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Science 15 DEC 2021 12:20 PM BYERIK STOKSTAD
Mercury pollution is a global problem.
Emissions from gold mining, coal burning, and other industrial processes travel through the atmosphere, eventually falling to Earth as rain or snow. The poison can make its way to fish and the humans who eat them, where it can damage the developing nervous system, causing problems with memory and language in children exposed in the womb.
When mercury lands in wetlands and lake sediment, microbes change the metallic element into a dangerous compound called methylmercury that builds up in food webs. Concentrations are highest in larger, predatory fish. Public health agencies regularly test such fish in many lakes, sometimes leading to warnings to limit consumption.
In 2021, Oxford University earth scientists documented mercury pollution to stay airborne for up to one year precipitating back to Earth in the form of rain and snow.
Are you aware that ~ 18 million artisanal miners in ~ 80 Countries produce 20% of the world’s supply of gold using mercury, a deadly neurotoxin to amalgam with gold in crushed ore.
The amalgam is heated to ~1,500 F vaporizing the mercury to our environment leaving gold to be used in our jewellery, iPad’s, iPhone, computers, and other electronics devices?
The morbid irony lies in the fact the same vaporized mercury is polluting the air we all breathe, contaminating our drinking water, polluting the Oceans we swim, poisoning the fish we consume especially tuna, where mercury bioaccumulates the most causing health issues, and causing global biodiversity destruction.
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