Global Mercury Assessment 2018

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS News
Monday, March 4, 2019

UN Environment just published the Global Mercury Assessment 2018, which includes mercury emission estimates by sector and country, as well as info on mercury fate and transport in the environment and levels in air, water, biota and humans. EAPS Associate Professor Noelle Selin coauthored the technical background document, contributing to the modeling chapter (chapter 5) with her former postdocs, Helene Angot and Sae Yun Kwon.

The Global Mercury Assessment 2018 is the fourth such assessment undertaken by The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), following earlier reports in 2002, 2008, and 2013. It is the second assessment produced by UN Environment in collaboration with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). The assessment is supported by a technical background document, the chapters of which have been prepared by teams of experts and peer-reviewed for scientific quality. This summary document presents the main findings of the technical document in plain language. Recognizing the relevance of the results of the Global Mercury Assessment 2018 for policy makers, this section presents key findings of highest policy relevance.

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