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Water pollution in the impact areas of the two abandoned metal ore mines in Slovenia and Portugal
Doroteja Gošar, 2015, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Mining in both Mežica zinc and lead mine and in Freixeda gold mine caused negative environmental impacts. The main objective of the thesis was to study negative impacts on water quality through time. During the process various literature sources were studied, field work and chemical analyses were performed and interpretation of results with different statistical methods was done. In Mežica mine the quality of surface water has improved through time and nowadays the Meža River is of good quality. The biggest change was shown in the case of Helena rivulet, where Pb, Zn and Cd concentration between 2002 and 2015 lowered below limit values. Preventive measures and treatment of waste deposits had positive impact on water quality and based on standards for drinking water, groundwater from mine could be a source of drinking water. In Freixeda stream concentration of heavy metals lowered through time and in 2015 values of Zn, Pb, Cd and Cu in Freixeda stream before confluence with the Tua River were below the limit value. An exception is the increased value of As, which was caused by acid mine drainage (AMD) inflow from the mine, but also by the discharge from confined aquifer to Freixeda stream. Treatment of AMD was efficient for a while but due to lack of maintenance it is no longer effective.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: Abandoned mines, heavy metals, pollution, Mežica mine, Freixeda mine
Published: 05.10.2015; Views: 2993; Downloads: 188
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Biotransformation of copper oxide nanoparticles by the pathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea
Katarina Vogel-Mikuš, Darko Makovec, Tamás Papp, Iztok Arčon, Johannes Teun van Elteren, Marjana Regvar, Eva Kovačec, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Two plant pathogenic fungi, Botrytis cinerea and Alternaria alternata, isolated from crop plants, were exposed to Cu in ionic (Cu2þ), microparticulate (MP, CuO) or nanoparticulate (NP, Cu or CuO) form, in solid and liquid culturing media in order to test fungal response and toxic effects of the mentioned compounds for the potential use as fungicides. B. cinerea has shown pronounced growth and lower levels of lipid peroxidation compared to A. alternata. Its higher resistance/tolerance is attributed mainly to biotransformation of CuO and Cu NPs and CuO MPs into a blue compound at the fungal/culturing media interface, recognized by Cu K-edge EXAFS analysis as Cu-oxalate complex. The pronounced activity of catechol-type siderophores and organic acid secretion in B. cinerea induce leaching and mobilization of Cu ions from the particles and their further complexation with extracellularly secreted oxalic acid. The ability of pathogenic fungus to biotransform CuO MPs and NPs hampers their use as fungicides. However the results show that B. cinerea has a potential to be used in degradation of Cu(O) nanoparticles in environment, copper extraction and purification techniques.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...copper, metal oxide nanoparticles, detoxification mechanisms, metal pollution, Cu-oxalate...
Keywords: copper, metal oxide nanoparticles, detoxification mechanisms, metal pollution, Cu-oxalate
Published: 23.08.2017; Views: 1470; Downloads: 0
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Assessment of Pb, Cd and Hg soil contamination and its potential to cause cytotoxic and genotoxic effects in human cell lines (CaCo-2 and HaCaT)
Maida Šljivić Husejnović, Martina Bergant Marušič, Sasa Jankovic, Suzana Žižek, Aida Smajlović, Adaleta Softić, Omer Music, Biljana Antonijevic, 2018, original scientific article

Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Lead, Cadmium and mercury, Soil pollution, Tuzla Canton, Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity...
Keywords: Lead, Cadmium and mercury, Soil pollution, Tuzla Canton, Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity
Published: 25.01.2018; Views: 1055; Downloads: 0
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Tanja Petrushevska, 2018, professional article

Abstract: Light pollution is a serious problem in majority of European countries, with negative effects on the environment, animal life and human health. Not only light pollution is causing unnecessary electricity consumption, it also prevents the citizens to enjoy the dark night sky. Following the experience in Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy with approaching this problem, we proposed a joined effort to perform field measurements of the light pollution, increase the awareness of this issue to the public and the policy makers in Macedonia. Light pollution is a very interdisciplinary field that necessitates the collaboration of policy makers, environmentalist, amateur and professional astronomers. The proposal was submitted to proESOF initiative in Trieste, Italy. This initiative consists of the organisation of collaborative events in North East Italy and the Balkan countries where the objective is to spread science for the benefit to the citizens. ProESOF events will happen before 2020, after which the main event “Trieste – European City of Science” will follow. Our proposal has been positively judged by the proESOF evaluators, and currently we are waiting for their decision regarding the financial support they will provide. The first step will to train a group of people to perform field measurements of light pollution. The second step is to share these results, so the target is the general public in Macedonia. To successfully fight light pollution, anti-light pollution laws have to be made and enforced, so relevant politicians and law makers in Macedonia will be included. We will use the local team who has experience and contacts with the media, so that this event gets covered well. This will be a first meeting of this kind in Skopje, Macedonia which will join experts of the region and offer new ideas to fight light pollution in Macedonia and the Balkans. Macedonia is one of the few countries that is lacking any initiative when it comes to light pollution. It is very important to act timely, also because in Macedonia there are still some regions with dark sky that can be saved. Italy and Slovenia have collaborated previously on several occasion regarding light pollution: the purpose of the project Public Lighting of the Future that was running from 2011 to 2014 was to create a common methodology and database. After our proposed workshop and measurement, the aim will be to include Macedonia in this common effort to fight light light pollution.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: light pollution
Published: 11.09.2018; Views: 708; Downloads: 0
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Retrieval of Vertical Mass Concentration Distributions—Vipava Valley Case Study
Miloš Miler, Janja Vaupotič, Luka Drinovec, Griša Močnik, William Eichinger, Klemen Bergant, Samo Stanič, Longlong Wang, Mateja Gosar, Asta Gregorič, 2019, original scientific article

