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As Plastic Treaty Delegates Head to Canada, A Plea From the Arctic

Indigenous people from Arctic communities are calling for environmental protection in the runup to this month’s round of negotiations aimed at securing a global treaty to end plastic pollution. U.N.…

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The U.N. Is Running Out of Time to Draft This Plastics Treaty

In March 2022, U.N. delegates met in Ottawa and struck a historic agreement to produce, by the end of 2024, a legally binding treaty to “end plastic pollution.” “Plastic pollution…

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Ending toxic threats to Alaska from plastics and petrochemicals

Within a single lifetime, Indigenous communities in the Arctic have seen the rates of illness skyrocket due to toxic pollution caused by the interlinking of chemicals, plastics and the climate…

World policymakers trudge tough road at fourth UN plastics meeting

The world is trying to figure out how to deal with the over 350 million metric tons of plastic waste we create every year. Scientists know that microplastics and chemicals…

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Human Rights, Health, and Lands of Arctic Peoples Endangered by Plastics, Petrochemicals and Climate Change

With the Arctic warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the world, Native voices speak out on threats to the Arctic posed by plastic and toxic chemicals. Report…

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INC-4 Press Luncheon and Briefing

Impacts on First Nations and Arctic Indigenous Peoples from Plastics, Petrochemicals, and Climate Change Join First Nations and Indigenous leaders along with IPEN, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Environmental Defence,…

A robust Plastics Treaty is needed to protect global health

by Dr. Tadesse Amara, IPEN Last year, 175 nations agreed to develop a legally binding agreement to tackle plastic pollution. One year from now, these countries will conclude negotiations for…

What Happened at the Plastics Treaty INC-3

This is a brief summary of the outcomes of the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The third session of the Intergovernmental…

Plastics prove tough target for circular treatment

Today’s enlightened consumers may shun plastic straws and avoid plastic bags — indeed, legislators give them no choice in many jurisdictions — but they are swimming against a mighty tide.…

Chemical recycling of plastic not so fantastic, report finds

How does one responsibly dispose of plastic? The answer to that simple question is frustratingly complex. Many plastic products are marked with seemingly helpful recycling symbols, leading consumers to believe…