Denmark crows over mercury cuts
Denmark's annual consumption of mercury has fallen 70% over the past ten years, to 1.6 tonnes in 2001, according to a report from the environmental protection agency (EPA). "Denmark is one of the only countries in the world with a general ban on mercury, and now we can see that it has paid off", commented environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt. Mr Schmidt said he would use the report to promote the creation of an international convention on the toxic heavy metal (EED 10/02/03). See report.