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The Express Tribune

Published Date: Mar 24, 2013

Mercury levels: UoP, SDPI to study twin cities’ air

 

The
Peshawar University Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) University has
launched a project to measure mercury pollution in the air. The joint research
project, started in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Policy
Institute (SDPI) intends to measure mercury levels and raise public awareness
on the negative effects of the toxic chemical on the environment and human
health.

The
project also provides an opportunity for ICS students to use the latest
specialised equipment and collect data of geographical parameters such as
temperature, humidity and wind.

During
the study, monitoring teams will assess mercury levels in dental hospitals,
industries, labs and dental clinics across Peshawar city. Recently, similar
monitoring was carried out in Lahore, where very high concentration of mercury
content in the air was observed in dental hospitals and clinics.

After
Peshawar, the studies will be carried out in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The
results and findings of the surveys will later be shared and discussed with all
stakeholders including the government for necessary action.

Mercury
has a number of applied uses in dental technology as well as in industries,
where uses range from thermometers, electric bulbs and switches, to power
plants, coal-fired power stations, metal smelters, gold mining and the cement
industry.

However,
overexposure poses serious risks to the environment and human health. Recently,
140 countries signed an agreement in Geneva to reduce mercury use and control
its emissions by 2020.