Summer/Fall 2006 – Mercury 2006

Key Points of the Declaration from the Eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

  • mercury pollution can threaten the health of people, fish, and wildlife everywhere, from industrial sites to remote corners of the planet;
  • reducing mercury use and emissions would lessen those threats;
  • a significant portion of the mercury deposited near industrial sources comes from those sources rather than from the global atmospheric pool or from natural sources;
  • evidence of mercury’s health risks is strong enough that people, especially children and women of childbearing age, should be careful about how much and which fish they eat;
  • the social and economic costs of mercury are probably higher than currently estimated because they don’t consider mercury’s impact on wildlife.

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University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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