Mercury Pollution Is Way Up. One Huge Culprit? Gold Mines

Sophia Chen | WIRED
Thursday, November 29, 2018

"Last week, diplomats from over 150 countries flew to Geneva to discuss how to reduce human-made emissions. No, not that kind. These suits want to cut mercury pollution...This year, the diplomats met again to flesh out the next steps. In particular, they are zeroing in on the biggest mercury polluter of all: gold mines."

Noelle Selin, associate professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at MIT, comments on mercury pollution and its growing threats to the environment and human health in WIRED.