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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...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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