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  • Vote brings US closer to reducing mercury pollution

    Members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 29-14 to approve H.R. 2190 and move it out of committee.  The bill would require chlor-alkali plants to end their use of mercury-based technology in chlorine and caustic soda production. Oceana, an international ocean conservation group that has been working for nearly five years to persuade nine companies to switch from ...


    By Oceana

  • Air pollution from agriculture: ammonia exceeds emission limits in 2015

    Ammonia (NH3) emissions in Europe have fallen since 1990, but not as much as emissions of other air pollutants tracked under an internationally agreed United Nations Convention. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today, ammonia emissions increased in 2015 and several European Union Member States as well as the EU as a whole exceeded their respective NH3 emission ...

  • Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution In the Works

    The soaring price of gold may be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide. The poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families. Experts also worry that the increased burning of coal, which naturally contains mercury, is causing the toxic to be released into the air and spread around the ...

  • Economic benefits from reducing mercury emissions

    Large benefits can be achieved for society by reducing global emissions of mercury. Global savings of US$1.8-2.2 billion (€1.3-1.6 billion) can be made by reducing damage to IQ alone, according to recent research. Mercury emitted to the atmosphere primarily comes from combustion of fossil fuels (about 46 per cent of global mercury emissions) and high temperature processing of minerals, such as ...

  • The organisers of Mercury 2013, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP)

    From:The organisers of Mercury 2013, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) To: Journalists When: 4pm Sunday 28th July Where:Soutra Room, Ground Floor, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE Why: The ICMGP will address the ...

  • `Chemical fingerprints` could reveal source of mercury pollution

    Scientists have described a new method for tracking down the source of mercury pollution from burning coal. By analysing the chemistry of the pollution, it is possible to identify which region the coal was originally from. Mercury pollution in the atmosphere comes mainly from coal-fired power stations and chemical plants. Mercury is naturally present in coal and is emitted when it is burned as ...

  • Global agreement needed on mercury pollution, says UN

    Governments need to accelerate the effort to deliver an international agreement on the poisonous heavy metal mercury Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. Experts are becoming increasingly concerned that increased burning of coal-naturally contaminated with mercury-is leading to releases to the air in some parts of the world from where it can spread ...

  • Albatrosses’ survival seriously threatened by mercury and pollutants

    Mercury and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) reduce albatrosses’ chances of successfully breeding, a recent study finds. These pollutants add to the list of environmental pressures, including climate change, disease and fishery bycatch, affecting this highly threatened species. Seabirds, such as albatrosses, are at risk of consuming high levels of pollutants that accumulate up through ...

  • U.S. signs Minamata treaty to reduce global trade in mercury, source emissions

    The U.S. on Nov. 6 signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, paving the way for the nation to become a party to the international agreement to reduce airborne emissions from power plants and other sources of mercury. The U.S. was scheduled to sign the Minamata Convention on Oct. 10 at the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, but U.S. participation in that meeting was ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • European successes in reducing toxic metal pollutants

    Strategies in Europe to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of heavy metals have been successful in reducing atmospheric emissions of cadmium, lead and mercury, according to a recent study. The study suggests further reductions are possible. Heavy metals are toxic to human health and can damage the environment. For example, if large amounts of lead build up in the ...

  • Lots of options to reduce greeenhouse gases and other pollutants

    Untitled Document The reality is that any form of energy generation will create some additional greenhouse gases and will add some amount of pollution or negative environmental impact. The challenge is to make ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • U.S. EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal to eliminate mercury pollution from dental offices nationwide. These new Clean Water Act standards would cut discharges of dental amalgam - a mixture of mercury and other metals that dentists use to fill cavities. Under this proposal, dentists must use devices to remove mercury and other toxic metals before they go down the ...

  • EPA issues first national standards for mercury pollution from power plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global Treaty on Mercury Pollution Gets Boost from United States

    The United States has strengthened the international effort to bring down emissions and releases of a notorious heavy metal after simultaneously signing and ratifying the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The treaty, adopted on 10 October in the Japanese city of Kumamoto and named after the place where thousands of people were poisoned by mercury in the mid-20th century, has now been signed by 93 ...

  • EPA issues first national standards for mercury pollution from power plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. The standards will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that ...

  • Momentum builds for ‘Mercury 2013’

    Mercury is moving towards the top of the agenda for regulatory bodies and interest from the public domain is growing. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) now defines mercury as “the pollutant of greatest concern”. In response to this, the organisers of the 11thInternational Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) are finalising plans for an event that will bring ...

  • Mercury 2013 Press Conference

    Panel: Loic Viatte, Swedish Ministry for the Environment Dr Lesley Sloss, Chair of Mercury 2013 and Principal Environmental Consultant at IEA Clean Coal Centre and Lead - Coal Mercury Partnership area at the UNEP John Topper, Managing Director, IEA Clean Coal Centre and Managing Director of the GHG Group Dr David Piper, Deputy Head of the Chemicals ...

  • Understanding the movement of mercury in the atmosphere

    In order to reduce mercury pollution, we need to understand its movement in the global atmosphere. A UN report summarises current information on mercury transport in the atmosphere and indicates that intensive global monitoring is needed to inform and evaluate policy. As a result of EU policy1, European emissions of mercury have dropped considerably in recent decades, decreasing by about 60 per ...

  • Groups Applaud EPA Action to Reduce Water Pollution From Power Plants

    Strong Rules Could Keep Millions of Pounds of Toxic Metals Out of Waterways WASHINGTON - In response to action by leading U.S. environmental groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to keep pollution from coal plant smokestacks out of America's waterways. EPA will issue these new rules, which would protect Americans from millions of ...


    By Defenders of Wildlife

  • Mercury Marine`s environmental stewardship

    A recent expansion at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin has caught the attention of professionals in the energy and environmental industries.   At an event this past May, the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) showcased Mercury's new process equipment and pollution control system.  The 75 attendees consisted of facility engineers, plant managers, project managers, ...

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