Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia

coal snark(The above is from a parody website)

But... but... coal is "clean"! And man-made environmental damage is a myth! And science is stupid! And fossil fuels are GREAT!

Oh wait:

I love sushi. I love it a lot. And now, between the newest Fukushima radiation leakage and the following story, I'm screwed. Did I mention that the Fukushima radioactive plume will hit the U.S. by early 2014?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Mercury found in high levels in deep Pacific Ocean fish such as swordfish has a chemical fingerprint, and it implicates coal-burning power plants in Asia, according to a new study.

A research team from the universities of Hawaii and Michigan looked at mercury in the flesh of nine species common to the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the largest ecosystem on the planet, at 7 million square miles.

Four years ago, the team found that mercury levels in such fish as tuna increased with the depth of the fish’s habitat. This time, they set out to find out why, and what forces were at play. On the way, however, they found evidence implicating coal. The results were published online in Nature Geoscience.

And to my fellow sushi-lovers, take note:

Sunlight breaks down the kind of mercury that’s dangerous on the sushi platter: monomethylmercury, according to the study. That makes shallower species, such as yellowfin tuna and mahi mahi, a safer dining bet, Popp suggested.

Happy Monday, everyone!