Open Access  
Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Current Environmental Engineering     Hybrid Journal  
Current Environmental Health Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Current Forestry Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Landscape Ecology Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology     Open Access  
Current Research in Environmental Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Current Research in Green and Sustainable Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Current Research in Microbiology     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Current World Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Developments in Atmospheric Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Developments in Earth and Environmental Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Developments in Earth Surface Processes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Developments in Environmental Modelling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Developments in Environmental Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Developments in Integrated Environmental Assessment     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Die Bodenkultur : Journal of Land Management, Food and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Disaster Prevention and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Discover Sustainability     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
disP - The Planning Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Divulgación Científica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Drug and Chemical Toxicology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Dynamiques Environnementales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
E3S Web of Conferences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Earth Interactions     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Earth Science Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Earth System Governance     Open Access  
Earth System Science Data (ESSD)     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Earth Systems and Environment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Earthquake Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
EchoGéo     Open Access  
Eco-Thinking     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Ecocycles     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ecohydrology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Ecologia Aplicada     Open Access  
Ecología en Bolivia     Open Access  
Ecological Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 215)
Ecological Chemistry and Engineering S     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ecological Complexity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Ecological Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ecological Engineering : X     Open Access  
Ecological Indicators     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Ecological Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ecological Management & Restoration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Ecological Modelling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 96)
Ecological Monographs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 39)
Ecological Processes     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ecological Questions     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ecological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Ecological Restoration     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Ecologist, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Ecology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 480)
Ecology and Evolution     Open Access   (Followers: 104)
Ecology Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 340)
EcoMat : Functional Materials for Green Energy and Environment     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Économie rurale     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ecoprint : An International Journal of Ecology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ecopsychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Ecosphere     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Ecosystem Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Ecosystems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)

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  • Using national sewage sludge data for chemical ranking and prioritization

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      Abstract: Publication date: April 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 14Author(s): Arjun K. Venkatesan, Rolf U. Halden Treated sewage sludges (SSs) or biosolids are rich in organic carbon, nutrients, and, unfortunately, chemical contaminants. Accumulation of chemicals in SS is influenced by the mass of chemical produced and released into wastewater, resistance to (bio)degradation during treatment, and the chemicals' propensity to sorb to particulates. Hence, accumulation of chemicals in SS is indicative of their persistent and bioaccumulative behavior: the two characteristics that are predominantly used for chemical prioritization. Thus, it is possible for risk assessors to use existing SS survey data to identify, rank, and prioritize persistent and bioaccumulative chemicals present in the human society. In this review, we highlight unique papers that used this concept to help prioritizing chemical contaminants in SS and the environment. We additionally showcase a simple decision flowchart and scoring algorithm for prioritizing chemicals whose presence in SS warrants further investigation.
       
  • Translocation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products after
           land application of biosolids

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      Abstract: Publication date: April 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 14Author(s): Chad A. Kinney, Brian Vanden Heuvel Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are common components of the municipal waste stream and well documented to be present in the final products of wastewater treatment including biosolids, which are commonly land applied in agricultural settings and at reclamation sites. Biosolids are therefore an identified source of PPCPs into environments, where biosolids are applied. Here, we review the current understanding of the potential for uptake and translocation of PPCPs within plants and consider knowledge gaps related to PPCP in plants and beyond them. Identified gaps include knowledge related to translocation of PPCPs beyond plants, the importance of transformation products for total exposure/uptake of PPCP, and the role of rhizosphere microorganisms in plant uptake.
       
  • Municipal sewage sludge as a source of microplastics in the environment

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      Abstract: Publication date: April 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 14Author(s): Charles Rolsky, Varun Kelkar, Erin Driver, Rolf U. Halden Wastewater treatment plants are known to contribute to microplastic (MP) pollution in freshwater and terrestrial environments, but studies on MP abundance in sludge are scarce. This study aimed to (i) conduct a literature review to assess the number and extent of MPs in sludge worldwide, (ii) determine extraction and analytical techniques used to isolate and identify these materials, and (iii) assess the fate and transport of these materials in the environment as a result of sludge disposal and reuse. Research in this area has increased as 12 countries have now reported and quantified MPs in sludge. This study highlights the need to assess the temporal and spatial differences in MP pollution in sludge, this relationship to land-applied biosolids, and the risk to human and ecological health.
       
