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2013-09-13 10:17:37

Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned. This finding, published in Environmental Science and Technology, explains why deadly methylated mercury is produced in areas where the neurotoxin’s presence has puzzled researchers for decades. Methylmercury —...

Legacy Mercury Levels In Fish, Environment Will Persist For Centuries
2013-07-09 09:29:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Significant reductions in mercury emissions will be necessary just to stabilize current levels of the toxic element in the environment, according to new research from a team led by Harvard University. Surface reservoirs, such as soil, air and water, hold an enormous amount of mercury from past pollution going back thousands of years. Scientists believe it will continue to persist in the ocean and accumulate in fish for decades to...

2013-01-19 04:21:09

GENEVA, Jan. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After four years of deliberation, a new global regime rises today that will govern toxic mercury worldwide. The new treaty is a mixture of mandatory and voluntary elements intended to control the burgeoning global mercury crisis. While heading in the right direction, the Zero Mercury Working Group(i), expressed concerns about the treaty not reaching far enough nor fast enough to address the spiraling human health risks from mercury exposure....

2013-01-09 08:22:25

Final International Mercury Treaty Negotiation Begins Jan. 13 GORHAM, Maine, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new scientific report finds that humans and marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury and that mercury levels in humans and fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines. The report, a collaboration between IPEN and Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), highlights the urgent need for an overall reduction in mercury emissions when government...