05 Mar '12, 2pm

Why less arctic ice means more mercury in your babies

Here is a thing I definitely would not have understood without this animation. Reuters explains the results of this NASA study in words , which aren’t nearly as adequate. [T]hick, perennial Arctic sea ice was being replaced by a thinner and saltier ice that releases bromine into the air when it interacts with sunlight and cold […] That in turn triggers a chemical reaction called a “bromine explosion” that turns gaseous mercury in the atmosphere into a toxic pollutant that falls on snow, land and ice and can accumulate in fish. So melting sea ice is leading to inedible sea creatures and, possibly, random celebrity meltdowns . Way to hit us where it hurts, climate change.

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