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Web Date: January 10, 2011

Mercury Levels On The Rise In Polar Bears

Environmental Pollutants: Over the past century, industrial emissions have led to more of the neurotoxic element reaching polar bears
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: polar bears, mercury, mercury, coal, pollution, Arctic

Mercury levels have increased steadily in Northwestern Greenland's polar bears in the past century, according to a new study, mainly due to industrial sources such as coal burning and iron smelting (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es1028734). The neurotoxic metal travels through the atmosphere to the Arctic, where researchers have shown that it accumulates at the top of . . .

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