1 Tahrcountry Musings: Global Mercury Ban Urged

Friday, February 02, 2007

Global Mercury Ban Urged

A consortium of NGOs from around the globe “Zero Mercury Coalition”, has called for immediate action by governments worldwide to phase out mercury and export of the toxic metal. The case will be forcefully argued at the next week’s meeting of UNEP to be held in Nairobi. Mercury poisons the brain and is a threat to future generations. 5 years back UNEP came up with a “Global Mercury Assessment Report” but no firm action has been initiated so far. Even though use of mercury has come down in developed countries its use is shooting up alarmingly in developing countries. The environmentalist wants the governments to set firm reduction goals and put legal obligations on the companies.

1 comment:

Prasanth Kodai said...

Good to hear that people from developed world are worried about develping world also.There is a tendency to dump outmoded technology on developing world.Mercury is a slow killer.