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  1. By example of a region in Northern Germany (County of Uelzen), this study investigates whether climate change is likely to require adaption of agricultural practices such as irrigation in Central Europe. Due t...

    Authors: Jan Riediger, Broder Breckling, Robert S Nuske and Winfried Schröder

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:18

    Content type: Research

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  2. While the use of plastic materials has generated huge societal benefits, the ‘plastic age’ comes with downsides: One issue of emerging concern is the accumulation of plastics in the aquatic environment. Here, ...

    Authors: Martin Wagner, Christian Scherer, Diana Alvarez-Muñoz, Nicole Brennholt, Xavier Bourrain, Sebastian Buchinger, Elke Fries, Cécile Grosbois, Jörg Klasmeier, Teresa Marti, Sara Rodriguez-Mozaz, Ralph Urbatzka, A Dick Vethaak, Margrethe Winther-Nielsen and Georg Reifferscheid

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:12

    Content type: Discussion

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  3. (Micro)Plastics in the aquatic environment are an issue of emerging concern. However, to date, there is considerable lack of knowledge on the abundance and toxicity of plastic debris in aquatic ecosystems, esp...

    Authors: Martin Wagner, Magnus Engwall and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:16

    Content type: Editorial

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  4. The substitution principle has been included in the EU pesticides legislation as a new element. Comparative assessments will have to be conducted for all uses of plant protection products (PPPs) that contain a...

    Authors: Michael Faust, Carolina Vogs, Stefanie Rotter, Janina Wöltjen, Andreas Höllrigl-Rosta, Thomas Backhaus and Rolf Altenburger

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:11

    Content type: Discussion

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  5. The health effects of a Roundup-tolerant NK603 genetically modified (GM) maize(from 11% in the diet), cultivated with or without Roundup application and Roundupalone (from 0.1 ppb of the full pesticide contain...

    Authors: Gilles-Eric Séralini, Emilie Clair, Robin Mesnage, Steeve Gress, Nicolas Defarge, Manuela Malatesta, Didier Hennequin and Joël Spiroux de Vendômois

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:14

    Content type: Research

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  6. We have studied the long-term toxicity of a Roundup-tolerant GM maize (NK603) and a whole Roundup pesticide formulation at environmentally relevant levels from 0.1 ppb. Our study was first published in Food and C...

    Authors: Gilles-Eric Séralini, Robin Mesnage, Nicolas Defarge and Joël Spiroux de Vendômois

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:13

    Content type: Commentary

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  7. The application of hydraulic fracturing during exploration and exploitation of unconventional natural gas reservoirs is currently under intense public discussion. On behalf of the German Federal Environment Ag...

    Authors: Axel Bergmann, Frank-Andreas Weber, H Georg Meiners and Frank Müller

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:10

    Content type: Research

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  8. European regulatory frameworks for chemicals (i.e. registered under REACH, plant protection products (PPPs), biocides, human and veterinary medicinal products) require that substances undergo an assessment to ...

    Authors: Caren Rauert, Anton Friesen, Georgia Hermann, Ulrich Jöhncke, Anja Kehrer, Michael Neumann, Ines Prutz, Jens Schönfeld, Astrid Wiemann, Karen Willhaus, Janina Wöltjen and Sabine Duquesne

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:9

    Content type: Discussion

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  9. Methane production as biofuels is a fast and strong growing technique for renewable energy. Substrates like waste (e.g. food, sludge from waste water treatment plants (WWTP), industrial wastes) can be used as ...

    Authors: Lillemor K Gustavsson, Sebastian Heger, Jörgen Ejlertsson, Veronica Ribé, Henner Hollert and Steffen H Keiter

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:8

    Content type: Research

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  10. The EU legislation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) aims to improve the level of human health and environmental protection which has also implications for occupat...

    Authors: Thea Hammerschmidt and Romy Marx

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:6

    Content type: Discussion

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  11. In Hesse, a federal state in central Germany, the average air temperature of the period 1991 to 2009 was by 0.9°C higher compared to that of 1961 to 1990. A further rise in air temperature of up to 3.7°C compa...

    Authors: Winfried Schröder, Gunther Schmidt and Simon Schönrock

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:5

    Content type: Research

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  12. The Neckar River (Southern Germany) represents an aquatic system strongly affected by numerous anthropogenic activities. Thus, it is an excellent model for ecotoxicological investigations. The present study ai...

