Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Inquirer: Environmental Crisis

Philadelphia Inquirer pronounces mercury threat.

For years, wildlife scientists thought mercury was a problem only in fish. But a study released yesterday reported elevated mercury levels in 40 species, including polar bears, frogs, bats and forest songbirds.

A National Wildlife Federation study said mercury was being found in more and more wildlife and at levels high enough to threaten reproduction, compromise their immune systems, and impair their behavior, which endangers their offspring and makes them easier targets for predators.

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