Countries agree to worldwide limits on mercury use

01/22/2013 |

Ending four years of negotiations, more than 140 nations have agreed to sign the Minimata Convention treaty, which requires signatories to phase out use of mercury in fluorescent lamps, batteries and cosmetics by 2020. The treaty also requires signatories to limit mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants and other factories, though the chemical can still be used as a preservative in vaccines.

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