Mercury in the Global Environment

Mercury, the Marine Environment, and Risk of Human Exposure Mercury (Hg) is a pollutant of global importance that adversely affects human health and the environment. Environmental concentrations of mercury have increased three-fold due to anthropogenic activities, and the world’s oceans are one of the primary reservoirs where mercury is deposited (Mason et al. 2012). People are commonly exposed to mercury through the consumption of shellfish, fish, and some marine mammals. However, there is a gap in our understanding of the relationship between anthropogenic releases of mercury and its subsequent biomagnification and bioaccumulation in seafood such as lobster, tuna, and swordfish. Determining how that translates to human exposure and risk on local, regional, and global scales is essential.

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Mercury, the Marine Environment, and Risk of Human Exposure Mercury (Hg) is a pollutant of global importance that adversely affects human health and the environment. Environmental concentrations of mercury have increased three-fold due to anthropogenic activities, and the world’s oceans are one of the primary reservoirs where mercury is deposited (Mason et al. 2012). People are commonly exposed to mercury through the consumption of shellfish, fish, and some marine mammals. However, there is a gap in our understanding of the relationship between anthropogenic releases of mercury and its subsequent biomagnification and bioaccumulation in seafood such as lobster, tuna, and swordfish. Determining how that translates to human exposure and risk on local, regional, and global scales is essential.

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Keyword Mercury, Pollution
Date Of Record Creation 2019-01-26 19:50:21
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Date Last Modified 8/21/2016 19:34
Language English
Date Record Checked: 8/21/2016 19:32 (W3C-DTF)

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