There are currently negotiations of a new international treaty on mercury being held in Geneva. Jan Šamánek and Jindřich Petrlík from Arnika, have joined the protest against naming the treaty after the disaster in the Japanese city of Minamata. The irresponsible behaviour of the Chisso Corporation factory had then influenced health of a large number of local people and the next generations. The Japanese government has not yet to face the problem and compensate all the victims of the disaster. There has even been no proper remediation of the area.

Photo: Jindřich Petrlík, Arnika

The organizer of the protest is the IPEN network, which brings together non-governmental organizations from around the world to reduce the occurrence of dangerous persistent organic pollutants (dioxins, PCBs, etc.) and heavy metals.
 
Arnika is IPEN co-ordination center for Central and Eastern Europe since 2008.
 
At the meetings in Geneva wants Arnika enforce security contaminated sites and also reduce the demand for mercury.
 
Jan Šamánek, who coordinates some foreign projects of Arnika.
 
Mercury is a toxic heavy metal, which is due to structural damage or destruction of proteins in cells. Organic mercury compounds are exceptionally great ability to accumulate in organisms and transmit forth food chain.
 
Long-term effects of organic mercury compounds can cause disorders such as reproduction and general damage to the nervous system.
 
Into the environment, mercury gets in several ways. In addition to dental practices are mainly chemical plants that use mercury to run, but leaks are not uncommon even in the extraction of heavy metal or of old environmental burdens.
 
Into the environment, mercury gets in several ways. In addition to dental practices are mainly chemical plants that use mercury to run, but leaks are not uncommon even in the extraction of heavy metal or of old environmental burdens.
 
When mercury is released into the environment, begins its transformation into bacteria using the organic forms such as methylmercury, particularly in the aquatic environment. Mercury accumulates in the bodies of animals. Then further transmitted through the food chain.
 
A higher level of the food chain can be found with higher concentrations of mercury. This is especially true in fish.
 
Unfortunately, recent studies show that mercury contamination is ubiquitous in freshwater and marine ecosystems around the world.
 
High levels of mercury have been demonstrated for example in the last year in samples of fish caught in the Elbe under Spolana.
 
Unfortunately, recent studies show that mercury contamination is ubiquitous in freshwater and marine ecosystems around the world.
 
 
 

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