Observations of background levels of atmospheric mercury are important to help inform modelling of land-ocean-atmosphere interactions and the role the Australian region plays in global mercury cycling. Continuous measurement of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM), which
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.
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
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
Maxwell Warren, Paul Winn and Larissa Schneider An ANU (School of Culture, History, and Language; Fenner School of Environment and Society) and Hunter Community Environment Centre collaboration Mercury is an incredibly toxic heavy metal, which