Mercury treaty adopted in Geneva by 140 countries

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04:31 PM January 19th, 2013

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January 19th, 2013 04:31 PM

GENEVA — Delegations from some 140 countries have agreed to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use of health-hazardous mercury, the Swiss foreign ministry said Saturday.

The treaty, reached after a week of thorny talks, will aim to reduce global emission levels of the toxic heavy metal also known as quicksilver, which poses risks to human health and the environment.

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