“You’ve got 10 minutes,” said the President of Mission Blue. She guided me to Dr. Earle (known as “Her Deepness” at the New York Times), who smiled at me as I sat down.
“I’ll make this quick,” I said, opening my notebook. “You were the rapporteur for the 2012 People’s Summit at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, where you had a major role in promoting ocean conservation. So my question is, why isn’t ocean conservation on the agenda for COP21?”
The Doctor grinned. “I’m not the right person to ask, because I’m asking the same question. It’s baffling,” she said. “At the conference, the headline was, ‘What is the future we want?’ That’s still the question. We have the answers, but we’re a little slow at putting those answers to work.”
Le Petit Palais, site of the Earth to Paris summit, December 7, 2015. (Photo Credit: Pierce Nahigyan)
If you’re a fan of the ocean, and a semi-decent reporter, you do your best to wipe the stars out of your eyes when Sylvia Earle looks your way. The woman possesses an uncanny aura, as if all that time spent under the ocean has altered her chemical structure. She speaks like the ocean, soft and sure, and yet the words are as trenchant as the tides. I was fortunate enough 爱上海上海419论坛
One of the most dangerous yet confusing toxic pollutants is mercury in seafood. Mercury is very bad for developing fetuses and children, and seafood is very good for them. But mercury is in all seafood. Like I said: confusing.
Last summer a friend caught a quite large bigeye tuna, over 200 pounds. He gave me a big chunk, about 20 pounds. Knowing that such a big, old fish would be pretty high in mercury, I started whittling away at it just a little at a time. My friend was eating a lot of this fish for the next several months, so much so that I advised him to get his blood tested. There’s no sharp line between “safe” and “unsafe” levels of mercury in the body, but the average adult has a blood level of about 1 microgram per liter, and anything above 5 micrograms per liter is considered too high. When he called me saying he had over 40 micrograms per liter, I went to my doctor. My level was 24. I’m now off fish for several months. OK, so I was headed toward vegetarian anyway.
I recently spoke with Ned Groth, an environmental health scientist formerly with Consumers Union, and Michael Bender, co-founder of the Mercury Policy Project (MPP). Bender’s group is suing the federal government in an attempt to update mercury guidelines that Michael says are out of date and not reaching the folks who need them most — pregnant women and heavy fish eaters. It was time for me to understand more about mercury in seafood. What I learned might help clear up some confusion over risks, and how to eat seafood safely.
Mercury in ocean fish comes from natural and human sources. About two-thirds of each year’s new mercury comes from human sources, especi爱上海同城对对碰