Protecting Our Fresh Water from Mercury
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.
Speaking Each Other’s Language
When it comes to communicating the research findings of the world's freshwater laboratory, we need to speak to communities in their own languages. Literally.
What Trump's EPA Rollbacks Show Us About the Importance of Co-Benefits
A recent ruling on how the EPA regulates mercury could have wide-ranging impacts on U.S. citizens and the environment.
How the U.S. EPA is Changing its Mercury Policy
We explain how President Trump wants the EPA to changes its policies on mercury, and how it could impact the United States and potentially Canada.
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.
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).
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.
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 measure in North America”: since 2007, when coal accounted for about 25 per cent of its electricity generation, Ontario has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 34 Mt or 17 per cent.
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