Friday, 18 December 2015

NGO Forum urges the Government of Ratification Minamata Mercury

Some NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) has urged the government to ratify the Convention on the Minamata mercury. If not controlled, heavy metal pollution will impact on the environment and health. Daru Setyorini of Ecoton (Institute for Ecology and Conservation Wetlands), for example, cited the impact of mercury pollution in Surabaya, East Java. Data showed that he got 56 percent of children with cancer in the area live in the watershed (Watershed) Brantas contaminated with mercury. Trace contamination of heavy metals such as lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd) is also found in breast milk (breast milk) and blood around Kenjeran Beach resident

who is the Brantas River estuary. In addition, 80 percent of children in Turkish Kenjeran also indicated experiencing low syndrome learner. \”Graduated SD can be read alone is great. Most are weak in math,\” Daru said in a media briefing at the cafe Anomaly in Central Jakarta, Monday (04/20/2015). Meanwhile, Arif Fiyanto of Greenpeace Indonesia called the plant (steam power plant) as one of the main sources of mercury pollution. Power plant to be built in Batang, Central Java, for example, with a capacity of 2,000 MW is expected to release mercury as much as 760 kg / year. \”Data

UNEP in 2010 showed 26 percent of global mercury emissions come from power plants,\” said Arif. Small Scale Gold Mining (PESK) is also a concern, particularly by Balifokus Foundation. It is estimated that there are 850 points of small-scale gold mining in Indonesia are all using mercury. Balifokus studies have shown any symptoms of mercury poisoning that led to Minamata Disease in some hotspots. \”In the world there are 20 million small-scale gold miners, 3 million of them children and women,\” said Yuyun Ismawati, researchers heavy metals from Balifokus Foundation. Since 2013, the Minamata Convention has been signed by 128

countries and ratified in 10 countries. Indonesia has signed but not yet ratified the.

NGO Forum urges the Government of Ratification Minamata Mercury

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