Volume 91 Issue 42 | p. 25 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 21, 2013

Countries Ink Mercury Pact

Department: Government & Policy

More than 90 countries signed a new treaty in mid-October to reduce global mercury pollution. Named the Minamata Convention on Mercury after a Japanese city that suffered one of the world’s worst cases of industrial mercury poisoning, the pact was completed in January (C&EN, Jan. 28, page 8). Signatories of the deal include Canada, Mexico, China, and the European Union. The U.S., which was embroiled in a government shutdown, did . . .

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