  • Critical review for microwave pretreatment of waste-activated sludge prior
           to anaerobic digestion

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      Abstract: Publication date: April 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 14Author(s): Yigit C. Bozkurt, Onur G. Apul Sewage sludge generation is steadily rising because of urbanization and population increase. Handling the excess sludge is a tedious and costly task. Although anaerobic digestion (AD) is a widely accepted practice, a notable portion of the substrate leaves digesters undigested. Microwave pretreatment offers a distinct advantage to increase digester performances by solubilizing intracellular organic matter and disturbing the floc assemblies in waste-activated sludge. This article summarizes 70 + microwave pretreatment articles testing irradiation of waste-activated sludge prior to AD published in the past 15 years. Our systematic analysis reveals critical sludge properties, microwave operational conditions, and gaps in today's literature while providing a mechanistic insight for microwave enabled solubilization and subsequent AD.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • A framework for the design of the future energy-efficient, cost-effective,
           reliable, resilient, and sustainable full-scale wastewater
           treatment plants

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Shahryar Jafarinejad Generally, the compliance with the effluent quality standards, the related harm prevention on the surrounding environment and human health, costs reduction, possible water reuse, energy and resource recovery, and environmental impact issues have been the driving forces and/or important criteria in the design and simulation of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). To date, not much research has been conducted to study the reliability and resilience of WWTPs. This study seeks to provide a comprehensive procedure framework to design the future energy-efficient, cost-effective, reliable, resilient, and sustainable full-scale WWTPs for both normal and natural hazard conditions. It is a key and emerging research area. In this study, the process flow diagram of a typical municipal WWTP, modeling of WWTPs, computer programs for WWTP design, and the previous studies on the simulation of the full-scale WWTPs were briefly and critically reviewed. Then, the procedure framework was presented. Finally, future perspectives and conclusions were discussed.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • Potential environmental impacts of wind energy development: A global
           perspective

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Muhammad Shahzad Nazir, Nisar Ali, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M.N. Iqbal After careful consideration of long-term economic crises and ecological impact of fossil resources, green and sustainable energy resources have gained preference. Wind energy has been endorsed as an emission-free, green, and sustainable, thus supported by state appropriations. However, many avian fatalities at utility-scale wind energy amenities, particularly along forested and habitations globally. These mortalities raise serious concerns about the increasing pace of projected wind energy development on ecological beings. This mini overview discusses current developments of wind energy developments, its increasing trend, and the adverse ecological impacts, that is, noise, visual, deforestation, and land erosion. Moreover, possible solutions to those aforementioned adverse ecological impacts on wind power production facilities are also given. In this context, considering the research needs, decision-makers, developers, and other stakeholders should work closely to standardize the policies to minimize the negative environmental impact of this natural source of energy.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • Life cycle assessment in wastewater treatment technology

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Roberto Parra-Saldivar, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M.N. Iqbal Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been recognized as a sophisticated approach to evaluate the overall impact of a process and related by-products through its life cycle from an environmental viewpoint. LCA is being performed in different sectors for an optimal evaluation and comparison purposes. Herein, we signify the LCA in wastewater treatment technology, recent advances in LCA, and their effective deployment to know the fate of hazardous pollutants. The available literature revealed that the generation of numerous contaminants is the hotspot in the life cycle of various industrial processes. The synergies of different industrial sectors coupled with LCA strategies deliver highly efficient, precise, reliable, and sustainable production processes with a minimal environmental load. A properly designed LCA procedure also provides comprehensive information to producers, consumers, and policymakers or legislative authorities to further broaden the practical applications of LCA, minimize the environmental insecurity, and lower/reduce the related human health risks.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • Impacts of food and diets' life cycle: A brief review

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Giacomo Falcone, Nathalie Iofrida, Teodora Stillitano, Anna Irene De Luca Recently, consumers are modifying their eating and consumption habits, especially because of healthy and ethical needs, followed by environmental concerns afterward. The aim of this study is to review the most recent findings about the impacts of different diets, assessed by means of the life cycle thinking methodologies, and the possible implications of consuming more products of plant origin than an omnivorous diet. Many studies suggest that a lower consumption of meat and dairy products in favor of plant-based products reduce environmental and health impacts. Some methodological and practical aspects should be improved by life cycle practitioners, when assessing the potential impacts of diets. In particular, more attention should be paid to the actual consumption patterns and the environmental damage factors linked to secondary services, such as the consumption of imported products, refrigerated or precooked foods and/or use of single-portion packaged foodstuffs.
       
