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Soil Syst. 2018, 2(3), 51;

The Fate of Chemical Pollutants with Soil Properties and Processes in the Climate Change Paradigm—A Review

Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5085, Australia
Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, ACT Building, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation, the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
Department of Ecological Studies and International Centre for Ecological Engineering, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, Nadia-741235, West Bengal, India
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Received: 29 June 2018 / Revised: 27 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Soil Processes Controlling Contaminant Dynamics)
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Heavy metal(loid)s and organic contaminants are two major groups of pollutants in soils. The fate and exposure of such pollutants in soil depends on their chemical properties, speciation, and soil properties. Soil properties and processes that control the toxicological aspects of pollutants include temperature, moisture, organic matter, mineral fractions, and microbial activities. These processes are vulnerable to climate change associated with global warming, including increased incidences of extreme rainfall, extended dry periods, soil erosion, and a rise in sea level. Here we explain evidence that relates to the effects of climate change-driven soil processes on the mobility, transport, and storage of pollutants in soil. The review found that changes in climate could increase human exposure to soil contaminants mainly due to processes involving soil organic carbon (SOC), surface runoff, redox state, and microbial community. However, uncertainties remain in relation to the extent of contaminant toxicity to human health, which is linked to global change drivers. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil contaminants; soil process; climate changes; ecotoxicity of pollutants soil contaminants; soil process; climate changes; ecotoxicity of pollutants

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Biswas, B.; Qi, F.; Biswas, J.K.; Wijayawardena, A.; Khan, M.A.I.; Naidu, R. The Fate of Chemical Pollutants with Soil Properties and Processes in the Climate Change Paradigm—A Review. Soil Syst. 2018, 2, 51.

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