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April 14, 2022

What happened at the second segment of the fourth Conference of the Parties for the Minamata Convention on Mercury?

The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) participated at the COP 4.2 of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from 21 to 25 March 2022. Its main priorities for COP4.2 included the following: Phasing out of additional mercury added products and processes via modification of Annexes […]
March 30, 2022

Convention on Mercury agrees to phase out major category of fluorescent light bulbs, but last-minute interventions delay action on another

CLiC Press Release Bali, Indonesia – At the Minamata Convention on Mercury fourth Conference of Parties (COP4), 137 governments adopted amendments to phase out a major category of fluorescent lighting, but actions were stalled on others. All fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, a chemical of major public health concern according […]
March 30, 2022

UN Bans Mercury Satellite Propellants Under New Minamata Treaty Provisions

PEER/ZMWG Press release Bali, Indonesia—On Saturday, the United Nations adopted a provision to phase out the use of mercury as a satellite propellant by 2025 during the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury.[i]  Public interest NGOs who have been following the issue […]
March 14, 2022

California Court Rules Amazon Must Protect Consumers

BERKELEY, CA—MARCH 14, 2022—The California Court of Appeals Friday ruled Amazon, the world’s largest store, must comply with consumer protection laws including warning California consumers when products sold on its marketplace contain chemicals listed by California as carcinogens or reproductive toxicants. As You Sow and other consumer advocates applauded the […]
March 10, 2022

Skin Lighteners Still Online Despite Mercury Findings

REPEAT OFFENDERS: Ebay, Amazon and Flipkart among websites selling high mercury skin lighteners, according to the Zero Mercury Working Group  271 online products tested from 17 countries: nearly half contained too much mercury  Some products had thousands of times more mercury than legal limit International coalition of NGOs* urge governments […]