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Protecting Our Fresh Water from Mercury

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The effect of mercury of the health of humans and fresh water has been widely documented in Canada in recent years, as those effects have manifested in various bodies of water and communities across the country.

Mercury enters water directly or via the air, and when it converts to methylmercury becomes toxic to humans, resulting in harmful physical and mental symptoms.

IISD Experimental Lakes Area works on the science, determing what the impact of mercury is on water and fish, and how the effects and can be minimized. IISD then takes that groundbreaking research to develop policy for governments and industry, with the goal of reducing how much mercuty ends up in our waterways. 

  • Briefing Note
    Canada Advancing Global Efforts on Mercury Management

    Canada Advancing Global Efforts on Mercury Management

    This brief summarizes the state of knowledge on mercury management in Canada based on recent reports, as well as decades of research at the IISD-Experimental Lake Area (IISD-ELA).  Read More
  • Video
    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Researching Mercury

    How We Do Things at IISD-ELA: Researching Mercury

    This video explores the groundbreaking work that has been carried out at IISD-ELA to determine what impact mercury has on our water, and how we can best improve it. Read More
  • Interactive
    IISD Reporting Services coverage of 7th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7)

    IISD Reporting Services coverage of 7th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7)

    Ever since the original Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto and Minamata, Japan, IISD's Reporting Services team has been at all the major follow-up events, to bring you the latest news and updates from those who are negotiating the reduction of mercury emissions around the world. Read More
  • Paper
    The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out

    The End of Coal: Ontario’s coal phase-out

    Ontario has successfully implemented its policy to put an end to coal use in 2014. This energy transition has become “the single largest GHG reduction Read More