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Study: Global warming boosts toxic mercury in lakes and oceans

from Cosmos

Levels of toxic mercury could increase up to seven-fold in plankton as a result of climate change, a new study warns. Sofi Jonsson at Umeå University in Sweden and colleagues calculated levels of methylmercury could increase significantly in lakes and coastal areas as global warming increases runoff of organic matter, such as leaves and soil. Already, they write in their paper published in Science Advances, "the input of mercury (Hg) to ecosystems is estimated to have increased two- to five-fold during the industrial era." more


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