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        1/19/2013, Shevat 8, 5773

      140 Countries Agree to Curb Mercury Pollution

      Delegates from more than 140 countries agreed at UN talks in Geneva to the first legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution. 

      The executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, said, "To agree on global targets is not easy to do…" according to the Guardian. 

      Fernando Lugris, the Uruguayan diplomat who chaired the negotiations, said, "We have closed a chapter on a journey that has taken four years of often intense, but ultimately successful negotiations and opened a new chapter towards a sustainable future."