Chantelle Yohane |  2 years ago | local
The meteorological services department says it targets to replace mercury-based weather monitoring equipment with automated equipment by the year 2025 in line with the Minamata convention detects. Weather forecaster; James Ngoma said this further commending government assistance towards attainment of the target. Meanwhile, EMA Manicaland Planning and Monitoring Officer, Ernest Marange applauded this shift saying mercury is a highly poisonous substance with adverse effects on the environment adding that all sectors still using the substance mainly mining should consider resorting to alternatives. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is the most recent global agreement on environment and health, adopted in 2013, named after the bay in Japan where, in the mid-20th century, mercury-tainted industrial wastewater poisoned thousands of people, leading to severe health damage that became known as the "Minamata disease."