On 19 January, governments agreed on a global, legally-binding treaty to address mercury emissions and releases. The agreement, known as the Minamata Convention, is the result of four years of negotiations. It provides for controls on mercury use, release and emissions across a wide range of products and industries, such as thermometers, energy-saving light bulbs, batteries, mining, cement and power stations.

To read more, the press release of the United Nations Environment Programme is available here:

http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2702&ArticleID=9373&l=en