  • Antibiotics traces in the aquatic environment: persistence and adverse
           environmental impact

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Muhammad Bilal, Shahid Mehmood, Tahir Rasheed, Hafiz M.N. Iqbal Antibiotics are rightly regarded as one of the marvelous scientific discoveries of the 20th century that revolutionized both veterinary and human medicine. Nevertheless, the antibiotics have been realized as emerging environmental pollutants because of their massive administration in humans and animals and longer environmental persistence. Low concentrations of antibiotics are often detected in seawater, groundwater, surface water, and even drinking water. Parent antibiotic molecules or their metabolites are discharged into the aquatic environment giving rise to virtual or persistent ecological contamination, as well as the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Therefore, concerns have increased regarding source, occurrence, and consequences of the antibiotics or their active residues in aqueous environments. Their potential toxicity, teratogenicity, and genotoxicity on the aquatic organisms have grabbed noticeable attention as a serious environmental apprehension. This work covers up-to-date information on the occurrence, sources (surface water, underground water, and seawater), and consequences of the different antibiotics or their active residues on human health, microbiome, and various aqueous environment systems.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • Toward sustainable dietary patterns under a water–energy–food nexus
           life cycle thinking approach

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Laura Batlle-Bayer, Rubén Aldaco, Alba Bala, Pere Fullana-i-Palmer The big challenge of the next decades is meeting the global nutritional demand, while reducing the pressure on food resources and the GHG emissions. In this regard, the overall goal consists of redesigning the food systems and promoting sustainable dietary patterns is a crucial aspect. This article focuses on reviewing the state-of-the-art of the combined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and the Water–Energy–Food (WEF) Nexus approach in assessing the effects of diet transitions. Diet LCAs differ in methodology, design, and assessed environmental impacts. The WEF nexus, which aims at finding synergies and trade-offs between the water, energy, and food resources systems, has been applied to different contexts and levels. However, a limited number of nexus methods have been developed at the food and diet levels, and no commonly recognizable methodology for the nexus assessment has been achieved. An integrated LCA and WEF Nexus approach can be a decisive tool to improve the understanding of the interconnections in the nexus, as it enables the consideration of entire supply chains.
       
  • Dynamics of water–energy–food nexus methodology, methods, and
           tools

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Aiko Endo, Makoto Yamada, Yuji Miyashita, Ryo Sugimoto, Akira Ishii, Jun Nishijima, Masahiko Fujii, Takaaki Kato, Hideki Hamamoto, Michinori Kimura, Terukazu Kumazawa, Jiaguo Qi A review was conducted to understand the current status of the water–energy–food nexus, focusing on its methodology, and the process through which the nexus approach has academically and geographically expanded across and synthesized more than one discourse, discipline, and domain via its methodology as interdisciplinary and integrated approaches. The review article types were categorized into five groups and comprehensively analyzed. Various indicators to assess the nexus methods and tools, reported in previous studies, that can be used to select appropriate methods and tools for methodology and research designs. The studies in the reviewed articles were characterized by various stages of interdisciplinary research. In addition, the water–energy–food nexus initiatives, which generalize methods and tools, applying mixed methods to the replicability of specific case studies, were discussed based on the findings.
       
  • A comprehensive review of environmental and operational issues of
           constructed wetland systems

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Carlo Ingrao, Sabina Failla, Claudia Arcidiacono Constructed wetlands (CWs) are increasingly gaining ground for the treatment of domestic and agricultural wastewaters, coal mine drainage, and stormwater runoff, mainly because of a set of beneficial features, including environmental quality preservation, landscape conservation, and economic convenience. These would not be possible without activities such as monitoring and harvesting that can significantly contribute to both pollutant removal efficiency and sustainability of CWs.This review investigates this field of research by touching those themes and close-related ones, to contribute to enhancing the state of the art and the knowledge on CWs.
       
