Deal on mer­cury:

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A new global treaty adopted by 140 na­tions will cut mer­cury pol­lu­tion from min­ing, util­ity plants and a host of prod­ucts and in­dus­trial pro­cesses. It sets lim­its on mer­cury emis­sions and en­cour­ages shifts to al­ter­na­tives. Mer­cury is re­leased from ar­ti­sanal gold min­ing (pic), coal-pow­ered plants, and from dis­carded elec­tronic or con­sumer prod­ucts such as elec­tri­cal switches, ther­mostats and den­tal amal­gam fill­ings. It is also found in bat­ter­ies, paints and skin-light­en­ing creams.

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