140 Countries to Tackle Mercury Pollution

140 Countries to Tackle Mercury Pollution

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clouds-yellow-desert.jpgMore than 140 nations agreed on Friday to negotiate a legally binding global treaty to phase out the use of deadly mercury, a toxic heavy metal that threatens the health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The deal came at a major UN meeting of environment ministers in Kenya after US President Barack Obama’s new administration said on Monday the United States had reversed its stance on the issue and was now in favour of a legal ban.

(Full report in Reuters)

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