NEWS RELEASE: MIT Researcher Attending UNEP Signing of Landmark Mercury Treaty

Monday, October 7, 2013   (Browse all news)

International leaders have gathered this week in Kumamoto, Japan to sign a landmark treaty to curb the use of mercury. The treaty, named the Minamata Convention after a Japanese city where serious health damage occurred from mercury pollution in the mid-20th Century, is both wide-ranging and legally binding. MIT researcher Noelle Selin is attending the conference and presenting research on the impacts of mercury pollution and the importance of policies to control it.

Selin was part of an expert panel discussing the science of and policies regarding mercury pollution this weekend, hosted by the National Institute of Minamata Disease and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Learn more about the UNEP event: United Nations Convention Tackling Hazardous Mercury To Open for Signature

Learn more about Dr. Selin’s mercury research:

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