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BRI's work on mercury in songbirds has been in the news recently including an article in National Geographic Online. Pictured here is a Yellow Warbler.

BRI in the News

BRI news stories have appeared in many regional, national, and international news outlets. These stories help promote awareness of our work, but also promote the general issues of conservation biology and the need to continue research in wildlife health and its implications to human health.

BRI's researchers are available to talk to journalists and provide expert information on both their work and the broader topics of their expertise. 

To set up interviews, contact: 

Deborah McKewCommunications Director 

News Archive

Oct 15, 2013

Update on Global Mercury Treaty

The Minamata Convention on Mercury: A First Step toward Protecting Future Generations

In October 2013, a new international convention to control mercury emissions will be open for signing in Japan. Named the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the agreement is a response to the realization that mercury pollution is a global problem that no one country can solve alone. The convention was four years in the making, with more than 130 nations agreeing by consensus to a final text in January 2013. It includes both compulsory and voluntary measures to control mercury emissions from various sources, to phase the element out of certain products and industrial processes, to restrict its trade, and to eliminate mining of it.

David Evers, Ph.D., executive director of Biodiversity Research Institute and a member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), helped inform the Global Treaty on Mercury.

For the full story by Rebecca Kessler, science and environmental journalist based in Providence, RI.

To view a map showing which countries have signed the Treaty, click here.

Photo Credits: Yellow Warbler © Ken Archer.
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