At the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on mercury (COP2), held from 19 to 23 November 2018 at the International Conference Center in Geneva, Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat the representative of the Jožef Stefan Institute and Prof. dr. Nicola Pirrone from CNR-IIA presented the MercOx project and its objectives in the context of the global mercury observing system and GEO. Ultimate need for traceable calibration for comparability of atmospheric measuremnts aws recognized. Moreover, prof. dr. Milena Horvat reported on the results of a global survey on direct discharges from anthropogenic sources into aquatic environments, which amount to about 600 tons per year, representing 20% of the total anthropogenic input into the environment. The results are part of the Global Mercury Assessment 2018 report, which emits every 6 years and represents the main research findings on a global scale. In addition to discharges into aquatic environments, the Department of Environmental Sciences contributed significantly to the report on the exposure of the population to this dangerous toxic metal on a global scale.
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