Health | VOL. 13, ISSUE 81, November-December 2013 |

Mercury poisoning

Mercury is poisonous in any form. Apart from occurring naturally in the earth’s crust, it is released due to volcanic activity and weathering of rocks. It is also released in the atmosphere due to human processes like coal-fired power plants, residential coal burning for heating and cooking, waste incinerators and as a result of mining for mercury, gold and other metals. According to an October 2012 report ‘Mercury emissions from India and South East Asia’ by Lesley Sloss, a total...

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