mercury pollution Articles

  • Mercury Analysis

    Characteristics of Mercury What is Mercury? Mercury is a naturally occurring silver-colored metallic element noted for its occurrence as a liquid at room temperature and toxic to living organisms. This silvery, opaque liquid metal is very dense, yet has a high surface tension that causes it to form tiny perfect spheres in the pores of the rocks it is found in. It is ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • Keeping APCr out of Landfill

    The CIWM have recently featured an article by our very own Dr David Deegan in the latest edition of their magazine. The article explains why Tetronics International were unhappy to be informed recently that Defra ministers had taken the decision not to remove the ...

  • Mercury Specie and Multi-Pollutant Control Project

    This fact sheet published by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Labratory, discusses NeuCo's second round Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) project. The project officially concluded with the publishing of NeuCo’s final technical report by the DOE in 2010. Titled “Mercury Specie and Multi-Pollutant Control”, this four-year, $15.5 million cost-sharing ...


    By NeuCo, Inc.

  • Mercury - A Challenge for Emissions Trading

    There is growing concern about the damaging effects of mercury pollution. Could emissions trading provide a solution? Donna Danihel and Dave Michaud ...

  • Appraising the Global Mercury Project: an adaptive management approach to combating mercury pollution in small-scale gold mining

    This paper appraises the initiatives of the Global Mercury Project (GMP); a project designed to minimise the impacts of mercury use in the artisanal and small-scale gold-mining (ASM) sector. The environmental and health impacts of mercury use at ASM sites have local, national and global implications that need to be reconciled with the benefits of poverty reduction and economic opportunity. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 3 Questions: Amanda Giang on controlling Mercury Pollution in India and China

    Original story at MIT News MIT graduate student studies how a new U.N. treaty could affect mercury emissions from coal power plants in Asia. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty ...

  • Environmental mercury in China: A review

    As a global pollutant, mercury can be transported over long distances and bioaccumulate. China is currently the greatest contributor to atmospheric Hg emissions and has the greatest intentional use of Hg. Mercuryin the Chinese environment is generally elevated, particularly in air and water bodies. Remote areas in China also show elevated Hg levels in air and water bodies compared with other ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 'Fair trade' gold: A key to alleviating mercury pollution in sub-Saharan Africa?

    This paper critically assesses the ability of 'Fair Trade' gold to reduce mercury usage in small-scale gold mines through standard setting. It identifies the barriers – both practical and theoretical – that must be overcome to bring such an initiative to fruition. It concludes by questioning the auditing approach, asking whether the tenets of Fair-Trade-discourse of 'partnership' and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • How to investigate mercury in the oceans?

    Mercury is a highly toxic metal that affects the environment and can endanger people's health, as a powerful neurotoxin. The combustion of coal, waste and fuel are releasing hundreds of tons of heavy metal into the atmosphere annually, and its sediment enters to soil and water. Mercury measurements are part of the EU project "Global Mercury Observation System". The long-term goal of this ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • Mercury Control Demonstrations

    C1.1 | Halogens and Sulfur in Coals and their Influence on Co-benefit Mercury Capture Bernhard Vosteen | President, Vosteen Consulting Gmbh Not only the range of the coal mercury content itself, but also the range of the native halogen and sulfur contents in coal are of great influence on co-benefit mercury capture, wet and dry. The ...

  • Detecting Mercury in Water

    Determination of Mercury (Hg) in Water by Hand-Held, Portable Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence SpectrometryWater is the most familiar and most abundant compound on Earth, making up 71% of its surface area.[1]It is a vital component for all known forms of life and is the aquatic habitat for thousands of species of microalgae, fish and shellfish. [2] With the presence of running water in our ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Agreement on mercury finally here

    In Geneva 19 January 2013, due to successful interaction between science and policy making, governments within the UN agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases of mercury. Prof. Jozef Pacyna and his team at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research, have played a major role in providing the UN policy makers with scientific justification for the treaty. 30 year ...

  • Is there mercury in your industrial wastewater discharge?

    An assessment of sampling locations for three industrial wastewater effluent piping systems is presented. The assessments provided demonstrate that by installing sampling ports at the appropriate location along an effluent stream’s piping system, truly representative samples can be collected. These real and accurate results scientifically prove that a specific industrial wastewater ...


    By Practical Applications, Inc.

  • Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Original story at MIT News MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global treaty to mitigate and prevent mercury pollution, the ...

  • Transboundary Pollution

    All pollutants can be transported through the aquatic environment and atmosphere, and many accumulate in downstream water bodies and their biota. The probability that pollution will cause transboundary impacts depends on the location of its source in relation to national boundaries, as well as the time it takes for a given pollutant to degrade. In general, microbial pollution is primarily a local ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Effect of mercury on the human health and environment: an overview

    This article aims to review and to demonstrate the effect of mercury on the human health and environment. Mercury is one of the 12 toxic pollutants identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency and can be toxic at low levels in the environment. Mercury can stay in the atmosphere for up to a year. When released to the air, mercury is transported and deposited globally. Mercury ultimately ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Health and environmental training in mercury-contaminated areas

    In 50 countries small-scale miners recover gold by amalgamation process, using excessive quantities of mercury. Fifteen million artisanal gold miners apply this process and 100 million people might depend upon these activities. Small-scale mining adds extensively to the worldwide release of mercury into the environment. The University of Munich assessed the health of people living in mining ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Soil CEC and Selectivity Sequence for Mercury (II) Ion

    Abstract Mercury is one of the most hazardous air and water pollutants. Since the issuance of the Clean Air Mercury Rule for coal-fired electric boiler utilities in March 2005, numerous scientific researches have focused on the fate and transport of mercury in both atmosphere and aqueous environment. The issue of aqueous mercury transport as the major mercury transport mechanism becomes more and ...


    By DAA Consultants

  • Fact sheet: EPA mercury rules and power reliability

    New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring outdated plants will cause shortfalls in electricity capacity. How will EPA mercury rules influence the ...

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