From:The organisers of Mercury 2013, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP)
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 implementation of this year’s global treaty to reduce mercury emissions and a number of key individuals will be available to answer questions, including:
- Mr Anders Flanking
- State Secretary, Swedish Ministry of the Environment
- Dr David Piper
- Deputy Head, Chemicals Branch, UNEP Division of Technology Industry and Economics
- Michael Bender
- Mercury Policy Project/Zero Mercury Working Group
- Eric Uram
- Executive Director, SafeMinds
- Prof. K. Clive Thompson
- Chief Scientist, ALcontrol Laboratories UK
- Dr Lesley Sloss
- Chair, Mercury 2013
NB. Prior to the Press Conference, there will be an Exhibition with free access for the public, from 2 – 4pm, offering a wealth of information on mercury as well as free rapid tests to determine the mercury levels in visitor’s breath (giving some indication of the contribution from mercury amalgam fillings) and hair (giving some indication of the total body mercury burden)
The Mercury 2013 conference will take place in Edinburgh, from 28th July – 2nd August 2013. The event is the 11th in a series that began in Sweden in 1990.
Themed ‘Science Informing Global Policy’ the ICMGP events were created to tackle the environmental and health effects of mercury, and delegates will come from over 100 countries.
Mercury is recognised as a chemical of global concern due to its long-range transport in the atmosphere, its persistence in the environment, its toxicity, its ability to bio-accumulate in ecosystems and its significant negative effect on human health.
Mercury comes from a range of natural sources such as volcanoes, soils, undersea vents, mercury-rich geological zones and forest fires, as well as from fresh water lakes, rivers and oceans. However, human activity has increased the amount of mercury in the environment in several ways, including through a variety of combustion and industrial processes such as coal-fired power generation, metal mining and smelting, and waste incineration. Products such as batteries, fluorescent tube lights, thermometers, thermostats, switches and relays, barometers and dental fillings may contain mercury.
Mercury has been a part of our lives for many years, however, the problems associated with mercury in the environment now far outweigh any benefit, so it is time for action.
During the week of the Conference, there will be over 400 oral presentations, over 400 poster presentations, an Exhibition featuring companies from around the world, and three panel sessions covering 1) industrial emissions, 2) toxicity and 3) how to implement the Treaty.
Further information on all of the above is available at: www.mercury2013.com .