  • Circular economy approach to reduce water–energy–food nexus

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Adriana Del Borghi, Luca Moreschi, Michela Gallo The increase in world population and the resulting demand for food, water, and energy are exerting increasing pressure on soil, water resources, and ecosystems. Identification of approaches to reduce the related cross-sectoral environmental impacts for the water–energy–food nexus is, therefore, crucial. The purpose of the review was to discuss the circular economy approaches devoted to understand the interdependencies among these three sectors. In particular, the review focuses on the importance of the application of life cycle thinking and life cycle assessment for understanding the interconnections in the nexus along the whole supply chains. Moreover, researches related to water and energy use in the agrifood sector are presented, addressing food waste management alternatives in a circular economy perspective.
       
  • Energy flow modeling and optimization trends in food supply chain: a mini
           review

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Amin Nikkhah, Sam Van Haute Energy auditing, modeling, and optimization are the important tools which can be considered toward achieving a sustainable food supply chain (FSC). In this regard, energy modeling and optimization have become a hot topic in the food sector, and thus, several mathematical and computational intelligent-based systems have been applied to model and optimize the energy flows of FSC. This study briefly reviewed the widely used mathematical (multiple linear regressions and data envelopment analysis) and computational intelligent-based (artificial neural networks, adaptive neuro fuzzy inference systems, and genetic algorithm) approaches for modeling and optimization of the energy flow in FSC. On basis of the literature review, it can be inferred that computational intelligent-based approaches could better model and optimize the energy flows than mathematical approaches, and the performance of computational intelligent-based systems showed that this approach can be generally applicable for modeling and optimizing energy flows of FSC.
       
  • New solutions to reduce water and energy consumption in crop production: A
           water–energy–food nexus perspective

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Alessandra Scardigno Recent research studies and policies about innovative solutions to reduce water and energy consumption in food production are briefly reviewed. Options to increase water use efficiency and productivity include soil mulching, drip irrigation, deficit irrigation, and precision agriculture. As for the energy–water nexus, attention is focused on energy audits of water distribution networks; improving of system performance –– network sectoring, use of variable speed drives, critical points control, electricity tariff — and reduction of wastewater treatment’s energy use. At a larger scale, other solutions emerge: diversification and rotation of crops, cultivation of drought-resistant crops, and optimization process of the spatial distribution of cropping patterns. The rebound effect that can be associated to these options is also considered.
       
  • The water–energy–food nexus: bridging the science–policy
           divide

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Terry van Gevelt Although our technical understanding of water–energy–food (WEF) nexus dynamics continues to improve, this knowledge has not yet been translated into effective and implementable policy. My review of the literature suggests that key to bridging the science–policy divide is introducing a political dimension into our understanding of the WEF nexus. By applying insights from the broader area of environmental governance to real-world WEF nexus examples, we see that navigating WEF nexus trade-offs and ensuring the sustainable management of our resources is a ‘wicked’ problem necessarily solved through the political process. By moving beyond an apolitical and positivist conceptualisation of the WEF nexus, we can devise innovative solutions that leverage the contributions of robust science to better manage our WEF resources.
       
  • A fine kettle of fish: the fishing industry and environmental impacts

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      Abstract: Publication date: February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, Volume 13Author(s): Ian Vázquez-Rowe Overexploitation or full exploitation of fishing stocks first became an important problem in the second half of the 20th century, with certain fisheries collapsing and others being exploited in an unsustainable manner. This situation led to dwindling fish landings worldwide, although final seafood demand has not suffered this decrease thanks to the growth of aquaculture. Currently, new threats to marine biota are emerging that could ultimately lead to further stress on fishing stocks. The current opinion article explores these growing threats, which include the spread of dead zones throughout coastal areas, marine litter, especially microplastics and nanoplastics that are ingested by marine organisms and ultimately by humans, or the effects of climate change on world oceans, including acidification due to carbon dioxide absorption from the atmosphere or alteration in ocean circulation due to melting glaciers. Consequently, it is critical for stakeholders in the fishing sector to gain awareness of what is at stake in the upcoming decades. In fact, not only will fisheries have to expand their approach from single-species stock assessment to ecosystem-based approaches but also other metrics will have to be brought forward to maintain competitiveness and minimize food security concerns.Graphical abstractImage 1
       
  • Microalgae: A prospective low cost green alternative for nanoparticle
           synthesis

