Tag: Mercury

Coal-fired power plants: growing source of mercury emission in Pakistan

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MERCURY IS attractively beautiful, but a toxic heavy metal that triggers brain damage; effects immune and reproductive system; exclusively harmful to developing fetuses; and cause heart problems. Less than one gram or 1/70th of one teaspoon of mercury deposited on a 25-acre lake can make the fish hazardous to eat. Sources of mercury are quite […]…Read More

Govt urged to stop dental mercury amalgam use

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STAFF REPORT ISB: More than 137 civil society organizations, including SDPI, Islamabad, individuals and professionals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Thailand have signed a declaration calling for Asia to end the use of mercury in dental care. Amalgam fillings are 50 per cent mercury, a major neurotoxin and its continuous use is not justified as alternatives are now affordable, effective, and available in Asia. The restriction of its use is demanded worldwide in the…Read More

Check on mercury amalgam stressed to save environment

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article image MONITORING REPORT ISB: Mercury emitted from dental amalgam badly affects human beings, aquatic and terrestrial animals, micro-organisms, plants and the entire environment, said Dr. M. Khawaja from SDPI while speaking at a global meeting of experts on "South, South-East Asian Summit for Mercury Free Dentistry". Asian Center for Environmental Health has recently organized the meeting in Dhaka in association with World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry (WAMFD) and Washington…Read More

SDPI report hints at high mercury pollution

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has recently launched its recent research report revealing extremely higher levels of mercury pollution in air at some sites, that exceeds permissible the limits of 300 ng/m3.The report was launched while marking the World Environment Day at its premises. The report was a culmination of the research study conducted in collaboration with European Environmental Bureau (EEB) with support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, to assess…Read More

Mercury pollution exceeds safety level at dental clinics

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Recent study by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) reveals high level of indoor mercury pollution’ in the air inside various dental hospitals in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.The  study, conducted in collaboration with European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), seeks to monitor Mercury emission and release sites’ in various cities of Pakistan and assess air quality to protect environment and human health.As the mercury metal and its…Read More

Medical staff sensitised on mercury systems

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Some dental teaching hospitals, indoor mercury levels are found to be 15 - 20 times higher than the permissible limit for human health. Mercury contamination measurements have recently been made by Lumex mercury analyzer.A brief training and demonstration of Lumex use was also given by Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja and Maryam Shabbir, to a group of postgraduate students at ICS who also assisted SDPI monitoring team in the survey work at a few sites in Peshawar. The SDPI mercury…Read More

Mercury pollution measurement sys launched

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s first ever project to measure mercury pollution in the air has recently been launched in the city.The collaborative project started by SDPI, European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), is an attempt to identify and monitor mercury emission and release sites’ in various cities of Pakistan and assess their air quality to protect environment and human health.As part of commencement activities, the teams of SDPI monitors have been…Read More

Environment experts fear mercury pollution rising

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Widespread global mercury contamination of seafood and health effects from methyl-mercury in seafood occurring below the level that was considered "safe" just a few years ago, says a recent report."The level of mercury in the Pacific Ocean is projected to increase by 50 per cent by 2050 if the current pollution trends continue unabated," said Dr. Mahmood Khwaja, Senior Advisor, Chemicals and Sustainable Industrial Development, SDPI, on the occasion of the…Read More

SDPI for legally binding global deals on toxic mercury

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: World leaders at IUCNs "Global Conservation Congress 2012", should support legally binding treaty on mercury to protect health, environment and ecosystem from hazardous and toxic mercury, said Dr. Mahmood. A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), has said."SDPI has moved a motion for a global treaty to the upcoming IUCNs "Global Conservation Congress 2012" planned for this month. The resolution calls for effective…Read More