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Comment published on 5 May 2017, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(5), 481.

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(1), 105;

Global Sources and Pathways of Mercury in the Context of Human Health

NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Department of Environmental Impacts and Economics, Instituttveien 18, P.O. Box 100, Kjeller NO-2027, Norway
AGH-University of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Fuels, Krakow30-059, Poland
CNR-Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Area della Ricerca Roma 1, Via Salaria Km 29 300, Monterotondo (Rome) 00015, Italy
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 12 December 2016 / Revised: 6 January 2017 / Accepted: 19 January 2017 / Published: 22 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mercury and Health: Current Perspectives and Future Directions)
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This paper reviews information from the existing literature and the EU GMOS (Global Mercury Observation System) project to assess the current scientific knowledge on global mercury releases into the atmosphere, on global atmospheric transport and deposition, and on the linkage between environmental contamination and potential impacts on human health. The review concludes that assessment of global sources and pathways of mercury in the context of human health is important for being able to monitor the effects from implementation of the Minamata Convention targets, although new research is needed on the improvement of emission inventory data, the chemical and physical behaviour of mercury in the atmosphere, the improvement of monitoring network data, predictions of future emissions and speciation, and on the subsequent effects on the environment, human health, as well as the economic costs and benefits of reducing these aspects. View Full-Text
Keywords: mercury; global sources; pathways; emission scenarios; human health; policy-making mercury; global sources; pathways; emission scenarios; human health; policy-making

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Sundseth, K.; Pacyna, J.M.; Pacyna, E.G.; Pirrone, N.; Thorne, R.J. Global Sources and Pathways of Mercury in the Context of Human Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 105.

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