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Mercury substitution priority working list: An input to global considerations on mercury management
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Abstract [en]

Mercury is among our most serious health and environmental hazards and man-made emissions of mercury result in human exposure, directly and via fish consumption. As an input to global considerations on mercury management, we present a mercury substitution priority working list, or: An identification of the least essential mercury uses. Our assessment indicates that: Many mercury uses may today be readily eliminated, if politically desired. Global mercury demand may be reduced significantly by substitution of the least essential uses. Applying a prioritized phase-out list may help focusing on the main problems, securing a cost effective phase-out process. We therefore recommend that a prioritised phase-out work list for intentional mercury uses is discussed and developed further in international cooperation, for example in the Open-ended Working Group considering legal and other initiatives on mercury established under the auspices of UNEP. The list could serve as: A valuable tool in mutual communication and discussion of possible global mercury reductions A tool for a step-wise reduction development, if desired politically A part of forming a common vision for global mercury reduction.

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Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers , 2007. , 51 p.
TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692 ; 2007:541
Keyword [fi]
kemikaalit, terveys, ympäristö
Keyword [da]
Kemikalier, Sundhed, Miljø
Keyword [is]
Efni, Heilsa, Umhverfi
Keyword [no]
Kjemikalier, Helse, Miljø
Research subject
Chemicals; Health; Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-1503DOI: 10.6027/TN2007-541ISBN: 978-92-893-1507-4OAI: diva2:701836
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