As many members of the Mercury Australia team have previously found, many waterways around the world are experiencing increasing levels of mercury. High mercury levels in waterways lead to dire environmental and public health consequences.
Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that has gained recent attention in Australia during the last few years, especially as Australia’s commitment to the Minamata Convention (focused on reducing anthropogenic release of Hg into
The marine Exclusive Economic Zone of Australia is one of the largest in the world, covering a total area of approximately 10 million square kilometres. Our marine industries were estimated to be worth more than
Small-scale and artisanal gold mining accounts for 12-15% of the world’s gold supply and commonly uses mercury for amalgamation during extraction. Such mining is often short-term, performed informally, and without legal protection or environmental regulation.
Mercury is a nasty toxin that harms humans and ecosystems. Most human exposure comes from eating contaminated fish and other seafood. But how does mercury enter the Australian environment in the first place? Our recent
Natural archives can be used to reconstruct the trends of mercury (Hg) fluxes over temporal and spatial scales. However, the majority of studies have been carried out in the Northern Hemisphere, with only a small
People have known about the health dangers associated with mercury exposure for some time. I recently came across an extract from a mid-19th century journal, which, with reference to the occupational use of mercury by
Wildlife contamination by heavy metals from mines and other enterprises is of great concern worldwide (Figure 1). The concern is not only towards the animals suffering from the contamination itself but also the communities that
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that has a high rate of bioaccumulation and biomagnification through food webs. Industrial activities, like mining, fossil fuel combustion, and cement production, release mercury to the environment. Over the past
Australia is rich in most minerals but not cinnabar (mercuric sulphide, HgS). The Australian continent features similar geological settings to the main historical mercury-producing regions in Spain (Almaden), Slovenia (Idria) and California (New Almaden and