Arctic Warbler, Denali Highway

Birds with the Heavy Metal Blues


Minimata Disease, named after the Japanese village where the symptoms were first reported, isn’t a disease at all. It was methylmercury poisoning inflicted on the Minimata villagers by Chisso Corporation, whose chemical processes dumped the mercury into Minimata Bay. The highly toxic methylmercury bioaccumulated, and poisoned the fish caught and eaten by the villagers. The…