California’s massive wildfires releasing mercury into the air, contaminating soil across North America

Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: L.J. Devon
NaturalNews.com
Thursday, August 18, 2016

2015 was the most devastating year for wildfires in the U.S. More than 10 million acres of forest burned to the ground as raging fires took advantage of dry conditions and crowded, poorly managed forests. The U.S. Forest Service has spent tremendous amounts of resources to put out the fires – resources that could have been used to log the forests, build trails and prevent the fires in the first place.

For the first time ever, the Forest Service spent more than half of their budget combating fires. Ravaged lands are left behind as people are evacuated. Even worse, the fires release tremendous amounts of mercury into the air. While industrial sources are often blamed for the mercury contamination of the environment, one of the most overlooked sources of mercury is from forest fires. A 2007 National Center for Atmospheric Research study showed that 30 percent of mercury contamination of soils and fragile ecosystems today is the result of forest fires. Mercury from industrial pollution settles in the forest and is held there, until forest fires send the mercury from the burning vegetation into the sky.

Over 40 tons of mercury raining down on America annually, contaminating soil and food

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