    Authors: Krisztina Vincze, Katharina Graf, Volker Scheil, Heinz-R Köhler and Rita Triebskorn

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:3

    Content type: Research

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  13. With a growing production and use of agricultural substrates in biogas facilities, the competition between food and energy production, environmental issues, and sustainability goals has seen an increase in the...

    Authors: Roland Bauböck

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2014 26:1

    Content type: Research

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  14. About 20 years after the market introduction of the first GM plants, we review whether or not uncontrolled spread occurred. We summarise cases documented in the scientific literature and derive conclusions for...

    Authors: Andreas Bauer-Panskus, Broder Breckling, Sylvia Hamberger and Christoph Then

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:34

    Content type: Review

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  15. A 2-year rat feeding study with genetically modified NK603 maize sparked an international scientific and public debate as well as policy responses by the European Commission. The European Food Safety Authority...

    Authors: Hartmut Meyer and Angelika Hilbeck

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:33

    Content type: Review

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  16. Phytostabilization has been advocated as a promising approach to reduce mine tailings' adverse effects to surrounding environment. With many years of efforts in both laboratory and field trials, organic amendm...

    Authors: Xiaofang Li, Fang You, Longbin Huang, Ekaterina Strounina and Mansour Edraki

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:32

    Content type: Research

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  17. The aerobic biodegradation potential of benzotriazole (BTri), 4-, and 5-tolyltriazole (4-TTri, 5-TTri) by activated sludge communities (ASC), taken from three wastewater treatment plants (WWTP): a membrane bio...

    Authors: Bastian Herzog, Bettina Huber, Hilde Lemmer, Harald Horn and Elisabeth Müller

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:31

    Content type: Research

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  18. Most personal care products (PCPs) contain hazardous ingredients, but current legislation in the European Union (EU) and South Africa (SA) does not require these to be labelled as hazardous products. Instead, ...

    Authors: Ursula Klaschka and Hanna-Andrea Rother

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:30

    Content type: Commentary

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  19. Pharmaceuticals, like antiepileptic drugs, are found regularly in surface waters, and consequently, advanced waste water treatment technologies are discussed for substance elimination. Because antiepileptic dr...

    Authors: Christoph Hartwig, Elke Muth-Köhne and Rolf-Alexander Düring

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:29

    Content type: Research

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  20. Otto Hutzinger passed away on September 22, 2012 in Bad Ischl, Austria. He was a scientific pioneer in the field of environmental chemistry and a great architect of the institutions that continue to serve and ...

    Authors: Michael McLachlan, Karl-Werner Schramm, Dieter Lenoir, Kristina Voigt and Henner Hollert

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:28

    Content type: Editorial

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  21. This article introduces ‘Tox-Box’, a joint research project designed to develop a holistic approach towards a harmonized testing strategy for exposure- and hazard-based risk management of anthropogenic trace s...

    Authors: Tamara Grummt, Jochen Kuckelkorn, Arnold Bahlmann, Christa Baumstark-Khan, Werner Brack, Thomas Braunbeck, Sebastian Feles, Stefan Gartiser, Hansruedi Glatt, Rita Heinze, Christine E Hellweg, Henner Hollert, Ralf Junek, Martina Knauer, Birgit Kneib-Kissinger, Meike Kramer…

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:27

    Content type: Discussion

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  22. Atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition into terrestrial ecosystems is frequently considered as a threat to phyto-diversity. In previous investigations, the atmospheric N inputs enriched in mosses were recorded in...

    Authors: Michaela Kluge, Roland Pesch, Winfried Schröder and Andreas Hoffmann

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:26

    Content type: Research

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  23. ‘There is a high level of scientific uncertainty in nanoparticle research’ is often stated in the scientific literature, e.g., concerning the environmental fate of nanoparticles. Knowing more about these uncer...

    Authors: Ilona Heidmann and Jutta Milde

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:25

    Content type: Research

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  24. Coexistence measures such as isolation distances aim at minimizing conflicts between genetically modified (GM) and non-GM agricultural systems. Depending on landscape structure such as field sizes, field distr...

    Authors: Ulrich Stachow, Claudia Bethwell, Angelika Wurbs and Frieder Graef

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:24

    Content type: Research

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  25. Surfactants are widely used across the globe both in industrial and consumer products; their biodegradation characteristics are therefore of high importance. Upon entering a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), ...

