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Climate Change Increases Risk of Mercury Contamination

October 16, 2019

As global temperatures continue to rise, the thawing of permafrost in Arctic areas is being accelerated and mercury…
Identifying factors that influence mercury levels in tuna

January 28, 2019

Most consumers’ exposure to toxic methylmercury occurs when they eat fish. But research just published in the ACS…
Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes

December 21, 2018

A new study has found an unexpected connection between water levels in lakes and toxic mercury levels in…
Wildfire ash could trap mercury

December 14, 2018

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, heat waves and drought conditions spawned hundreds of wildfires in the…
Record levels of mercury released by thawing permafrost in Canadian Arctic

December 10, 2018

Permafrost thaw slumps in the western Canadian Arctic are releasing record amounts of mercury into waterways, according to…
Fish can detox too – but not so well, when it comes to mercury

November 22, 2018

It takes six months to get really good at accurately gauging the age of yelloweye rockfish. Because they…
CSIRO’s cyanide-free gold showcases non-toxic solution

August 28, 2018

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has produced the country’s first gold using a non-toxic chemical process in an…
How can a heavy iron anvil float on liquid mercury? (Video)

May 31, 2018

Turn on your imagination and answer – what would happen if you would threw a 50 kg anvil…
Mercury rising: Are the fish we eat toxic?

May 16, 2018

The amount of mercury extracted from the sea by industrial fishing has grown steadily since the 1950s, potentially…
Ecology—Better mercury predictions

March 4, 2018

Analyses of creek algae informed a new model that can more accurately predict the presence of the neurotoxin…
Study: 2016 Shenandoah fire released mercury into mountain stream

November 3, 2017

On April 16, 2016, a fire began to rage in Shenandoah National Park, in an area known as…
Sweeping lighthouse light without mercury

August 16, 2017

Two engineers from DTU are helping conservation bodies in the Nordic countries to restore the flashing, sweeping lights…
Study finds mercury levels in Arctic soils 5 times higher than temperate regions

July 14, 2017

Plants and soil in the Arctic tundra absorb and store mercury released into the atmosphere by industry and…
Mystery of the missing mercury at the Great Salt Lake

April 26, 2017

Around 2010, the deep waters of Utah’s Great Salt Lake contained high levels of toxic methylmercury. Mercury measurements…
Fish and mercury: Detailed consumption advisories would better serve women across U.S.

March 10, 2017

Among women of childbearing age in the U.S., fish consumption has increased in recent years while blood mercury…
Mercury in Hawaiian bigeye, yellowfin tuna rising

March 9, 2017

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian-caught bigeye and yellowfin tuna are steadily rising and mirror increases in North Pacific waters…
Scientists identify enzymes that create a highly toxic form of mercury in Antarctic sea ice

September 4, 2016

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) assisted a team from the University of Melbourne(link is external) in…
Lightening strikes: Thunderstorms spread mercury pollution

August 31, 2016

In the southern United States, an afternoon thunderstorm is part of a regular summer day. But new research…
Antarctic sea ice may be a source of mercury in Southern Ocean fish and birds

August 6, 2016

Published in the journal Nature Microbiology, the results are the first to show that sea-ice bacteria can change…
New ORNL tool probes for genes linked to toxic methylmercury

July 21, 2016

Environmental scientists can more efficiently detect genes required to convert mercury in the environment into more toxic methylmercury…
UGA research links inorganic mercury exposure to damaged cell processes

December 23, 2015

University of Georgia research has found that inorganic mercury, which was previously thought to be a less harmful…
CABNR researchers show a popular mercury measuring system yields inaccurate data

December 15, 2015

Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have found that an instrument the scientific community commonly uses to…
New Tool Can Determine the Sources of Mercury Found in the Great Lakes

December 12, 2015

For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between…
Field widens for environments, microbes that produce toxic form of mercury

October 12, 2015

Thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment in marine coastal areas pose some of the greatest risks for the production…
The Human Cost of ‘Clean’ Energy

September 16, 2015

A proposed hydroelectric dam intended to provide “clean” energy in Labrador, Canada may have a more damaging impact…
Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater

September 9, 2015

As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury…
Highly-precise comparison of mercury and strontium optical lattice clocks

June 25, 2015

A University of Tokyo and RIKEN research group has developed a mercury-based optical lattice clock and measured the…
Researchers develop new instrument to monitor atmospheric mercury

February 2, 2015

Researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science developed and tested a…
Capturing mercury from air in gold shops

December 30, 2014

In any given year, workers in artisanal and small-scale gold mining shops in remote locales like Brazil and…
Rooting out skin creams that contain toxic mercury

August 14, 2014

As countries try to rid themselves of toxic mercury pollution, some people are slathering and even injecting creams…
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