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Title: Mercury : environmental aspects / published under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organisation, and the World Health Organization
Authors: World Health Organization
International Programme on Chemical Safety
WHO Task Group on Environmental Health Criteria for Mercury: Environmental Aspects
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: Geneva : World Health Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Evaluates the effects of mercury on populations of organisms in the environment. Both natural sources of mercury and sources associated with mining and the burning of fossil fuels are considered. Emphasis is placed on the importance of understanding the many environmental variables that affect the uptake and toxicity of mercury, the numerous factors that influence the susceptibility of different organisms, and the great variations in the physico-chemical properties and environmental behaviour exhibited by different species of mercury. Studies are also evaluated on the basis of whether the doses and exposure routes used are compatible with likely conditions in the field. The most extensive sections present illustrative examples of research into the toxic and sublethal effects of inorganic and organic mercury on microorganisms, aquatic organisms, and terrestrial organisms. For all species considered, mercury is noted to be most hazardous in its methyl form. An evaluation of the effects of mercury in the field concentrates on the effects on ecosystems following sea pollution in Japan and the use of organomercury fungicides as seed dressings in Europe
Description: 115 p.
Subject: Mercury
Environmental Pollutants
metadata.dc.subject.other: Chemical Toxicology and Carcinogenicity
Other Identifiers: 9241542861
5225018785 (Russian)
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