Latest Methylmercury Stories
SILVER SPRING, Md., Nov.
A decade after first advising pregnant and breast-feeding women to avoid most types of seafood, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now encouraging those individuals to eat more fish – provided it is low in mercury.
WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, FDA and EPA issued draft updated advice on fish consumption.
NEW YORK, Feb.
A Dartmouth-University of Connecticut study of the northeast United States shows that methylmercury concentrations in estuary waters -- not in sediment as commonly thought -- are the best way to predict mercury contamination in the marine food chain.
Researchers have assumed for years that high and increasing levels of mercury in the North American and European Arctic means the same is true of fish elsewhere in the Arctic. However, researchers feel that in much of the continental Arctic, that assumption is misguided.
Hot spots of mercury pollution in aquatic sediments and soils can contaminate local food webs and threaten ecosystems, but cleaning them up can be expensive and destructive.
Rising ocean surface temperatures caused by climate change could make fish accumulate more mercury, increasing the health risk to people who eat seafood.
Mercury (element) Mercury, also called quicksilver, is a chemical element in the periodic table that has the symbol Hg (from the Greek hydrargyrum, for watery (or liquid) silver) and atomic number 80. A heavy, silvery, transition metal, mercury is one of only two elements that are liquid at room temperature (the other is bromine). Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers and other scientific apparatuses. Mercury is mostly obtained by reduction from the mineral cinnabar. Notable...