Target: Head of United Nations Environment Programme Achim Steiner
Goal: Establish the extent of mercury pollution from Asia and take necessary action.
Scientists have recently unveiled that twice as much mercury is being emitted into the atmosphere from power plants in Asia than previously thought, thereby risking the lives of living things. Once mercury is released into the atmosphere, it can remain there for a year being blown to different directions depending on the wind. Some of the mercury also end up deposited in the ocean and on land.
The research discovered that around 5000-6000 metric tons of mercury emissions are cycling in the atmosphere. Once emitted into the atmosphere, mercury has a complicated trajectory and even after settling on land or sinking into the oceans, it can still be re-emitted back into the atmosphere. This property can extend its environmental effects for years, leading to more harm.
Mercury has been known to have severe health effects on humans including brain damage to infants who are exposed to it in larger quantities. Mercury has also been reported to affect wildlife like egrets, herons and ducks.
The underestimate of mercury emitted is an indication that humans could be facing greater risks than previously thought. The recent growth in industrial activities and power production in Asia is responsible for this problem, meaning that regulation should be put in place to counter the situation before it becomes unbearable. Sign this petition to urge the United Nations Environment Programme to investigate the extent of mercury pollution from Asia and take necessary action.
Dear Achim Steiner,
Scientists have recently unveiled that Asia is producing more than double the amount of mercury initially thought, putting living things at a higher risk. Once mercury is released into the atmosphere, it can remain there for a long time, changing direction depending on the wind. Some of the mercury can also end up deposited on land or in the ocean.
The underestimation is a clear indication that humans could be facing a much greater risk than initially thought. The problem continues to grow because of the expansion in industrial activities and power production in Asia. The recent revelation means that regulations need to be implemented to combat the situation before it becomes unbearable.
Over the years, mercury has been known to have severe health effects on humans including brain damage to infants who are exposed to the metallic element in larger quantities. The metal can also affect wildlife like herons, ducks, and egrets.
Worse, mercury is known to have a complicated trajectory once emitted into the atmosphere. The metallic element can be re-emitted back into the atmosphere even after settling on land or sinking into the oceans. This property extends mercury’s environmental effects and can cause more harm.
Act fast and investigate the mercury pollution from Asia to put a stop to the emissions.
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