Connecting mercury science to policy

From sources to seafood

Celia Y. Chen, Charles T Driscoll, Kathleen F. Lambert, Robert P. Mason, Elsie M. Sunderland

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Abstract

Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant whose presence in the biosphere has been increased by human activity, particularly coal burning/energy production, mining, especially artisanal scale gold mining, and other industrial activities. Mercury input to the surface ocean has doubled over the past century leading governments and organizations to take actions to protect humans from the harmful effects of this toxic element. Recently, the UN Environmental Program led 128 countries to negotiate and sign a legally binding agreement, the 2013 Minimata Convention, to control Hg emissions and releases to land and water globally. In an effort to communicate science to this emerging international policy, the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program formed the Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC) in 2010 that brought together more than 70 scientists and policy experts to analyze and synthesize the science on Hg pollution in the marine environment from Hg sources to MeHg in seafood. The synthesis of the science revealed that the sources and inputs of Hg and their pathways to human exposure are largely determined by ecosystem spatial scales and that these spatial scales determine the organizational level of policies. The paper summarizes the four major findings of the report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalReviews on Environmental Health
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Mercury policy
  • Mercury pollution
  • Minimata treaty
  • Seafood contamination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pollution
  • Health(social science)

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Connecting mercury science to policy : From sources to seafood. / Chen, Celia Y.; Driscoll, Charles T; Lambert, Kathleen F.; Mason, Robert P.; Sunderland, Elsie M.

In: Reviews on Environmental Health, Vol. 31, No. 1, 01.03.2016, p. 17-20.

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Chen, Celia Y. ; Driscoll, Charles T ; Lambert, Kathleen F. ; Mason, Robert P. ; Sunderland, Elsie M. / Connecting mercury science to policy : From sources to seafood. In: Reviews on Environmental Health. 2016 ; Vol. 31, No. 1. pp. 17-20.
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