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      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & HealthAuthor(s): Jaya Mary Jacob, Rajeev Ravindran, Manoj Narayanan, S. Melvin Samuel, Arivalagan Pugazhendhi, Gopalakrishnan Kumar Nanoparticle synthesis from biological sources has recently evolved as a green alternative to the traditional chemical means of synthesis. Among the diverse green sources explored, microalgae with prominent advantages with respect to their ease in growth, ability to survive in extreme conditions of pH and temperature, make these entities as promising low cost, green machinery for the large scale synthesis of nanoparticles. Characterized with their ability to remediate wastewater along with the production of a wide variety of commercially important nanomaterials, economically viable growth associated products and the inherent carbon reduction potentials, algae are gaining wide interest as candidate renewable alternative for the traditional chemical synthesis options Although, several reviews have highlighted the importance of algal bio factories, the commercial large scale utilization of these biological agents is still aloof. In view of the immediate need to develop effective alternatives to the currently used sources for nanoparticles synthesis and environmental sustainability, it is relevant that individual research findings on the prospects of algae for nanoparticles production are updated and comprehended together in a way to facilitate scale up and commercialization of the technology. The present mini-review provides a brief outline about the growth and advantages of microalgae and the recent updates on the biogenesis of nanoparticles and quantum dots using microalgae with mention on the biosensing and environmental pollution detection properties on the microalgae derived nanomaterials.
       
  • Comparing microbial risks from multiple sustainable waste streams applied
           for agricultural use: Biosolids, manure, and diverted urine

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      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 January 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & HealthAuthor(s): Kerry A. Hamilton, Warish Ahmed, Eleanor Rauh, Channah Rock, Jean McLain, Rebecca L. MuenichABSTRACTDespite the global push for a circular water and nutrient economy, the United States still lags in recycling and reusing valuable waste streams. The reuse of waste streams could result in more sustainable agricultural practices by reducing water withdrawals in stressed environments and nutrient inputs to eutrophication-impacted ecosystems. However, microbial risks are a key barrier to reuse. We identify research and regulatory gaps through a systematic review of quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRA) and regulations for biosolids, manure, and human source-separated urine. We propose a cohesive path forward to improve upon existing QMRA approaches, to combine QMRA with other risk frameworks, and to develop integrated monitoring and control strategies by incorporating molecular biology tools. The application of a farm-to-fork risk-based approach that considers the combined use of waste streams is needed to develop comprehensive best management practices, treatment recommendations, and microbial quality criteria that promote food safety while advancing agricultural sustainability.
       
  • Indoor dust and associated chemical exposures

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      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 January 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & HealthAuthor(s): Lisa Melymuk, Hale Demirtepe, Simona Rozárka Jílková Given that more than 90% of time in industrialized countries is typically spent indoors, the indoor environment is a key source of environmental exposures contributing to the overall human exposome. Indoor settled dust is of particular interest because of its ubiquitous presence and human exposure across indoor environments; it serves as a sink for many indoor chemicals of concern, particularly plastic additives, personal care product components, pesticides and industrial chemicals, combustion by-products and heavy metals. Non-dietary dust ingestion and dermal contact with dust are important routes of human exposure to these chemicals. This review will summarize the properties and composition of typical indoor dust and relate these to the importance of indoor dust as a part of the human exposome.
       
  • The State of Technologies and Research for Energy Recovery from Municipal
           Wastewater Sludge and Biosolids

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      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 January 2020Source: Current Opinion in Environmental Science & HealthAuthor(s): Zhongzhe Liu, Brooke Mayer, Kaushik Venkiteshwaran, Saba Seyedi, Arun S.K. Raju, Daniel Zitomer, Patrick McNamara Wastewater resource recovery facilities produce wastewater solids that offer potential for energy recovery. This opinion article provides a perspective on state-of-the-art technologies to recover energy from sludge (unstabilized wastewater residual solids) and biosolids (stabilized wastewater solids meeting criteria for application on land). The production of biodiesel fuel is an emerging technology for energy recovery from sludge, while advancements in pre-treatment technologies have improved energy recovery from anaerobic digestion of sludge. Incineration is an established technology to recover energy from sludge or biosolids. Gasification, and to a greater extent, pyrolysis, are emerging technologies well-suited for energy recovery from biosolids. While gasification produces high-energy gases, pyrolysis has the benefit of producing biochar in addition to pyrolysis gas. Research on the use of pyrolysis liquids, however, must proceed to advance pyrolysis implementation efforts. Future research on improvements to dewatering and drying of sewage sludge and biosolids will help advance all technologies reviewed.
       
 
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