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The commercial use of mercury could end within three decades under a legally binding treaty signed as international law at a gathering last week of nearly 140 government delegations.
To date, 92 countries have signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury treaty — the first new global convention on environment and health in nearly a decade, according to the UN Environment Programme. The agreement still must be ratified by at least 50 countries that signed the treaty, AP reports. The US planned to sign the treaty, but was unable to last week due to the government shutdown, AP reports.