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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

BRI in the News

BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

For more information, visit our page on Resources for Journalists.

News Archive

 
Jan 14, 2019

Mercury Science Brief Released in Advance of EPA MATS Rollback, Featured by Many News Outlets


The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) were finalized in 2011 and currently regulate emissions of mercury, acid gases, and other hazardous air pollutants from US electric utilities. The MATS rule is expected to reduce mercury emissions from the power sector by 90%, improve public health, and play an integral role in meeting US commitments under the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

A proposal to weaken the MATS rule is currently under interagency review at the Office of Management and Budget and could result in lifting limits on mercury emissions.

BRI and collaborators have issued a background summary paper called Mercury Matters 2018: A Science Brief for Journalists and Policymakers to provide context including the most up-to-date research on the health and environmental effects of mercury, the improvements that have occurred since the adoption of MATS, and evidence that the health benefits of reducing mercury have been substantially underestimated.

Since publishing the science brief, this story has been covered by numerous news outlets including: 

 
Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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