Monitoring and Assessment of Mercury Pollution

A special issue of Toxics (ISSN 2305-6304). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecotoxicology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 232

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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
Interests: heavy metal pollution; arsenic; mercury; ore deposits; stream sediment quality; water chemistry
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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
Interests: mercury; environmental biology; atmospheric pollution

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Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, 50121 Florence, Italy
Interests: mercury; water pollution; hydrology; geomorphology; soil pollution
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

After more than forty years since the first outbreak of mercury (Hg) poisoning, the issue still raises worldwide debate. Despite the increasing efforts to reduce Hg pollution, human activity still produces a massive amount of Hg: only in 2018, anthropogenic emission exceeded 2 million kg of Hg, representing 30% of the total Hg entering the atmosphere yearly.

Mercury is one of the most naturally occurring toxic substances in the Earth’s crust and it exists in the environment in several forms, each of them with specific characteristics, properties, and environmental effects. The assessment of mercury pollution involves evaluating various sources, including industrial emissions, artisanal mining, and natural processes, which release both elemental and organic forms of mercury into the environment. Effective monitoring strategies involve ground-based measurements and remote sensing technologies to track atmospheric, aquatic, and soil mercury levels. Monitoring Hg pollution is fundamental to understanding its dispersion, transformation, and bioaccumulation throughout terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The occurrence of mercury in the environment poses risks to human populations, particularly through the consumption of contaminated fish and water, with neurological and developmental health impacts. The clinical effects of human exposure are numerous and differ based on the Hg forms. This scenario is indeed rapidly transforming due to the effects of climate change, contributing to drastic changes in the environmental conditions affecting Hg dispersion in the environment. Therefore, it is necessary to continuously update of our general knowledge on Hg geochemistry.

The detection and the quantification of the different Hg species is thus of primary importance to predict the fate of this pollutant and its potential effects on the environment and humans.

In this Special Issue, we kindly invite you to contribute papers dealing with the issue of Hg pollution, its monitoring and quantification. The wide range of this topic could include both research and review papers for possible publication in this issue.

Dr. Pilario Costagliola
Dr. Francesco Ciani
Dr. Alessia Nannoni
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  • mercury
  • risk assessment
  • environmental contamination
  • mercury speciation and quantification
  • environmental monitoring
  • assessment methods

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