Mercury Free Response

Mercury Free Response - Environmental Period 3 Mercury Free...

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Environmental Period 3 Mr. Burns Mercury Free Response I. Mercury is produced as a byproduct of burning fossil fuels. Humans contribute to this issue because of their abundant use of fossil fuels. As more fossil fuels are burned up the amount of mercury in the environment rises, coal used to fuel industrial plants is a fine example of fossil fuel that release mercury. Still regardless of how it gets into the atmosphere the mercury will invariably form with other particles to form clouds. When it rains this mercury is released and it enters the aquatic systems either through the mercury infused rain falling directly into bodies of water or thought ground run-off. II. The way to reduce the amount of mercury that is released into the environment is clearly to reduce or get rid of the burning of fossil fuels by, for example, finding alternative energy sources like water, wind, and nuclear power. All of these could help lower the amount of mercury emissions if those energy sources replace coal. Another way to reduce mercury emissions from coal would be by legislation. This
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