Latest Methylmercury Stories
A long-term study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the BioDiversity Research Institute, and other organizations has found and confirmed that environmental mercuryâ€”much of which comes from human-generated emissionsâ€”is impacting both the health and reproductive success of common loons in the Northeast.
The health risks posed by mercury contaminated fish is sufficient to warrant issuing a worldwide general warning to the public â€” especially children and women of childbearing age - to be careful about how much and which fish they eat.
The European Parliament on Tuesday backed plans to phase out the use of mercury in non-electrical measuring devices, with the exception of barometers and antique instruments.
By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mercury built into older-model U.S. vehicles will be removed before they are melted down for scrap under an agreement announced on Friday, putting a small dent in a worsening global environmental threat.
Scientists for years have been at a loss to explain unexpectedly high levels of mercury in fish swimming the rivers and streams of areas like eastern Oregon, far away from industrial sources of mercury pollution such as coal-fired power plants.
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Levels of lead have dropped dramatically, exposure to second-hand smoke is down and most women are not burdened by unsafe levels of mercury, according to the latest U.S. government survey on chemical exposures.
Federal scientists studying the Great Salt Lake have found some of the highest levels of mercury ever measured anywhere - prompting concern about some of the migratory birds that feed on the lake's brine shrimp.
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...
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
- A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
- To mutter deliriously.