Mercury in the Environment Articles

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Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities – an updated assessment

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Nov. 25, 2014)

In 2011, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a first assessment of the costs of air pollution caused by European industrial facilities. The report Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe (EEA, 2011) applied a simplified modelling approach to assess the damage costs to health and the environment in ...

Air quality in Europe - 2014 report

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Nov. 19, 2014)

Despite considerable improvements in the past decades, Europe is still far from achieving levels of air quality that do not pose unacceptable risks to humans and the environment. Air pollution is the top environmental risk factor of premature death in Europe; it increases the incidence of a wide range of diseases and has several environmental ...

A review of mercury concentrations in freshwater fishes of Africa: Patterns and predictors

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Dec. 3, 2014)

The methylated form of mercury (methylmercury) is a potent neurotoxicant and a contaminant of concern for fisheries because of its potential effects on ecosystem and human health. In Africa, inland fisheries are a crucial component of food and economic security, yet little information is available on Hg contamination trends. The authors compiled ...

Cross‐basin comparison of mercury bioaccumulation in lake Huron lake trout emphasizes ecological characteristics

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Nov. 17, 2014)

Understanding factors influencing mercury (Hg) bioaccumulation in fish is important for examining both ecosystem and human health. However, little is known of how differing ecosystem and biological characteristics can drive Hg bioaccumulation in top predators. This study compared and contrasted Hg bioaccumulation in multiple age classes of ...

Air Rule for Cement Kilns Requires 92 Percent Cut in Mercury Emissions

by Ohio Lumex Co., Inc.  (Nov. 1, 2014)

Portland cement kilns will be required to reduce emissions of mercury by 92 percent as part of an Environmental Protection Agency final rule announced Aug. 9 that imposes controls for several toxic pollutants. Although most of the emissions standards in the final rule are less stringent than what the agency had proposed in 2009, the cement ...

Critical review of mercury SQVs for the protection of benthic invertebrates

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Oct. 15, 2014)

Sediment Quality Values (SQVs) are commonly used – and misused – to characterize the need for investigation, understand causes of observed effects, and derive management strategies to protect benthic invertebrates from direct toxic effects. We compiled > 40 SQVs for mercury, nearly all of which are “co‐occurrence” SQVs derived from databases of ...

Precipitation influences on uptake of a global pollutant by a coastal avian species

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Sep. 19, 2014)

Climatic variation, including precipitation amounts and timing, have been linked to abundance and breeding success of many avian species. Less studied but also of significance is the consequence of climatic variability on the exposure and uptake of nutrients and contaminants by wildlife. We examined mercury (Hg) concentrations in nestling wood ...

Seasonal and year‐to‐year variation of mercury concentration in perch (Perca fluviatilis) in Boreal lakes

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Sep. 17, 2014)

The authors examined the seasonal and year‐to‐year variations of mercury (Hg) concentrations in populations of perch (Perca fluviatilis) from 2 boreal freshwater lakes in southeast Norway. Fish Hg concentrations were determined seasonally (spring, summer, and autumn) over 3 yr (2010, 2011, and 2012) to test the hypothesis that there are ...

One Billion Devices

by Ensia  (Aug. 13, 2014)

Increasing standards of living mean more — literally hundreds of millions more — computers, cell phones and other electronic devices are being deployed in developing nations. But what happens when these hot new devices are no longer wanted? Researchers from two institutions in India — the PEC University of Technology in ...

Accumulation of mercury and cadmium in rice from paddy soil near a mercury mine

by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.  (Aug. 2, 2014)

Paddy soil and rice (Oryza sativa L.) in the Wanshan mining area in Guizhou province have been contaminated by toxic trace metals such as cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg). This study examined correlations between the types and physico‐chemical parameters of the soil and the contents of trace metals and the different forms of Hg in rice. The study ...

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