Mercury Levels in the Blood of Indigenous Women of Reproductive Age, 1999
This map shows the percentage of mercury in the blood of indigenous Arctic women of reproductive age.
At high levels, mercury not only affects the developing fetus, but can also cause damage to the brain and kidneys of the mother.
Exposure to mercury can be caused by consumption of fish, by burning fossil fuels (such as high-sulfur coal), and by industrial air emissions.
Mercury is a persistent organic pollutant.
United Nations Environment Programme / GRID-Arendal
Cartographer/Designer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
- Arctic monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), 2003. AMAP Assessment 2002: Human Health in the Arctic.
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