...and the mercury is rising

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) reveals that mercury pollution is making its way into almost all natural habitats across the US. The report claims this is exposing countless species of wildlife to potentially harmful levels of mercury. Report author Catherine Bowes compiled data from more than 65 published studies to find out how mercury levels have changed in a wide range of wildlife - fish, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians - living in freshwater, marine, and forest habitats. "Now that we have hard evidence that mercury is affecting more species than originally thought," says Bowes, "anything short of phasing out this toxic metal is inadequate."