Journal of Pollution

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Volume 3, Issue 2 (2020)

    Research Article Pages: 1 - 5

    Long-term Measurements of Toluene and NO2 at Selected Locations in Kuwait

    Maryam Shehab and Amjad Moinuddin

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    Toluene and NO2 pollutants have an adverse effect on human health.

    Objective: In this research, we measured the concentrations of both Toluene and NO2 during 2019 in selected areas in Kuwait and their sources, including the Shuwaikh industrial area which has a large number of car service shops which may be the source of high concentrations of toluene. Methods: Datawere obtained from the Envista software used by the Kuwait Environmental Public Authority (KEPA) which measures the pollutants every minute daily in different locations in Kuwait.

    Results:Toluene results from the Shuwaikh industrial area showed the highest concentration reading (17.465 ppb) in November at 20:00. As for NO2, the highest concentration readings for the Shuwaikh industrial area, Al Salam, and Al-Mutla were (68 ppb) in May at 21:00 hours, (128 ppb) in February at 07:00 hours, and (83 ppb) in January at 21:00 hours and 22:00 hours respectively.

    Conclusion:The higher concentrations for both toluene and NO2 in the Shuwaikh industrial area are correlated with higher levels of traffic. High concentrations of NO2 in Al-Salam and Al-Mutla are also related to traffic.

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    Editorial Note for Journal of Pollution


    I am pleased to mention that during the year 2019, all issues of volume 2 were published online well within the time and the print issues were also brought out and dispatched within 30 days of publishing the issue online. During the calendar year 2019, HGEC received a total of 57 papers, out of which 44 articles (80%) were rejected in the preliminary screening due to plagiarism or being out of the format and peer review process. During 2019 around 10 articles were subjected for publication after they are accepted in the peer review process. In the 2 issues of Volume 2 published during the year 2019, a total of 8 articles were published (at an average of 4 articles per issue) of which, articles were published from authors all around the world. A total of 50 research scientists from all over the world reviewed the 8 articles published in volume 8. Average publication lag time of an article was further reduced to 2-3 weeks.

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