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The Nation

Published Date: Mar 23, 2013

Project launched to measure mercury pollution in air

Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS) Peshawar University has launched a project
to measure mercury pollution in the air.

joint research project started in collaboration with the Islamabad-based
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) intend to measure mercury
pollution and raise public awareness on negative effects of toxic mercury on
environment and human health.

project also provide an opportunity for students of ICS to use latest
specialised equipment such as Lumex Mercury Analyzer along with other
instruments and collect data of geographical parameters such as temperature,
humidity, wind direction/speed as well as coordinates of the location.

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 air was observed within dental hospitals and clinics.

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

is a hazardous substance, which is in use since long and poses serious risks to
environment and human health. Recently, 140 countries signed an agreement in
Geneva to reduce mercury use and control its emission and releases by end of

metal and its compounds are widely used in dental technology as well as in
industries contributing in its release in air.

sources are quite diverse, ranging from thermometers, electric bulbs and
switches to power plants, coal fired power stations, metal smelters, gold
mining and cement industry.