Global treaty on mercury formally adopted

The UN treaty on mercury controls agreed in January (ENDS Report 456, p7) has been officially adopted

The UN treaty on mercury controls agreed in January (ENDS Report 456, p7) has been officially adopted at a meeting in Japan, but it will not enter force until it has been ratified by 50 countries.

The treaty, known as the Minamata Convention, introduces binding controls on mercury mining, use and emissions, and it bans the use of mercury in  a range of products by 2020. These include fluorescent lights, blood pressure monitors and most batteries.

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