Heavy Metals (Mercury and Cyanide Will Arrive in 10 days). There will be new mercury increases arriving from Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia's Gobi Desert, the largest copper and gold mine in the world. A project of Canada's Ivanhoe Resources.

In Ulaan Baatar, as in other Mongolian cities and towns, the only source of electric power is from poorly build Russian coal fired generators. The pollution levels from these generators is high. For each ton of fly ash generated there is one ton of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Forests help to reduce the CO2 levels and hence clean our air before it arrives.
Just one of many pollution sources in Ulaan Baatar, capital of Mongolia
Pollution in Ulaan Baatar
Darkhan Fossil Fuel Generating station
Pollution from the Coal Fired Generator in Darkhan, Mongolia's second largest city.

March 17, 2008 - Satellite measures pollution from east Asia to North America
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

Pollution's Journey

In a new NASA study, researchers taking advantage of improvements in satellite sensor capabilities offer the first measurement-based estimate of the amount of pollution from East Asian forest fires, urban exhaust, and industrial production that makes its way to western North America

The trans-Pacific flow of pollution is measured in teragrams, a unit of measurement of the mass of pollution aerosol (1 teragram is about 2.2 billion pounds). Satellite data confirmed 18 teragrams -- almost 40 billion pounds -- of pollution aerosol was exported to the northwestern Pacific Ocean and 4.5 teragrams – nearly 10 billion pounds -- reached North America annually from East Asia over the study period.

The pollution aerosols also travel quickly. They cross the ocean and journey into the atmosphere above North American in as little as one week.

In yet another report USA Today states: "Mercury emitted by power plants and factories in Asia wafts over to the USA and settles into the nation's lakes and streams, where it contributes to pollution that makes fish unsafe to eat. In the future these emissions will increase."

The increases will be arriving from Mongolia's Gobi Desert and the largest copper and gold mine in the world. A project of Canada's Ivanhoe resources.

A University of California at Davis study found that toxic metals and other man-made pollutants are hitching rides on the desert dust, making the plumes an effective long-distance pollution transport system.

Dust Cloud Paths

Portsmouth, N.H. scientists engaged in a major study of air quality and climate change have discovered pollutants from Asia hanging high over New England and the Atlantic -- one of the early surprises of research aimed at clarifying how smokestack and auto emissions travel and change in the atmosphere.

The discovery marks the first time Asian pollution plumes have been observed over the East Coast, and it suggests that improvements in American air quality could be threatened as Asian countries rapidly become more industrialized.

There is a positive side to the non-pollutants in the dust. Winds pick up quartz dust and other particles, mainly from Mongolia and the Gobi Desert, and become part of the a system that sustains life in distant regions. In the North Pacific, for example, lack of iron limits the growth of microscopic algae that form the base of the food chain. Dust plumes bring extra iron to fertilize the algae. That, in turn, supports more fish.

The negative side is that those fish are getting the airborne mercury and other toxic substances.

Forests help to clean the air we breath. Our forest project in Mongolia will help to reduce the amount of erosion, hence dust and pollutants, and help to clean the air that will arrive in North America within days.

A dust storm that originated in Mongolia on April 10, 2001, made its way across the Pacific to the U.S., sprawling from Canada to the Southwest and as far east as the Great Lakes. Although Asian dust storms occur every year, a drought in China and Mongolia, along with abnormally strong winds, provided ideal conditions for global dust travel in 2001.

Mongolian Dust StormAsian Dust Arrives in North America

TOMS Pollutant Reflectivity

While dust storms do not occur in December pollutants do and can be seen as they journey to North America. The TOMS Reflectivity Display Image is a 3-day composite image of the data recorded by the spacecraft.

Editors' Note:

The Mongolian reforestation projects will not only help to clean the air we breath but will reduce erosion and dust storm particulates that will arrive over North America in 10 days. There is a very strong possibility of increased mercury levels arriving as well

Robert Friedland, the CEO of Ivanhoe Resources, has a track record speaks for itself.

"There was a spectacular cyanide spill from his gold mine in Summitville, Colorado, in 1993, dubbed the ‘Exxon-Valdez of the mining industry’"

"In 1995 the Omai gold mine holding pond collapsed, spewing 3.2 billion liters of cyanide-laced tailings into two rivers in Guyana – reputedly the largest cyanide spill in history. No reparations at all have been paid here."

"The threat of similar incidents was one of the reasons why people took to the streets to protest against Ivanhoe Mines in Mongolia in April 2006, burning an effigy of Friedland and camping out in the capital, Ulaan Baatar, for three weeks"

Read Robert Friedland 'sense of humor". The problem is that from his track record he is not joking.

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