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Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China

Chen, L; Liang, S; Liu, M; Yi, Y; Mi, Z; Zhang, Y; Li, Y; ... Yang, Z; + view all (2019) Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China. Nature Communications , 10 , Article 1484. 10.1038/s41467-019-09080-6. Green open access

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Abstract

Mercury (Hg) exposure poses substantial risks to human health. Investigating a longer chain from economic activities to human health can reveal the sources and critical processes of Hg-related health risks. Thus, we develop a more comprehensive assessment method which is applied to mainland China-the largest global Hg emitter. We present a map of Hg-related health risks in China and estimate that 0.14 points of per-foetus intelligence quotient (IQ) decrements and 7,360 deaths from fatal heart attacks are related to the intake of methylmercury in 2010. This study, for the first time, reveals the significant impacts of interprovincial trade on Hg-related health risks across the whole country. For instance, interprovincial trade induced by final consumption prevents 0.39 × 10-2 points for per-foetus IQ decrements and 194 deaths from fatal heart attacks. These findings highlight the importance of policy decisions in different stages of economic supply chains to reduce Hg-related health risks.

Type: Article
Title: Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09080-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09080-6
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10071998
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