Mercury rising

Mercury rising

Minamata has become a word synonymous with disease. ‘Minamata disease’ was first identified in 1956, after years of chemical company Chisso discharging methyl mercury into Minamata Bay, Japan. It was a process that continued until 1968, and left over 2,500 people affected by mercury related diseases. Symptoms can range from ataxia, muscle weakness and damage … Continue reading


To mine or not to mine?

Last week’s tragic events in the Swansea Valley serve as a stark reminder of the dangers of looking underground for our fuel sources. It came on a day when we joined the Archaeology and Anthropology section at the British Science Festival for a field trip to the National Coal Mining Museum in Bradford. We spoke … Continue reading