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Mercury Pollution

The Stealth Element: How Mercury Became a Global Environmental Problem

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

Although the Minamata Convention constitutes a significant leap for protecting people and nature against the dangers of mercury, the real work begins now. We have confidence that the November gathering in Bangkok will represent the first great call for concrete global action.

20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators

Earthjustice | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green

Environmental laws are enacted to protect public health, to provide clean air and water, to save endangered wildlife, and to protect our public lands for future generations. But these laws mean little if regulations based on them are not enforced or, in this case, are never created in the first place.

Lynne Peeples

Coal-Hungry World Brings Tough Choices For Native Americans | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.06.2014 | Green

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Activist, Mother, ExxonMobil Shareholder: Jane Dale Owen

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Believing that she was suffering from the flu for a two-year period, Owen sought out doctors, toxicologists, and chemists. From them she learned about particulate matter and how it causes symptoms that mimic the signs of allergies such as hay fever.

Over 140 Nations Agree To Cut Harmful Emissions

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.21.2013 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — A new and legally binding international treaty to reduce harmful emissions of mercury was adopted Saturday by more than 140 nations, c...

Will Rising Mercury Emissions Lead To A UN Treaty?

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — Mercury pollution in the top layer of the world's oceans has doubled in the past century, part of a man-made problem that will require...

Romney's Energy Proposal: The Jurassic Plan

Javier Sierra | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

Mitt Romney finally unveiled his energy plan, and it came so loaded with fossil fuels, we might as well call it the Jurassic Plan.

The Republican Fight for Dirtier Air

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.11.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Republicans are right, of course: cleaning up the air can be expensive. But as president Obama -- and even Mitt Romney in his better moments -- must realize, it is not nearly so costly as failing to act.

What's Really Poisoning Us? Phony Health Scares

Gavin Gibbons | Posted 08.14.2012 | Green
Gavin Gibbons

If you've been eating seafood with any regularity, it's a miracle you're still able to read this -- according to some activists sounding the alarm bells.

A Worried Mother Does Better Research Than the FBI

Dominique Browning | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Dominique Browning

These are things that get to our children -- no matter where they are, whom they are with, and what they are doing. So I started doing research. And I was dumbfounded to find out what is legal.

Pro-life Argument Deserves Hearing in Mercury Ruling

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

I believe Jesus wants a world where people of all faiths use their talents so we have clean water, unpolluted air, and fish we can eat.

Mercury Isn't Just a Hazard for Young Children, It's a Health Risk for Adults Too

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Mercury is most commonly recognized as a developmental toxin, threatening to young children and fetuses as they develop their nervous system. But mercury is also a danger for adults.

If Songbirds Are Dying From Mercury Poisoning, Are We Next?

Dr. Andrew Lange | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Dr. Andrew Lange

Through greater understanding of both the extent of wildlife exposure and harmful impacts to ecosystem health, it is now clear that increased conservation efforts are necessary to reduce this neurotoxin in our environment for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards Protect Children's Health and the Great Lakes

Howard Learner | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Howard Learner

Let's move forward with these common-sense national mercury pollution reduction standards to protect children's health and the Great Lakes and other community waterways for all.

At Last!

Margie Alt | Posted 02.22.2012 | Green
Margie Alt

For the first time in American history, the President and his EPA have committed to protecting our families from harmful mercury pollution from power plants.

Clearing the Smokescreen: Toxic Air Pollution Standards

Charles Dean Connor | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Charles Dean Connor

The American Lung Association thanks President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for seeing through the smokescreen and putting the health of our children first.

Why the EPA's Forthcoming Power Plant Rule Is a Big Deal

Corbin Hiar | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Corbin Hiar

It's an important moment for Americans who eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions that have polluted the nation's air and water.

The Mercury Moment

Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Michael R. Bloomberg

Coal-fired power plants and the pollution they produce are the number one threat to our public health and the environment. This is not an issue of jobs versus the environment. It's an issue of the American people's public health versus a narrow special interest.

Lynne Peeples

The Dose Makes The Poison: Water Pollution Regulations Underestimate Fish Consumption, Endangering Public Health | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.17.2011 | Green

One fillet of fish a month. That's about how much seafood a Washington State resident eats, according to the assumptions used to set cleanliness stand...

The 10 Worst Sources Of Toxic Pollution In The World

Posted 01.11.2012 | Green

What are the worst sources of pollution facing the world? A report released this week by Blacksmith Institute sheds light on major causes of toxic pol...

POISONED PLACES: Kansas Town Divided Over Plant's Permission To Pollute The Air

iWatch News | Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris | Posted 01.10.2012 | Green

State and federal regulators express no concerns about the Ash Grove Cement Co. plant. It stays within limits on emissions, and has not run afoul of t...

PHOTOS: Disturbing Ad Campaign Suggests Power Plants Could Threaten Pregnancies

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Christian | Posted 01.08.2012 | Green

Disturbing images of pregnant bellies confronted commuters in Washington, DC this week. The threat of mercury pollution from coal-fired power plan...

All I Need Is the Air That I Breathe

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff | Posted 10.25.2011 | Green
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

There's not a lot more important to parents than loving their children and making sure they have clean air to breathe. Which is why this week's virtual deluge of clean air information is so important -- and scary.

How Many Polluters Does It Take to Turn On a Light Bulb?

Dominique Browning | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green
Dominique Browning

The House of Representatives just approved legislation blocking a mandated increase in light bulb efficiency. At least one good thing has come out of the new Dim Bulb Movement: Pro-polluters are finally publicly admitting that mercury is poisonous.

Mercury In Fish: How Much Is Too Much?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Figuring out which fish is safe to eat -- and how often you should eat fish -- has become fraught with worry, mainly due to concerns about mercury content.