News Feed 9 - 1 - 2015

“Minamata disease symptoms have been generally thought to only affect peripheral nerves, but the Kumamoto University has presented findings that in fact the brain is impacted first. In other words, mercury causes abnormalities in the peripheral nerves that work for the brain. Even 30 years after the initial pollution is gone, its symptoms still persist in the brain. Once contaminated, it is difficult for the brain to recover its normal function.”


“What must never be forgotten is that coal consumption does not only produce carbon dioxide. Burning coal releases massive amounts of mercury and other pollutants into the environment. Clean coal technology in power production is not going to remove these pollutants. Theoretically of course, it is possible to develop all kinds of apparatuses to remove these pollutants from the emission stream of coal combustion. But the more one removes pollutants and particulates from the emission stream, the more costly is coal-fired power per kilowatt hour… Raise its per kilowatt-hour cost, and it loses its main advantage to the truly clean energy sources, notably wind and solar, that are already at or close to grid parity (equivalent per kilowatt-hour generation cost) with it.”

(English) The Chief Medical Officer and Chief Physician of Denmark’s Faroe Islands officially request a total ban on the human consumption of pilot whales due to their mercury and PCB toxicity.

有害政策 汚染されたクジラ・イルカ由来食品の販売を禁止しない日本 www.eia-international. […]

(English) 2007 Marine Pollution Bulletin report on mercury contaminated cetacean meat in South Korea

(English) The Environmental Investigation Agency’s comprehensive research report on mercury toxic cetacean meat being harvested, processed and sold today in Japan.

Total Mercury, Methyl Mercury, and Selenium Levels in t […]

(English) Neurotoxicology and Teratology research report on the persisting effects of methylmercury poisoning among Minamata residents who ate contaminated seafood.

Distribution and toxicity of mercury in rats after oral […]