Science and Action: International Mercury Treaty Negotiations

Ten MIT students had an experience of a lifetime as they joined officials from around the world for the fifth and final meeting to finalize the new Minamata Convention on mercury in Geneva, Switzerland.  They were joined by their instructor, Noelle Selin, an assistant professor of engineering systems and atmospheric chemistry.  The students blogged about their experiences at http://mit.edu/mercurypolicy.The panelists will share their experiences of seeing international environmental policy-making in action and their thoughts on the final agreement, which is the first major global environmental treaty in over a decade.This trip was an ESD class (ESD.S50) during IAP supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center and included students from ESD, EAPS, WHOI, TPP, Aero/Astro and DUSP. *Free Swiss chocolates for attendees

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