Mercury http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26569/all en Financing arguments put global mercury deal on brink http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/financing-arguments-put-global-mercury-deal-brink <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tom Miles</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Agreement may be near on a global treaty to reduce the use of toxic mercury, but arguments about a few tens of millions of dollars are taking the talks to the brink, a U.N. official involved in the Geneva negotiations said on Thursday.</p> <p>Another official predicted that the talks were likely to bring a deal late on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday, but it was still unclear whether the eventual text would be "a Swiss cheese" - full of holes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/financing-arguments-put-global-mercury-deal-brink" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Chemistry Matter Mercury Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:15:58 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735804 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-U.N. clinches global deal on cutting mercury emissions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-un-clinches-global-deal-cutting-mercury-emissions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Global trade in some mercury products to be banned by 2020</p> <p>* NGO criticises "soft language" of convention (Recasts, adds detail throughout)</p> <p>By Tom Miles and Emma Farge</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - More than 140 countries have agreed on the first global treaty to cut mercury pollution through a blacklist of household items and new controls on power plants and small-scale mines, the United Nations said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/update-1-un-clinches-global-deal-cutting-mercury-emissions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Entertainment Environment Matter Mercury Occupational safety and health Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 08:45:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736528 at http://www.globalpost.com Texas gas company must pay for several environmental projects in RI for environmental crime http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131105/texas-gas-company-must-pay-several-environmental-projects-ri <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Texas gas company was ordered Tuesday to pay for several environmental programs in Rhode Island under a criminal sentence handed down by a judge who took the unusual step of asking the community for punishment ideas.</p> <p>U.S. District Judge Williams Smith was forced to resentence Southern Union Co. after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down his original penalty of $18 million.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. 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This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131106/us-joins-anti-mercury-pollution-minamata-convention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemistry Matter Mercury Kyodo News International Thu, 07 Nov 2013 04:01:19 +0000 Kyodo News International 5982382 at http://www.globalpost.com British scientists develop "drill-free" tooth treatment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/british-scientists-develop-drill-free-tooth-treatment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Drillings and fillings at the dentist's are always dreadful and make tooth decay treatment very unpleasant.</p> <p>But British scientists have developed a new approach of fixing tooth decay, which could get rid of all the drillings, injections and fillings -- and unpleasantness, a press release by King's College London (KCL) said on Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. 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Its emissions to the environment have increased significantly as a result of activities such as mining and fossil fuel combustion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. 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