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Future trends in environmental mercury concentrations: implications for prevention strategies

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Health, January 2013
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Title
Future trends in environmental mercury concentrations: implications for prevention strategies
Published in
Environmental Health, January 2013
DOI 10.1186/1476-069x-12-2
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Authors

Elsie M Sunderland, Noelle E Selin

Abstract

In their new paper, Bellanger and coauthors show substantial economic impacts to the EU from neurocognitive impairment associated with methylmercury (MeHg) exposures. The main source of MeHg exposure is seafood consumption, including many marine species harvested from the global oceans. Fish, birds and other wildlife are also susceptible to the impacts of MeHg and already exceed toxicological thresholds in vulnerable regions like the Arctic. Most future emissions scenarios project a growth or stabilization of anthropogenic mercury releases relative to present-day levels. At these emissions levels, inputs of mercury to ecosystems are expected to increase substantially in the future, in part due to growth in the legacy reservoirs of mercury in oceanic and terrestrial ecosystems. Seawater mercury concentration trajectories in areas such as the North Pacific Ocean that supply large quantities of marine fish to the global seafood market are projected to increase by more than 50% by 2050. Fish mercury levels and subsequent human and biological exposures are likely to also increase because production of MeHg in ocean ecosystems is driven by the supply of available inorganic mercury, among other factors. Analyses that only consider changes in primary anthropogenic emissions are likely to underestimate the severity of future deposition and concentration increases associated with growth in mercury reservoirs in the land and ocean. We therefore recommend that future policy analyses consider the fully coupled interactions among short and long-lived reservoirs of mercury in the atmosphere, ocean, and terrestrial ecosystems. Aggressive anthropogenic emission reductions are needed to reduce MeHg exposures and associated health impacts on humans and wildlife and protect the integrity of one of the last wild-food sources globally. In the near-term, public health advice on safe fish consumption choices such as smaller species, younger fish, and harvests from relatively unpolluted ecosystems is needed to minimize exposure risks.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 4%
Mexico 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 95 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 23 23%
Student > Master 21 21%
Student > Bachelor 15 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 12%
Other 7 7%
Other 17 17%
Unknown 7 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 26 25%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 12%
Chemistry 6 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 6%
Other 20 20%
Unknown 11 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 April 2014.
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