Canada has joined a global coalition of countries pushing for a proposed international treaty to tackle the world's plastic pollution crisis. Led by Norway and Rwanda, the group of 20 countries will push for rules to reduce plastic production and eliminate plastic pollution by 2040.
In the year since new rules to slow global exports of plastic waste took effect, Canada's shipments rose by more than 13 per cent, and most of it is going to the United States with no knowledge of where it ultimately ends up.
The U.N. Environment Assembly, meeting Feb. 28 to March 2 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, is expected to propose an international framework to address the growing problem of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, rivers and landscape.
A toxic chemical commonly used in plastic products and sunscreen could soon be banned under international law following a landmark UN decision that lays the groundwork for stricter rules on microplastic and other plastic pollution.
Plastic pollution at sea is reaching worrying levels and will continue to grow even if significant action is taken now to stop such waste from reaching the world's oceans, according to a review of hundreds of academic studies.