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Adapted from USGS, Mercury Statistics and information, “Mineral Commodity Summaries”. Designed by Zoï Environment Network / GRID-Arendal, December 2012.
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Global annual mercury mining production
Global annual mercury production was at its peak in 1971 and has since significantly decreased. In 2005, UNEP estimated global annual mercury demand at be- tween 3,000 and 3,900 tonnes (UNEP, 2006). Demand has fallen significantly in the last 50 years, from 9,000 tonnes a year in the 1960s to 7,000 in the 1980s and 4,000 a decade later (UNEP, 2006). A growing understanding of the risks posed by the toxicity of mercury, the increasing availability of substitutes and international action mean that many uses of mercury are now disappearing.