Jul 10, 2014

Minamata disease applications rejected under new criteria

The Environment Ministry said Wednesday it has rejected demands from four people to be officially recognized as sufferers of Minamata mercury-poisoning disease, under new criteria adopted in March. Following recommendations by an ad hoc certification panel, the ministry made its first judgments on applications ...

Tiniest planet Mercury is getting even smaller

Mar 17, 2014

Tiniest planet Mercury is getting even smaller

Detailed maps of Mercury’s cliffs and ditches show the solar system’s innermost and smallest planet, Mercury, has lost much more real estate due to cooling over 4 billion years than scientists thought, according to a report published Sunday. Cooling of Mercury’s massive iron core ...

Mercury still threat, Abe assurances or not

| Oct 21, 2013

Mercury still threat, Abe assurances or not

by Eric Johnston

Earlier this month, delegates from over 130 nations gathered in Kumamoto to launch the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The U.N.-brokered treaty aims to limit mercury use and emissions. It comes at a time when the U.N. Environmental Program warns half of all global anthropogenic ...

Minamata Convention is adopted

Oct 10, 2013

Minamata Convention is adopted

A thousand delegates from around 140 nations adopt a treaty in Kumamoto regulating the use and trade of mercury at a global conference organized by the U.N. Environment Program.

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

Oct 7, 2013

Minamata mercury treaty finds skeptics

by Eric Johnston

Delegates from about 130 countries will gather Wednesday in the Kumamoto Prefecture cities of Minamata and Kumamoto for a three-day meeting to finalize a new international treaty seeking to ban or greatly limit the use of mercury. But critics say the treaty contains too ...

Jan 25, 2013

Targeting the use of mercury

More than 140 countries in Geneva agree on a treaty that marks the first step in global efforts to prevent health-environmental damage from mercury.