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2014-02-20 08:31:28

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fluoride joins lead, arsenic, methylmercury, toluene, tetrachloroethylene, and other chemicals known to cause harm to brains, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Fluoride is newly classified as a developmental neurotoxin by medical authorities in the March 2014 journal Lancet Neurology. The authors are Dr. Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Icahn School of Medicine. The...

2014-02-19 11:05:43

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. The findings raise questions about current mercury cleanup practices, and shed new light on the different ways in which the toxic metal bioaccumulates in aquatic species, from bottom-dwelling worms to forage fish to larger fish consumed by...

Mercury In Arctic Russian Rivers On The Decline
2013-12-21 05:37:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. A team of researchers from the US, Russia, and Canada, however, has discovered that in much of the continental Arctic, that assumption is misguided. Differences in mercury processes occur because of diverse atmospheric, geological, and biological conditions....

New Low-cost, Nonhazardous Way To Cut Risks From Mercury Hot Spots
2013-10-25 10:59:23

Smithsonian 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. Researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and University of Maryland, Baltimore County have found a new low-cost, nonhazardous way to reduce the risk of exposure: using charcoal to trap it in the soil. Mercury-contaminated "Superfund sites" contain some of the highest levels of...

2013-10-10 20:20:40

KUMAMOTO, Japan, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Countries signing the world's first international mercury treaty have a "moral and legal" obligation to fully implement all treaty provisions, said IPEN, an international NGO, which participated in the three-year treaty process. More than 100 countries signed the Minamata Convention, as the treaty is known, Thursday in a ceremony in Kumamoto, Japan. "The mercury treaty is a victory because it represents a global consensus that mercury...

2013-10-04 13:11:49

Dartmouth, other researchers report global warming may boost fishes' metabolism and accumulation of toxic metal Rising ocean surface temperatures caused by climate change could make fish accumulate more mercury, increasing the health risk to people who eat seafood, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues report in a study in the journal PLOS ONE. Until now, little has been known about how global warming may affect mercury bioaccumulation in marine life, and no previous study has...

2013-10-01 12:27:13

MINAMATA, Japan, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just prior to the adoption of a global treaty on mercury[i], a new Zero Mercury Working Group[ii] report[iii] highlights the importance of the treaty being ratified as soon as possible to reduce global pollution and exposure to mercury. The treaty is expected be signed next week near Minamata, Japan, where a major mercury poisoning incident was first discovered in the 1950's.[iv] Civil society organizations from 9 countries -...

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 —...

2013-09-13 08:20:44

Scientists reveal how organic mercury can interfere with vision More than one billion people worldwide rely on fish as an important source of animal protein, states the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. And while fish provide slightly over 7 per cent of animal protein in North America, in Asia they represent about 23 per cent of consumption. Humans consume low levels of methylmercury by eating fish and seafood. Methylmercury compounds specifically target the central...

Mercury In Pacific Fish On The Rise
2013-08-26 05:30:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The amount of toxic mercury found in Pacific Ocean fish is expected to increase over the next several decades, claims new research appearing in the August 25 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience. Using recently-developed isotopic measurement techniques, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii reported that they have discovered how methylmercury gets into open-ocean fish, thus infecting the...


Latest Methylmercury Reference Libraries

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2005-05-26 08:49:14

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...

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