“This stuff cycles around so much, comes to the ground, goes back into the air, gets in people,” Streets said. “A treaty is a good start.”
Using available control technologies for coal, global mercury emissions could be reduced by up to 60 percent by 2020 compared with today’s practices, according to the 2011 Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme report.
Despite climate question marks, Hurley points to his recent research as evidence of what decreasing emissions could do.
“Global reductions would mean less mercury in fish, lakes and people,” Hurley said. “And, as we demonstrated, it would happen pretty quickly.”
This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company.