Canadian mercury science assessment : report.: En84-130/3-2016E-PDF

“The Canadian Mercury Science Assessment is the first comprehensive scientific evaluation and synthesis of mercury (Hg) in the Canadian environment. The Clean Air Regulatory Agenda (CARA) Mercury Science Program was developed in 2007 to establish the scientific knowledge base to support regulatory decision-making for Hg; this assessment was a key outcome of that program. This assessment report has shown the breadth and depth of scientific research that has been undertaken in Canada on Hg. Each chapter shows the complex processes that Hg goes through in the ecosystem and the impacts that Hg can have on the environment. Overall findings from this assessment have shown that Hg remains a risk to Canadian ecosystems and human health. Canada has been successful at conducting research and monitoring on the environmental and health processes of mercury over the past decades; however, many unknowns remain. This scientific assessment on Hg in Canada has led to the recognition of several detailed priority gaps of knowledge and has provided scientific recommendations for focus areas and future research"--Ch. 15, intro., p. 787.

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Department/Agency Canada. Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Title Canadian mercury science assessment : report.
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document
Note(s) Issued also in French under title: L’évaluation scientifique sur le mercure au Canada : rapport.
Includes bibliographical references.
ch. 1.Introduction /coordinating author, Alexandra Steffen ; lead authors, Alexandra Steffen and Heather Morrison --ch. 2.Releases of mercury into air and water from anthropogenic activities in Canada / coordinating author, Gregor Kos ... [et al.] --ch. 3a.Factors affecting mercury emissions from Canadian soils /coordinating author, Nelson J. O’Driscoll ... [et al.] --ch. 3b.Total mercury concentrations in stream and lake sediments across Canada /coordinating author, Paul A. Arp ... [et al.] --ch. 3c.Mercury in forest soils and vegetation, including mosses and mushrooms – a case study /coordinating author, Paul A. Arp ... [et al.] --ch. 4.Atmospheric processes, transport, levels, and trends /coordinating author, Alexandra Steffen ... [et al.] --ch. 5.Mercury fate and methylation in terrestrial upland and wetland environments /coordinating author, Vincent St. Louis ... [et al.] --ch. 6.Mercury fate and methylation in freshwater aquatic ecosystems /coordinating author, Vincent St. Louis ... [et al.] --ch. 7.Mercury in the marine environment : processes and levels /coordinating author, John Chételat ... [et al.] --ch. 8.Influences of anthropogenic activities on mercury transport, methylation, and bioaccumulation /lead coordinator, Marc Lucotte ... [et al.] --ch. 9.Mercury cycling in ecosystems and the response to changes in anthropogenic /coordinating author, Ashu Dastoor ... [et al.] --ch. 10.Mercury in terrestrial and aquatic biota across Canada : geographic variation /coordinating author, Neil Burgess ... [et al.] --ch. 11.Mercury in terrestrial and aquatic biota across Canada : temporal variation /coordinating author, Mary Gamberg ... [et al.] --ch. 12.Health effects of mercury in fish and wildlife in Canada /coordinating author, A.M. Scheuhammer ... [et al.] --ch. 13.Assessment of current mercury risks to piscivorous fish and wildlife in Canada /coordinating author, Neil Burgess ... [et al.] --ch. 14.Mercury and human health /coordinating author, Tara Leech ... [et al.] --ch. 15.Conclusions, key gaps and future recommendations /coordinating author, Alexandra Steffen ... [et al.].
Publishing information Gatineau, QC : Environment and Climate Change Canada, c2016.
Description 793 p. ill. (mostly col.), col. maps
ISBN 978-0-660-04499-6
Catalogue number
  • En84-130/3-2016E-PDF
Subject terms Mercury
Environmental impact
Health impact
Scientific research
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