Kyodo News InternationalOctober 10, 2013 05:07
Delegates from across the world adopted an international treaty Thursday to regulate the use and trade of mercury, named after a Japanese city where industrial emissions of the toxic substance caused a poisoning disease affecting thousands of people.
The landmark "Minamata Convention on Mercury," aiming to prevent health damage and environmental pollution, was adopted at an international conference organized by the U.N. Environment Program in Kumamoto City in the southwestern prefecture. It has drawn 1,000 delegates from about 140 nations.