Abstract: Aerosol vertical profiles are valuable inputs for the evaluation of aerosol transport models, in order to improve the understanding of aerosol pollution ventilation processes which drive the dispersion of pollutants in mountainous regions. With the aim of providing high-accuracy vertical distributions of particle mass concentration for the study of aerosol dispersion in small-scale valleys, vertical profiles of aerosol mass concentration for aerosols from different sources (including Saharan dust and local biomass burning events) were investigated over the Vipava valley, Slovenia, a representative hot-spot for complex mixtures of different aerosol types of both anthropogenic and natural origin. The analysis was based on datasets taken between 1–30 April 2016. In-situ measurements of aerosol size, absorption, and mass concentration were combined with lidar remote sensing, where vertical profiles of aerosol concentration were retrieved. Aerosol samples were characterized by SEM-EDX, to obtain aerosol morphology and chemical composition. Two cases with expected dominant presence of different specific aerosol types (mineral dust and biomass-burning aerosols) show significantly different aerosol properties and distributions within the valley. In the mineral dust case, we observed a decrease of the elevated aerosol layer height and subsequent spreading of mineral dust within the valley, while in the biomass-burning case we observed the lifting of aerosols above the planetary boundary layer (PBL). All uncertainties of size and assumed optical properties, combined, amount to the total uncertainty of aerosol mass concentrations below 30% within the valley. We have also identified the most indicative in-situ parameters for identification of aerosol type.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...order to improve the understanding of aerosol pollution ventilation processes which drive the dispersion of...
Keywords: valley air pollution, aerosol vertical distributions, lidar remote sensing, in-situ measurements, aerosol identification
Published: 09.01.2019; Views: 1183; Downloads: 37
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Dominik Nemec, Franci Novak, 2018, other monographs and other completed works

Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...air pollution, fireworks, airborne particles...
Keywords: air pollution, fireworks, airborne particles
Published: 09.01.2019; Views: 887; Downloads: 35
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First attempt to start fighting light pollution in Macedonia
Tanja Petrushevska, Andrej Mohar, 2018, published scientific conference contribution abstract (invited lecture)

Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: light pollution, Macedonia
Published: 14.01.2019; Views: 721; Downloads: 4
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Use of reactive tracers to determine ambient OH radical concentrations: Application within the indoor environment
Dudley E. Shallcross, Keven C Clemitshaw, Guy C Lloyd-Jones, Graham Nickless, Stephen J Henshaw, Fredrik K Petersson, Maria Paz Muñoz, Damien Martin, Iain R White, 2010, original scientific article

Abstract: The hydroxyl radical (OH) plays a key role in determining indoor air quality. However, its highly reactive nature and low concentration indoors impede direct analysis. This paper describes the techniques used to indirectly quantify indoor OH, including the development of a new method based on the instantaneous release of chemical tracers into the air. This method was used to detect ambient OH in two indoor seminar rooms following tracer detection by gas chromatography- mass spectrometry (GCMS). The results from these tests add to the small number of experiments that have measured indoor OH which are discussed with regard to future directions within air quality research.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Ozone, Indoor air pollution, Indoor ozone, chemical tracers...
Keywords: Ozone, Indoor air pollution, Indoor ozone, chemical tracers
Published: 18.07.2019; Views: 508; Downloads: 0
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Bistra's Adventures
Nika Simčič, Klemen Levičnik, Tina Mahnič, 2019, other monographs and other completed works

Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: environment, environmental awareness, invasive species, water pollution
Published: 28.11.2019; Views: 411; Downloads: 0
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Ivana Pandža, Katja Belec, Matjaž Žvokelj, Merima Vrškić, Tajda Huber, Ula Urbas, 2020, treatise, preliminary study, study

Abstract: In this study, we measured the concentrations of specific heavy metals in the soil and sediment samples taken on different locations of the cities of Maribor (Slovenia), and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The report also includes a questionnaire regarding the residents’ views about the environmental quality of the city they live in.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Soil, sediments, heavy metals, AAS, pollution, questionnaire, environmental quality....
Keywords: Soil, sediments, heavy metals, AAS, pollution, questionnaire, environmental quality.
Published: 11.09.2020; Views: 123; Downloads: 0
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