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Mercury Elimination

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Mercury Treaty COP1 Video Displays

To supplement work at COP1, IPEN provided video and slideshow footage of how participating organizations are researching the effects of mercury poisoning. Below are the links to the videos displayed at the IPEN booth.

Click on the mercury bubble photo to see the full slideshow and video compilation. To view parts of the compilation separately, click on the corresponding photo. 

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27 September, 2017

IPEN Participation in Thematic Sessions

The goal of the Thematic Session on Water was to examine how measures to reduce and control emissions and releases of mercury that end up in water bodies can relieve the environment of its mercury burden and decrease human exposure to mercury.

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(Göteborg, Sweden) Mercury, a neurotoxic metal, has been found in high levels across all global regions in women of reproductive age, according to a new study conducted by IPEN (a global public health & environment network) and Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI). Women in the Pacific Islands and in communities near gold mining sites in Indonesia, Kenya, and Myanmar were found to have average mercury levels many times higher than US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health advisory levels.

The research, Mercury in Women of Childbearing Age in 25 Countries, was undertaken to measure the prevalence of mercury body burden at levels that can cause neurological and organ damage. Mercury in a mother’s body can be transferred to her fetus during pregnancy, exposing the developing fetus to the potent neurotoxin. The study is the first of its kind to sample as many countries and regions and spotlight women of childbearing age.  

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