SCIENCE IN UNEP

Blog of the UNEP Office of the Chief Scientist

Feb 4

Written by: Chief Scientist Office
Monday, February 4, 2013 

Just a few days ago UNEP put out two reports in advance of international negotiations on a new mercury treaty -- the Global Mercury Assessment 2013 and Mercury: Time to Act. (http://www.unep.org/PDF/PressReleases/GlobalMercuryAssessment2013.pdf). 

Among the messages of the reports: That high exposure to mercury continues to pose a serious risk to humans worldwide through the food chain, and that “without improved pollution controls or other actions to reduce mercury emissions, mercury emissions are likely to be substantially higher in 2050 than they are today.” The good news is that on January 19th in Geneva, 140 countries agreed to the first legally-binding treaty to regulate the release of mercury to the environment.  A hopeful development for a safer world. (http://www.unep.org/NewsCentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=2702&ArticleID=9373&l=en)

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