Articles | Volume 20, issue 23
Research article
01 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 01 Dec 2020

Nationwide increase of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ultrafine particles during winter over China revealed by size-segregated measurements

Qingqing Yu, Xiang Ding, Quanfu He, Weiqiang Yang, Ming Zhu, Sheng Li, Runqi Zhang, Ruqin Shen, Yanli Zhang, Xinhui Bi, Yuesi Wang, Ping'an Peng, and Xinming Wang


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AR by Xinming Wang on behalf of the Authors (29 Sep 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (03 Oct 2020) by Yongjie Li
AR by Xinming Wang on behalf of the Authors (13 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (14 Oct 2020) by Yongjie Li
Short summary
We carried out a 1-year PM concurrent observation at 12 sites across six regions of China, and size-segregated PAHs were measured. We found both PAHs and BaPeq were concentrated in PM1.1, and northern China had higher PAHs' pollution and inhalation cancer risk than southern China. Nationwide increases in both PAH levels and inhalation cancer risk occurred in winter. We suggest reducing coal and biofuel consumption in the residential sector is an important option to mitigate PAHs' health risks.
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