Climate change — aka, global warming, which virtually every credible scientist has agreed is mankind’s doing — is most often associated with the melting of ice near our planet’s poles. That ice melt has been speeding up in recent decades and shows no sign of slowing. When that ice melts, it causes sea levels to rise and the sea floor to be pushed deeper, both of which are very bad things if we want to keep living where we’re living. Now, a new potential threat from global warming has emerged, and this time it’s truly toxic.
New research into the composition of the frozen ground in the Arctic has revealed the single largest reserve of mercury on the planet. Mercury, a toxic metal that has been regulated the world over due to its ability to poison wildlife as well as humans, is locked in the Arctic permafrost, and has been safely …
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