Mercury science

The mercury game uses an assessment, modelled after the Global Mercury Assessment, allowing participants to explore how scientific information is interpreted and affects international environmental negotiations.

International mercury assessments

There are a number of great resources on mercury’s global environmental and health impacts. These sources are listed in the mock International Mercury Assessment used in the game. Particularly important sources of information include:

The scientific literature contains significant information on mercury emissions, toxicity, health impacts, ecosystem effects and many other subjects. Although there are many excellent review articles for each of these subjects, we also recommend Selin’s 2009 review article, “Global Biogeochemical Cycling of Mercury: A review” in Annual Review of Environment and Resources, which may provide a helpful entry point into the broader scientific literature.

To read more about the interface of science and policy in the mercury treaty negotiations, check out our companion blog on mercury policy.

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