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UN environment chief see mercury use phase-out under new treaty within 3 decades
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
The head of the U.N. environment agency says a new global treaty could eliminate harmful emissions of mercury from the planet within three decades.
The treaty, which was agreed to in January in Geneva and still requires ratification by 50 nations, includes rules affecting so-called artisanal or small-scale gold mining.
Mercury is a natural element that accumulates in fish and goes up the food chain, causing nerve damage to pregnant women, women of child-bearing age and young children.