28 Jun '12, 2pm

Mercury Sickens Adirondacks Loons

Mercury Sickens Adirondacks Loons

Nina Schoch A common loon feeding a chick. Many see New York State’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park as a place of respite where you go to gulp down the cool air and hear loon calls echoing through the hills. The landscape is unmarred, wild. Human hands do not have to physically touch a place, though, to disturb it. Mercury that billows into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants has settled back down thickly in the Adirondacks, causing trouble for common loon , which nest in large numbers in the park, and other wildlife. A new collaborative report prepared for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority explores how the health of Adirondack loons, and the ecosystem in which they live, is being affected by mercury. The report summarizes almost 10 years of field research conducted in the park by a cooperative of scientists and conse...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/mercury-afflict...

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