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Eco Accord: Green Light to Mercury Pollution

В середине января в Женеве страны согласовали текст юридически обязательного соглашения по ртути, получившего название Конвенции Минамата. Некоторые делегации празднуют победу – им удалось отстоять право промышленности продолжать загрязнять воздух, почву и воду этим токсичным металлом. По мнению IPEN (сети более 700 неправительственных организаций из 116 стран), осуществление настоящего соглашения приведет не к снижению, а к увеличению загрязнения ртутью.

Press Release from IITC / CIEA

Geneva, Switzerland — A long-awaited Legally Binding International Treaty on Mercury, officially named the “Minimata Convention on Mercury” was adopted by States at the 5th International Negotiating Committee session on the morning of January 19th, 2013.

The disproportionate impacts of mercury contamination suffered by Indigenous communities around the world were recognized in the preamble as a result of a monumental effort carried out by representatives of the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus attending the INC5 negotiations.

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Proposed name dishonours victims of the Minamata tragedy

Geneva — IPEN and other non-governmental organizations said that a new global mercury treaty is unlikely to reduce mercury releases, and may even result in increased mercury pollution at the close of treaty negotiations today. They also said that the proposed treaty name, “Minamata Convention”, dishonours those who continue to suffer from one of the worst cases of industrial mercury poisoning in the world.

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Concerns Growing that Mercury Treaty Will Not Reduce Global Emissions

Geneva — IPEN and other non-governmental organizations expressed growing concerns today that an international mercury treaty, currently being negotiated in Geneva, is unlikely to reduce mercury emissions, and may even result in increased mercury pollution. IPEN is a coalition of non-governmental organizations representing 700 public-interest organizations in 116 countries.

Mercury Treaty Must Reduce Global Emissions

Geneva — The health of current and future generations depends on an international mercury treaty that will ensure substantial reductions in global mercury emissions, said IPEN, a coalition of non-­governmental organizations representing 700 public-interest organizations in 116 countries.

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Final International Mercury Treaty Negotiation Begins Jan. 13

Gorham, Maine — A new scientific report, Global Mercury Hotspots, finds that humans and marine ecosystems around the world are contaminated with mercury and that mercury levels in humans and fish regularly exceed health advisory guidelines.

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Media Reports

International

Nature. Deal Reached on first treaty limiting mercury emissions. Jane Qiu

Associated Press.  More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury. John Heilprin

Reuters.  Mercury emissions treaty agreed upon by over 140 countries at UN talks. Talia Ralph.

Reuters. Update 2-U.N. clinches global deal on cutting mercury emissions. Tom Miles and Emma Farge

Agence France Presse. Groundbreaking mercury treaty adopted by 140 countries. Nina Larson (AFP)

Global Post. Mercury emissions treaty agreed upon by over 140 countries at UN talks. Talia Ralph.

Expatica.com. Rich countries reluctant to help finance mercury treaty: UN officials

Aljazeera. Nations agree first mercury-emissions treaty

Inter Press Service.  Q&A: New Binding Treaty on Mercury Emissions is “Ambitious”

World News Network. UN covenant to extent (sic) mercury emissions sealed by 140 countries. Cam Kleven

Science/Health

Science Insider.  Nations Agree on Global Mercury Limits. Gretchen Vogel.

Chemistry World. Global convention to limit mercury agreed. Maria Burke.

Sci-Tech Today.com. Global mercury emissions treaty adopted. (AP)

The Scientist. Treaty to curb mercury pollution. Jef Akst

Prevent Disease. 140 countries agree on mercury treaty that does not remove it from vaccines. Dave Mihalovic.

SciDev.net. Nations agree first global treaty to ban mercury emissions. Yojama Sharma

Canada

CBC News. UN treaty to limit mercury emissions signed by 140 countries (AP)

China

South China Morning Post. Nations agree on UN pact to cut mercury emissions.  (AP/Geneva)

EurActiv. EU hails global deal on cutting mercury emissions

France

LeMonde. Pollution au mercure: un traite international voit enfin le jour (Mercury pollution: an international treaty is finally born.) Giles van Kote (Geneva)

India

The Hindu. Treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions signed (AP)

The Hindu. Groundbreaking mercury treaty adopted by 140 nations. (AFP)

Reuters India. U.N. clinches global deal cutting mercury emissions. (Tom Miles and Emma Farge)

Indonesia

Jakarta Globe. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries (AFP)

Japan

Daily Yomiui Online. Minamata sufferers aim to teach world.

The Japan Times. Japan, 140 countries adopt groundbreaking treaty to cut mercury emissions (AP)

Korea

The Korea Herald. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Malaysia

The Sun Daily. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Middle East

Middle East North Africa Financial Network.  Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Arab News. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Khaleej Times. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Nepal

Republica. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Pakistan

Pur8Pakistan. Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Philippines

MSN (Philippines) Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries. (AFP)

Russia

TASS. UN member states agreed on convention for the control of mercury pollution.

RT. 140 countries agree on first-ever global treaty to curb mercury pollution.

RIA Novost. Экологи раскритиковали новое глобальное соглашение по ртути (Environmentalists have criticized the new global agreement on mercury)

South Africa

Star Africa. Groundbreaking mercury treaty adopted by 140 countries. (AFP).

The Citizen. Groundbreaking mercury treaty adopted by 140 countries. (AFP)

Switzerland

Neue Zurcher Zeitung. Konvention zur Reduktion von Quecksilber-Emission verabschiedet. (Treaty to reduce mercury emissions adopted.

UK

The Guardian.  140 countries agree mercury treaty.

The Guardian Poverty Matters blog. Mercury treaty fails to offer poor gold minders a quicksilver solution

US

New York Times. Mercury-emissions treaty is adopted after years of negotiations (AP).

Wall Street Journal. Nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

Washington Post. More than 140 nations adopt first international treaty to reduce mercury emissions.

San Francisco Chronicle. More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

Business Week. More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

ABC News. Treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions signed.

Fox News. Nations adopt first legally binding treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions

KSL.com. (Utah) More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury. (AP)

The Telegraph (Macon, Georgia). More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury.

Philadelphia Inquirer. Treaty signed on reducing mercury.

Boston Globe.  More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

Portland Press Herald. Treaty adopted to cut mercury emissions.

Sacramento Bee. More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury

Carolinas. Treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions signed.

US Foreign Policy. United Nations Treaty on Mercury Pollution. Steve Jones (About.com Guide)

TopNews. Treaty signed after four years for mercury emissions limits. Harkamal Singh

Blogs/Online

The Green Optimistic. 140 Nations Agree on Reducing Mercury Pollution. Mila Luleva

EcoWatch. Mercury Treaty Finalized: Will it Reduce Global Emissions? Sharon Khan (Waterkeeper Alliance)

GhanaWeb news. Mercury treaty will help protect right to health- Human Right Watch

HarlanMorse21’s blog. More than 140 nations adopt treaty to cut mercury (AP) (scroll down to find article)

Shiny cant. Treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions signed. (AP) (scroll down to find article)

Young Theo62’s blog. Mercury emissions treaty adopted by more than 140 nations. (AP) (scroll down to find article)

UNEP

Caribbean Environment Programme. Nations agree first mercury-emissions treaty

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