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2013-11-11 08:27:54

Company pressures publications to remove articles about health hazards of mercury-based dental products WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dentsply International, one of the world's largest manufacturers of mercury-based dental products, has pressured mainstream dental industry publications to remove articles about mercury's toxicity and questions about the company's plans to dump these products in the poorer countries in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia....

2013-10-10 20:20:40

KUMAMOTO, Japan, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Countries signing the world's first international mercury treaty have a "moral and legal" obligation to fully implement all treaty provisions, said IPEN, an international NGO, which participated in the three-year treaty process. More than 100 countries signed the Minamata Convention, as the treaty is known, Thursday in a ceremony in Kumamoto, Japan. "The mercury treaty is a victory because it represents a global consensus that mercury...

2011-06-23 21:55:00

55 year-old struggle may provide lessons for Fukushima victims TOKYO, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Expectations are high as the Japanese government holds meetings on 26 June in Minamata to explain why the new mercury treaty should be named the Minamata Convention. The planned meeting triggered visits to Japanese embassies in Czech Republic, India, Philippines, and Thailand urging action on the 55 year-old disaster. In addition, more than 200 NGOs from 70 countries signed a...

2011-01-28 10:49:00

CHIBA, Japan, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delegates from more than 120 countries met this week to continue constructing a legally-binding global mercury treaty, expected to be signed in Minamata, Japan in 2013. While many important issues were discussed, public interest NGOs urged delegates to be more ambitious when setting the mercury treaty's scope and goals. "Governments need to step up and take more leadership in this debate," stated Linda E. Greer, Ph.D., of the...