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minamata convention

Global Treaty to End Commercial Use of Mercury

The commercial use of mercury could end within three decades under a legally binding treaty signed as international law at a gathering last week of nearly 140 government delegations. To date, 92 countries have signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury treaty — the first new global convention on environment and health … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »

Global Mercury Emissions Treaty Adopted by 140 Nations

Global Mercury Emissions Treaty Adopted by 140 Nations

After four years of negotiation, more than 140 countries have adopted the first legally binding international agreement to control mercury emissions through a number of rules that place limits on power plants and industrial boilers as well as phase out products, such as batteries and thermometers, that use the toxic … Read more »