Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Duke University researchers have found hazardous levels of mercury hundreds of miles downstream from Peruvian gold mines. Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves. Based…

Aluminum induces neurotoxicity by altering mitochondria of brain cells

Aluminum induces neurotoxicity by altering mitochondria of brain cells

Aluminum's role in causing neurotoxicity and contributing to a number of degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, has been widely discussed and is supported by a number of studies, though the exact mechanism remains inconclusive.

Now, scientists

Mercury pollution from power plants seen

Mercury pollution from power plants seen

Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Richmond and Providence – cities scattered across the eastern half of the United States – have something in common, all have coal-fired power plants.Researchers in Indiana say they have conducted the first study

Mercury converted to its most toxic form in ocean waters

Mercury converted to its most toxic form in ocean waters

University of Alberta-led research has confirmed that a relatively harmless inorganic form of mercury found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into a potent neurotoxin in the seawater itself.After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the