Arctic's mercury pollution load quantified

Every year, about 200 tonnes of mercury transported from temperate latitudes contaminate the Arctic environment, Danish researchers have calculated. It was suggested three years ago that the Arctic could be a global sink for the toxic heavy metal (EED 01/10/02). Scientists from Danish institute Neri have measured for the first time the exchange of mercury between air and snow in the Arctic. Last month, the European Commission proposed an EU strategy to drive down mercury pollution (EED 31/01/05). See Danish environment ministry press release, and Neri study.

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