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Mercury poisoning

Mercury poisoning caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds. Mercury can enter the environment through the improper disposal of fluorescent tubes, tilt switches, older computers, batteries and paint. Mercury is toxic in very low doses, and causes brain heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system damage. Exposure to mercury can occur from breathing contaminated air, from eating foods that have acquired mercury residues during processing, from exposure to mercury vapor in mercury amalgam dental restorations and from improper use or disposal of mercury and mercury-containing objects, for example, after spills of elemental mercury or improper disposal of fluorescent lamps. Organisms exposed to mercury through contact with exposed substances, like earthworms in soil or fish in water, or through ingestion of already contaminated organisms or materials, such as grazers eating plants from contaminated soil. Mercury uptake by plants is extremely harmful. They show damage to structure and phytomass, decreased amounts of chlorophyll, as well as plant death in some species. Ecosystems include areas with high concentrations of avian and aquatic organisms, as these are primary targets for mercury bioaccumulation. These areas particularly at risk due to the high levels of organism exposure to the environmental system, and thus are more susceptible to the effects, even indirectly. The consumption of fish is most significant source of ingestion-related mercury exposure in humans and animals, although plants and livestock also contain mercury due to bioconcentration of mercury from seawater, freshwater, marine and soils, and atmosphere, and due to biomagnification by ingesting other mercury-containing organisms. Mercury has 3 forms: (1) elemental mercury, (2) inorganic salts, and (3) organic compounds. Organic mercury compounds methylmercury is the most toxic in nature. Fish and shellfish are the main sources of methylmercury exposure to humans. High levels of methylmercury in the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children may harm the developing nervous system, making the child less able to think and learn.

OMICS Group International is a blend of Open Access publications and worldwide international science conferences and event Organizer. OMICS Group publishes 400 Open Access journals with 21 days rapid review process 30,000 editorial team. OMICS Group has taken research world into the hands of ordinary people. It has also organizes 300 International conferences and Scientific Meetings all over the globe annually with the support of more than 1000 scientific associations , 30,000 editorial board members, and 3.5 million followers. The scientific sessions 'Young Scientist Awards and Poster Competition at OMICS Scientific Conferences offers a platform to the budding scientists and researchers to showcase their novel research. Most Conferences host exclusive International workshops and symposiums and exhibitions with a view to bridge the gap between the theory and practice. Eminent scholars, experts and personalities who are practicing in their respective fields are part of these initiatives and they provide first and foremost information about what is happening in the industry.

e-waste management Conferences in 2015:
1. ICEEWM 2015: XIII International Conference on Environmental, Energy and Waste Management.
2. 12th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant
3. 3rd annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability.
4. Science and Information Conference 2015.
5. International Conference on Technologies for Sustainable Development (ICTSD-2015).
6. WasteExpo in 2015
7. Exhibition and conference for South-East Europe on waste management and recycling.
8. International Trade Fair on Waste Management, Recycling, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy.
9. 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling.
10. The 30th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management.

Lists of Societies related to e-waste :
1. International Association of Electronics Recyclers : Albany, NY, US
2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : US
3. American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics : USA
4. Basel Action Network : US
5. World Reuse, Repair, and Recycling Association : US
6. E-Scrap Solutions : US
7. The National Waste & Recycling Association : US
8. Consumer Electronics Association : US
9. STEP : UK
10. Electronic Recycling Association : Canada

Major e-waste management Companies:
1. Resource Recycling, Inc : Portland, Oregon, US
2. Basel Convention : Switzerland, Europe.
3. Waste to Green : US
4. Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery (RCR&R) : US
5. American Electronics Recycling : US
6. Electronic Recyclers International, Inc : US
7. e-Stewards : USA
8. eGreen Recycling
9. ECS Environment Pvt Ltd. India
10. Attero Electronics asset Management Company : India

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