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Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury (we're all gonna die alert!)
National Geographic ^ | February 6, 2018 | Craig Welch

Posted on 02/07/2018 12:19:05 AM PST by Zakeet

Scientists have uncovered another hidden threat buried in the icy frozen north—massive natural reserves of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that in some forms can build up in fish and other animals and cause serious health problems in humans.

A study published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters reports that the amount of natural mercury bound up in Arctic permafrost may be 10 times greater than all the mercury humans have pumped into the atmosphere from coal-burning and other pollution sources over the last 30 years. As climate change warms the land, this thawing permafrost could release significant quantities of mercury back into the environment, potentially allowing far more of the pollutant to build up in the atmosphere and the food web.

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Put another way, says lead author Paul Schuster, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist, "This is a complete game-changer for mercury. It's a natural source, but some of it will be released through what we're doing with climate change."

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KEYWORDS: environment; globalwarming; mercury; permafrost
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You stupid Freepers were warned about what would happen if you didn't ditch your SUV's and pay a carbon tax ...

1 posted on 02/07/2018 12:19:05 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Lets just bottle the mercury for some nice old-fashioned thermometers.


2 posted on 02/07/2018 12:20:13 AM PST by Reno89519 (Americans Are Dreamers, Too! No to Amnesty, Yes to Catch-and-Deport, and Yes to E-Verify.)
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To: Zakeet

Is this another “Bovine belches destroy the Earth” thing?
Darn cows.


3 posted on 02/07/2018 12:25:32 AM PST by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: Zakeet

Not to mention velociraptors. When those thaw out, we’re all screwed.


4 posted on 02/07/2018 12:26:11 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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To: Reno89519
Or to coat pennies with and make them shiny silver !

We did that as kids.

Break a thermometer and get the impossible to catch droplet of mercury onto a penny and rub it between our fingers until the mercury magically coated the penny.

So cool.

So .... what is mercury poisoning anyway because I CERTAINLY did it to myself around 1957 or 8 .

5 posted on 02/07/2018 12:26:41 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true)
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To: Zakeet
Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons of Toxic Mercury Godzilla (we're all gonna die alert!)

Fixed it.

-PJ

6 posted on 02/07/2018 12:28:39 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (The 1st Amendment gives the People the right to a free press, not CNN the right to the 1st question.)
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To: Zakeet

They killed Pluto as a planet.

Guess his big brother Mercury is gonna kill us off...


7 posted on 02/07/2018 12:31:11 AM PST by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me - https://www.youtube.cwom/watch?v=wH-pk2vZG2M5)
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To: Zakeet

Don’t eat the yellow snow.


8 posted on 02/07/2018 12:38:42 AM PST by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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To: Zakeet

We can cover it with garbage.


9 posted on 02/07/2018 12:45:27 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Happy Nobama)
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To: Zakeet

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10 posted on 02/07/2018 12:47:49 AM PST by Bob434
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[[So .... what is mercury poisoning anyway because I CERTAINLY did it to myself around 1957 or 8 .]]

The poisoning happens when you burn the murcury off to retrieve the gold you are using it to extract- gold miners were the ones who experienced the poisoning, and it was terrible- saw a video of a man poisoned- he was very pathetic looking healthwise-


11 posted on 02/07/2018 12:50:08 AM PST by Bob434
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just to add- miners would put the mercury in their gold pans to engulf the small flake gold that they couldn’t get easily just by panning and picking the plinkers out- the fines were tougher to separate from the sand- so they woudl use the mercury as the two metals are attracted to each other- then they’d burn off the mercury, and just the gold would be left

Not sure you can get mercury poisoning just from handling it- but not entirely sure- i think it has to be inhaled


12 posted on 02/07/2018 12:53:27 AM PST by Bob434
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To: Zakeet
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13 posted on 02/07/2018 12:54:48 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Happy Nobama)
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I did the same thing. I notice, though, I’m not as smart as I used to be...


14 posted on 02/07/2018 1:00:12 AM PST by be-baw (still seeking...)
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To: knarf

Newton, the most brilliant scientist in history (with the possible exception of Einstein) actually consumed the stuff. He ingested small amounts of mercury on occasion as a taste test to determine the mercury content of substances. Yes, it apparently has a flavor. But as a consequence, it drove him a little crazy (eccentric I think is the proper term) and most likely led to his death. It’s a neurotoxin, basically. Like most things we’re exposed to that’s outside of our natural setting as simple hunter-gatherers, risky.


15 posted on 02/07/2018 1:30:00 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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To: knarf

Did the same, but it was on a (wait for it) Mercury-headed dime.


16 posted on 02/07/2018 1:43:32 AM PST by DennisR
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To: Berlin_Freeper
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17 posted on 02/07/2018 1:47:17 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Happy Nobama)
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To: Telepathic Intruder
It’s a neurotoxin, basically. Like most things we’re exposed to that’s outside of our natural setting as simple hunter-gatherers, risky.

Mold appears to be the latest neurotoxin, as reported in 2006. I couldn't decide if my peripheral neuropathy (tingling of nerves) was from the element mercury or the metal lead. Mold has been moved to the top of the list, although PN shouldn't affect one's longevity. In my case, CMT is also a player.

18 posted on 02/07/2018 1:50:44 AM PST by Does so (Release the memo...!)
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19 posted on 02/07/2018 2:01:09 AM PST by servo1969
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To: Reno89519

The twisty light bulbs (that were going to save the planet) have mercury in them. Make more of those.


20 posted on 02/07/2018 2:17:28 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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