Posts Tagged "Atmosphere"

Mercury Releases Into the Atmosphere from Ancient to Modern Times

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in Environment

In pursuit of riches and energy over the last 5,000 years, humans have released into the environment 385,000 tons of mercury, the source of numerous health concerns, according to a new study that challenges the idea that releases of the metal are on the decline. The report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. David Streets and colleagues explain that humans put mercury into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels and through mining and industrial processes. Mercury is present in coal and the ores used to extract gold and silver. Much information exists about...

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