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               The sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on mercury (INC6) is scheduled to take place from November 3rd to November 7th 2014 in Bangkok (Thailand) and will be preceded by regional consultations on November 2nd 2014. Read more...
 
 
        The sixth meeting of the Partnership Advisory Group (PAG6), which carries out its activities within the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership, will be held from October 31st to November 1st 2014 in Bangkok (Thailand), back-to-back with the INC6 that will take place from November 3rd to November 7th 2014. Read more...

 

News  10/10/2013 
Adoption and signature of the Minamata Convention on mercury
 
On October 10th 2013, the Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries adopted the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto, Japan, with one head of State, 48 State ministers and other high-level representatives of countries taking part to the Conference. Read more...

 
             

News  08/10/2013 
Side event  in Kumamoto, Japan The Italian National Reference Centre for Mercury (CNRM) will be presented at delegates of Diplomatic Conference in Kumamoto, Japan. Read more...
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Pirrone's presentation at Kumamoto
 

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2012-2013

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Reducing Mercury Emissions from Coal Combustion in Power plants.  Coal combustion is one of the most significant anthropogenic sources of mercury emissions to the atmosphere. Coal does not contain high concentrations of mercury, but the combination of the large volume of coal burned and the fact that a significant portion of the mercury present in coal is emitted to the atmosphere produce large overall emissions from this sector. Read more...


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Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining - A Practical UNEP Guide Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is generally defined as the gold mining activity conducted by individual miners or small enterprises with limited capital investment and production. According to recent estimates ASGM is the largest of the mercury emitting sources in which mercury emissions and releases result, inter alia, from the intentional use of mercury to extract gold. Read more...


 

  From C-MERC 
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Mercury Pollution in the Marine Environment and impacts on human health The impact of mercury on human health and the environment results from different mechanisms depending on the chemical form of mercury. The major human exposure route to mercury is via ingestion through the consumption of  fish and shellfish in which the most of the mercury (about 90%) occurs as methylmercury, the more toxic form of mercury. Scientific studies have made it clear that adults, children, and developing fetuses are at risk from dietary exposure to methylmercury. Read more...           


     

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From Science “Mercury and Health” by Marcia McNutt, 27 September 2013 
This October, nations will gather in Japan to sign the Minamata convention, a treaty to address the toxic effects of mercury in the environment. The convention is timely and welcome in that it places controls and limitations on products, processes, and industries that increase the level of exposure of people and the environment to mercury, a naturally occurring element. Mercury bioaccumulates in the form of methylmercury, a powerful neurotoxin that can affect wildlife, domestic animals, and humans alike. Symptoms of mercury poisoning can range from numbness in the hands and feet and muscle weakness in mild cases, to insanity and death. Read more...