The government has estimated that $400 million will be needed to dredge and clean the heavy mercury content in the River Ankobra in the Western Region due to the activities of illegal small-scale m

Scorching sun beats down on half a dozen women as they carry large sacks of crushed ore on their backs at the Osiri-Matanda gold mine near Kenya's border with Tanzania.

The health department has finally acted upon and collected water samples from Asola village, where kidney failures are reported to be endemic.

Dangerously high levels of mercury and a related toxin are pervasive in rivers and soils near artisanal gold mines in Senegal, according to a new study from Duke University.

This study aims to conduct an inventory of mercury emissions from selected coal-fired power plants in Thailand. This study, focusing on emissions of mercury from coal combustion so as to generate electricity, is a contribution to international efforts to reduce mercury pollution.

The maiden Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury took place in Geneva on September 24-29.

N'Djamena - Ten people were killed in clashes at a gold mine in the Tibesti Mountains in northern Chad, pitting locals against outsiders in search of riches, a security source told AFP.

1044 women of child-bearing age from 25 countries participated in the study. 42% of them had mercury levels greater than 1 ppm — the level that approximately corresponds to the US EPA reference dose.* 55% of the women had mercury levels greater than 0.58 ppm mercury, a more recent, science-based threshold based on data indicating harmful effects at lower levels of exposure. Mercury is a health threat to women and the developing fetus.

Increased energy demand has led to plans for building many new dams in the western Amazon, mostly in the Andean region. Historical data and mechanistic scenarios are used to examine potential impacts above and below six of the largest dams planned for the region, including reductions in downstream sediment and nutrient supplies, changes in downstream flood pulse, changes in upstream and downstream fish yields, reservoir siltation, greenhouse gas emissions and mercury contamination.

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury today goes into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health da

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