Audio Mercury is released as coal is burnt in power stations

TLF ID M015345

This resource describes research into environmental disease resulting from the heavy metal mercury. It is estimated 60,000 babies are born each year in the United States with mercury-related diseases from the burning of coal in power stations. World wide, this is a significant problem. Mercury also enters the environment and the food chain. Suresh Bhargava is working on monitoring mercury at power stations. The next step is to remove it at the source. Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio interview.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for year 9 and 10 science students to understand science as a human endeavour in the context of the cross curriculum priority of Sustainability for the Australian Curriculum. It emphasises the need for evidence-based conclusions and how chemistry is applied to monitoring environmental conditions.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • Science

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Contributors
  • Author
  • Name: ABC - Science Show
  • Organization: ABC - Science Show
  • Description: author
  • Contributor
  • Name: ABC - Science Show
  • Organization: ABC - Science Show
  • Description: author
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Description: Data contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Publisher
  • Name: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Organization: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Description: Publisher
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Audio
Rights
  • © 2013 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.