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Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 5

Organising a press meet today, researchers of the Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development presented the estimated economic losses associated with mercury pollution.

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/50992-dar-risks-missing-v...

RODGERS LUHWAGO

TANZANIA is likely to participate at the first Conference of the Parties (COP1) of the Minamata Convention as observers.


The conference is confirmed to take place from 24 to 29 September this year at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

First ever peer-reviewed study on the economic burdens of mercury exposure near sources named in the Minamata Convention

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27594689

For Immediate Release

Göteborg, Sweden: Developing and transition countries stand to lose millions of dollars in earning potential every year due to mercury contamination, according to a new study published in The Journal of Environmental Management.[1] The analysis, led by noted researcher Dr. Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, is the first peer-reviewed study to estimate economic losses due to diminishing IQ resulting from mercury contamination in these countries.

The study evaluated mercury concentrations in hair samples from 236 participants from 17 sites in 15 countries, and estimated an annual loss of $77 - $130 million USD to these specific communities. All study participants lived near highly toxic mercury sources named in the Minamata Convention, the international treaty that obligates parties to take actions to minimize and eliminate mercury pollution to protect human health and the environment. On May18th, the Convention reached the 50-country ratification milestone and will become international law August 16th.

For immediate release: 19 April, 2017

A new study, supported by the Minamata Convention’s Interim Secretariat hosted by UN Environment, reveals that women of childbearing age living in four Pacific Island countries have elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.  Mercury monitoring in women of childbearing age in the Asia and the Pacific Region, jointly conducted by the interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), and the global NGO network IPEN, examined hair samples from women aged 18 - 44 from Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Kiribati, and two landlocked Asian countries, Tajikistan and Nepal.

A study done by IPEN Participating Organization Pesticide Action Network Mauritius was the focus in this article from Le Défi Quotidien:

PAN Mauritius Le Defi

 

Quezon City.   Civil society groups have reiterated their support for actions that will prevent mercury contamination of the ecosystems and the resulting human exposures to this potent neurotoxin.

At a seminar held today to commemorate the 60th anniversary since the official identification in 1956 of the Minamata disease, a neurological problem linked to the consumption of seafood contaminated with methylmercury, the EcoWaste Coalition and other public interest groups rallied all sectors to back measures aimed at curbing mercury emissions, releases and exposures.

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