Geneva agreement to reduce mercury threat

MORE than 140 countries have agreed on a treaty to curtail worldwide mercury pollution to curb the toxic metal’s adverse impact on health.

Mercury emissions have been rising in several developing countries, according to the United Nations. 

The treaty, to be signed in October, will regulate the production, supply and trade of mercury and emissions from small-scale gold mining and from power plants and metal-producing facilities.

“Everyone in the world stands to benefit from the decisions taken [in January] in Geneva – in particular the workers and families of small-scale gold miners, the peoples of the Arctic and this generation of mothers and babies and the generations to come,” the executive director of the UN Environment Programme said in a statement.