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.
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.
A survey of mercury content in the hair of delegates at the first UN negotiating meeting for a global treaty on mercury.
At the 1st International Negotiating Committee (INC1) for a Global Treaty on Mercury, negotiators from 40 countries were tested by IPEN and SSNC, and mercury levels between 93 ug/kg and 2956 ug/kg were found in their hair samples. More than one-third of the samples exceeded the US National Research Council mercury reference dose of 1000 ug/kg.