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World Service broadcast on mercury

Fri 29 November, 2013

Mercury is the bad-boy of the periodic table, often called ‘quicksilver’, it is both mesmerising and toxic as Professor Andrea Sella of University College London vividly explains. In […]

Global treaty on mercury pollution gets boost from United States

Thu 14 November, 2013

The United States has strengthened the international effort to bring down emissions and releases of a notorious heavy metal after simultaneously signing and ratifying the Minamata Convention on […]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury

Thu 17 October, 2013

More than 90 countries signed a treaty to limit mercury use and pollution at a United Nations conference in Kumamoto, Japan, on 10 October. The Minamata Convention on Mercury […]

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The Minamata Convention on Mercury

October 17th, 2013

More than 90 countries signed a treaty to limit mercury use and pollution at a United Nations conference in Kumamoto, Japan, on 10 October. The Minamata Convention on Mercury seeks to curb emissions of the metal from power plants and other industrial facilities, and to limit its use in products from batteries and light bulbs to cosmetics and medical equipment (see go.nature.com/vqch6y). The treaty will enter into force once it has been ratified by 50 countries, which is expected to take three to four years. (From Nature’s this week in Science 11-17 Oct 2013)

To see the list of countries which have signed so far visit the Minamata Convention Website

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