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A Toxics-Free Future

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Mercury At-a-Glance

12 June 2012 - 2:12pm -- ipen

Exposure to high levels of mercury can permanently damage the brain and kidneys and has been shown to affect a developing fetus, even months after the mother's exposure. In the aquatic environment, mercury can be transformed into methylmercury, a compound that is more toxic at low doses than pure mercury, absorbed by sea life, and then ingested by humans and other animals that eat seafood.

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Mercury-Free Campaign

IPEN launched its Mercury-Free Campaign to address the alarming level of environmental and human health threats (such as permanent damage to the nervous system and kidneys) posed by mercury around the world. Through the Campaign, IPEN is aiming to build a robust base of civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to raise awareness about mercury threats and support the development of a strong global treaty to eliminate or significantly reduce these threats.

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