    Authors: Charles Eadsforth, Tom Austin, Alain Bouvy, Giorgio Cassani, Juanantonio DeFerrer, Claus-Dierk Hager, Diederik Schowanek, Klaus Taeger and Andreas Willing

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:23

    Content type: Research

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  26. Energy policies from local to global scale are increasingly questioned in terms of sustainability. Evidence- and science-based decision making in this field needs a robust and transparent integrated assessment...

    Authors: Valentina Castellani, Andrea Piazzalunga and Serenella Sala

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:22

    Content type: Research

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  27. In urban areas, water often flows along a partially closed water cycle in which treated municipal wastewater is discharged into surface waters which are one source of raw waters used for drinking water supply....

    Authors: Martin Jekel, Aki Sebastian Ruhl, Felix Meinel, Frederik Zietzschmann, Stephan Pflugmacher Lima, Nina Baur, Melanie Wenzel, Regina Gnirß, Alexander Sperlich, Uwe Dünnbier, Uta Böckelmann, Daniel Hummelt, Patricia van Baar, Florian Wode, Dietmar Petersohn, Tamara Grummt…

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:20

    Content type: Review

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  28. The initial training network consortium novel tools in effect-directed analysis to support the identification and monitoring of emerging toxicants on a European scale (EDA-EMERGE) was formed in response to the...

    Authors: Werner Brack, Selvan Govender, Tobias Schulze, Martin Krauss, Meng Hu, Melis Muz, Juliane Hollender, Kristin Schirmer, Jennifer Schollee, Anita Hidasi, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Zuzana Rabova, Selim Ait-Aissa, Manoj Sonavane, Mario Carere, Marja Lamoree…

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:18

    Content type: Discussion

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  29. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in many fields of application and consumer products due to their antibacterial properties. The aim of this study was to prepare a hazard assessment for one specific...

    Authors: Karsten Schlich, Thorsten Klawonn, Konstantin Terytze and Kerstin Hund-Rinke

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:17

    Content type: Research

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  30. This article reports on the 3rd Young Environmental Scientists Meeting that was hosted from 11 to 13 February 2013 by the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. T...

    Authors: Jochen P Zubrod, Dragan M Jevtić, Aupaki Michael Melato, Dominic Englert, Mirco Weil, Erica K Brockmeier, Tilman Floehr, Varja Knežević, Annika Agatz and Markus Brinkmann

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:16

    Content type: Commentary

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  31. On the way to a more sustainable society, transport needs to be urgently optimized regarding energy consumption and pollution control. While in earlier decades, Europe followed automobile technology leaps init...

    Authors: Michel Cames and Eckard Helmers

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:15

    Content type: Discussion

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  32. The project RISKCYCLE (“Risk-based management of chemicals and products in a circular economy at a global scale”) was funded by the European Union Framework Program 7 (“FP7”). It started in 2009 and its aims w...

    Authors: Veit Grundmann, Bernd Bilitewski, Antje Zehm, Rosa Mari Darbra and Damià Barceló

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:14

    Content type: Review

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  33. It has been hypothesised that farmers in countries that do not adopt GM crops do or will have fewer seed options. By extension, there is concern that the choices made by countries that have so far rejected GM ...

    Authors: Angelika Hilbeck, Tamara Lebrecht, Raphaela Vogel, Jack A Heinemann and Rosa Binimelis

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:12

    Content type: Discussion

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  34. The European chemicals legislation REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) defines criteria to identify substances of very high concern (SVHC). Within these, the property c...

    Authors: Christiane Zarfl and Michael Matthies

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:11

    Content type: Research

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  35. A number of international and national programs classify substances that are persistent (P or very P), bioaccumulative (B or very B), toxic (T), or have the potential for long-range transport. The oldest of th...

    Authors: Keith Solomon, Michael Matthies and Marco Vighi

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:10

    Content type: Discussion

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  36. The intensive use of veterinary medicines in livestock farming can potentially lead to a contamination of manure and digestates by antibiotics. In 2009 the Northrhein-Westfalian Agency for Nature, Environment ...

    Authors: Christiane Ratsak, Barbara Guhl, Sebastian Zühlke and Thomas Delschen

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:7

    Content type: Research

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  37. The EU Council and Parliament recently agreed on a new regulation that will implement a new EU-wide, harmonized system for the authorization for biocidal products. Such products are in most cases multi-compone...

    Authors: Thomas Backhaus, Rolf Altenburger, Michael Faust, Daniel Frein, Tobias Frische, Per Johansson, Anja Kehrer and Tobias Porsbring

    Citation: Environmental Sciences Europe 2013 25:4

    Content type: Research

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