October 30, 2011

Yukon River Basin is discharging more toxic mercury than other river systems

The US Geological Survey reports on October 25, 2011 that the immense Yukon River Basin in northwestern Canada and central Alaska, USA, is discharging 32 times more toxic mercury into the environment than five other comparably-sized river systems, likely caused by accelerated permafrost melt due to climate change.

Sources: Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette, Scientific American

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