As the dangers of mercury and its compounds are becoming increasingly better understood, many scientific research studies have examined the environmental and health effects associated with mercury and its releases into the environment.
The results demonstrate that there is an urgent and continuing need to reduce anthropogenic sources of mercury to protect human health and the environment. Because mercury can be transported long distances before being deposited on the earth’s surface, it is important to make nationally (and internationally) consistent efforts to reduce releases.
In an effort to prevent further pollution, many countries and jurisdictions have implemented laws, regulations, policies, initiatives and agreements designed to lessen the threat of mercury. Proper disposal of mercury-containing products such as fluorescent lights may also contribute to the reduction of mercury pollution into the environment.