Themed collection Environmental Science: Atmospheres: Recent Review Articles
Optimising air quality co-benefits in a hydrogen economy: a case for hydrogen-specific standards for NOx emissions
Hydrogen may play a major role as an energy source to support net zero but combustion leads to emissions of NOx, a key air pollutant. Delivering optimal air quality co-benefits may need more ambitious hydrogen-specific emission standards developing.
A new advance in the pollution profile, transformation process, and contribution to aerosol formation and aging of atmospheric amines
Atmospheric amines from various sources undergo a variety of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions to contribute to the overall process of aerosol particle formation and further affect the climate.
Electrical charging of snow and ice in polar regions and the potential impact on atmospheric chemistry
Different processes can lead to high electrical field strengths in snow and ice in polar regions with the potential to initiate free radical processes and a number of other chemical modifications.
The potential environmental and climate impacts of stratospheric aerosol injection: a review
This article reviews scientific evidence for the potential environmental impacts of stratospheric aerosol injection, a form of solar radiation geoengineering.
Uncertainties in mitigating aviation non-CO2 emissions for climate and air quality using hydrocarbon fuels
The effects of aviation's non-CO2 emissions on climate and air quality are complex and relatively poorly understood. Mitigation measures need to be very carefully considered so that perverse outcomes do not result.
Applications of the octanol–air partitioning ratio: a critical review
Although prediction methods exist for the partitioning between air and various environmental and biological phases, that do not depend on octanol, the KOA still serves a role as a single parameter quantifying compound volatility from different phases.
Marine aerosol feedback on biogeochemical cycles and the climate in the Anthropocene: lessons learned from the Pacific Ocean
Marine aerosol feedback on biogeochemical cycles and the climate remains highly uncertain due to the complex interplay. This review highlights recent advances in our understanding of organic aerosols, nitrogen, and iron as well as cloud properties over the Pacific Ocean.
Human skin oil: a major ozone reactant indoors
Much of the ozone that enters buildings reacts with human skin oils, both on occupants and on other surfaces. Products of these reactions influence human chemical exposures.
Acetaldehyde in the indoor environment
Acetaldehyde is ubiquitous in the atmosphere. The relevant sources and the concentrations occurring indoors are discussed and evaluated on the basis of health-related criteria and guide values.
Detection techniques for air-borne isocyanates based on fluorescent derivatizing agents
The high toxicity of isocyanate species in the workplace demands the development of sensitive techniques for the detection of isocyanates to protect workers from adverse health effects.
Ecological and human health risks of atmospheric microplastics (MPs): a review
Microplastics (MPs) in the atmosphere are ubiquitous and persistent emerging pollutants which have been an environmental issue of global concern.
Snow particles physiochemistry: feedback on air quality, climate change, and human health
During the last several decades, numerous researchers have provided evidence that physical and biogeochemical processes at air-snow/ice-water interfaces are very complex, and, in many cases, interlinked.
Decarbonisation of heavy-duty diesel engines using hydrogen fuel: a review of the potential impact on NOx emissions
Hydrogen–diesel co-fuelling may reduce NOx and PM2.5 emissions if used in lower load construction machinery and HGVs. In high load applications such as electrical generators, emissions could be higher than pure diesel, unless further abated.
Terrestrial carbon cycle: tipping edge of climate change between the atmosphere and biosphere ecosystems
Being a climate change nexus, the study on the carbon cycle depicts the existence of its mechanistic link with the atmospheric and biospheric environment.
Review of methods for assessing deposition of reactive nitrogen pollutants across complex terrain with focus on the UK
We report on key findings and knowledge gaps identified regarding measurement and modelling techniques used to quantify deposition of Nr across complex terrain in the UK, which may represent up to 60% of land coverage across Great Britain.
Emerging investigator series: surfactants, films, and coatings on atmospheric aerosol particles: a review
Surfactants alter the physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosol particles.
Impacts of crop type, management and soil quality indicators on background nitrous oxide emissions (BNE) from Chinese croplands: a quantitative review and analysis
Crop types have significant impacts (p < 0.05) on the background nitrous oxide emissions (BNE) from soils. The annual BNE for China when considering the proportion of planting area is 0.69 ± 1.52 kg N–N2O ha−1.
Particulate nitrate photolysis in the atmosphere
Particulate nitrate photolysis can lead to the formation of secondary inorganic and organic aerosols that affect climate, air quality, and human health.
Methane detection and quantification in the upstream oil and gas sector: the role of satellites in emissions detection, reconciling and reporting
Satellites could revolutionise the way global oil and gas methane is reported. There are many barriers to overcome before satellites can play an active role in methane emissions reporting.
Aging of atmospheric aerosols and the role of iron in catalyzing brown carbon formation
Iron in mineral dust can catalyze reactions with atmospheric organics that lead to the formation of brown carbon (BrC) that impact the climate in a number of ways.
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