Mercury levels in the Pacific Ocean will rise by 50 percent
within the next few decades as emissions from coal-fired power plants
and other sources increase, scientists reported Friday. The
researchers, led by scientists from Harvard University and the U.S.
Geological Survey, found that the oceanís mercury levels have already
risen about 30% over the last 20 years. Combined, the findings mean the
Pacific Ocean will be twice as contaminated with mercury in 2050 as it
was in 1995 if the emission rates continue. As a result, people
around the globe could be increasingly exposed to mercury from eating
fish and other seafood. Methylmercury, a neurotoxin, can alter brain
development of fetuses and has been linked with learning problems and
reduced IQs in some children.
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