What is the Minamata Convention on Mercury?
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic (human-caused) emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds to the environment.
As a highly toxic chemical element, mercury is considered one of the top ten (10) chemicals of major public health concern according to the World Health Organisation. Mercury is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust, and although various natural processes contribute to the release of mercury, the anthropogenic causes are the source of utmost concern. Human activities such as mining, combustion, production of metal from ores, the intentional use of mercury in products and processes and the re-mobilization of previous mercury releases have led to an increase in the mobilization of mercury into the environment.
Learn more about mercury and the Minamata Convention at: Minamata Convention on Mercury