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An NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution

An NGO Introduction to Mercury Pollution

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This is a booklet about the toxic environmental pollutant mercury. It provides
information about mercury pollution and its harm to human health and the
environment. The booklet also presents the major sources of mercury pollution
and calls for civil society efforts at the local, national, and global level
to work toward controlling human activities that release mercury into the
environment. The booklet gives special attention to current intergovernmental
discussions and negotiations aimed at establishing a global mercury-control
treaty, and it encourages nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other
civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage in the treaty process.
This is a booklet about the toxic environmental pollutant mercury. It provides
information about mercury pollution and its harm to human health and the
environment. The booklet also presents the major sources of mercury pollution
and calls for civil society efforts at the local, national, and global level
to work toward controlling human activities that release mercury into the
environment. The booklet gives special attention to current intergovernmental
discussions and negotiations aimed at establishing a global mercury-control
treaty, and it encourages nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other
civil society organizations (CSOs) to engage in the treaty process.

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An NGOIntroduction to MercuryPollution
By Jack WeinbergSenior Policy AdvisorInternational POPs Elimination Network
INTERNATIONAL POPsELIMINATION NETWOR
 
This booklet may only be reproduced for non-commercial purposeswith the permission of IPEN.
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of health and environmental organizations working in more than a hundred countries. The network was originally founded to promote the negotiation of a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from a class of toxic chemicals called Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).Then, following adoption by Governments of the Stockholm Convention on POPs, IPEN expanded its mission beyond POPs and now supports local,national, regional and international efforts to protect health and the environment from harms caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.
INTERNATIONAL POPsELIMINATION NETWORK 
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List o Abbreviations and Acronyms
AAP
American Academy o Pediatrics
ALMR
Association o Lamp and Mercury Recyclers
AMDE
Atmospheric Mercury Depletion Event
APCD
Air Pollution Control Device
ASGM
Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining
BAT
Best Available Techniques
BPOM
Indonesian Food and Drug Control Agency
CDC
United States Centers or Disease Control and Prevention
CFL
Compact Fluorescent Lamp
COP
Conerence o Parties
CSO
Civil Society Organization
EMEA
European Agency or the Evaluation o Medicinal Products
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
EPR
Extended Producer Responsibility
FAO
United Nations Food Agriculture Organization
FDA
Food and Drug Administration
FGD
Flue Gas Desulurization Systems
GAIA
Global Alliance or Incinerator Alternatives
GC
UNEP Governing Council
GEM
Gaseous Elemental Mercury
HCWH
Health Care Without Harm
HID
High-Intensity Discharge Lamp
IARC
International Agency or Research on Cancer
IPEN
International POPs Elimination Network
LCD
Liquid Crystal Displays
LED
Light-Emitting Diode
LNG
Liquid Natural Gas
MSDS
Material Saety Data Sheet
NGO
Non-governmental Organization
PAN
Pesticide Action Network
POP
Persistent Organic Pollutant
PTWI
Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake
PVC
Polyvinyl Chloride
RGM
Reactive Gaseous Mercury
RoHS
Restrictions in the use o Hazardous Substances
S/S
Solidication/Stabilization
SCR
Selective Catalytic Reduction
TGM
 Total Gaseous Mercury
IPEN: Working Together or a Toxics-ree Future
 
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