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Global plastic platform

United Nations launches global plastic platform to encourage collaboration and innovative solutions to help realizing countries’ commitments on plastics

Waste wave

Large quantity of plastic marine debris washed ashore after storm in Dominican Republic

Debating environmental risks of microplastics

Scientists debate the urgency of research and actions on microplastics in the environment, present models to estimate accumulation of plastic debris and contaminants, assess risk of microplastics in the ocean

Congress on environmental economics

6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists takes place on June 25-29, 2018, in Gothenburg, Sweden

Environmental risk assessment across fields

Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) hold joint symposium on environmental risk assessment, see ‘urgent need for harmonization of environmental risk assessment in different scientific fields’

Conference on monitoring food and environment

40th International Conference on Environmental & Food Monitoring will cover a broad range of topics on chemical safety of food, June 19-22, 2018 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Assessing risks of hydrophobic chemicals

Scientists argue that water-focused assessment schemes may misjudge risks of hydrophobic chemicals; sediments, particles, exposure through diet additionally play an important role; contribution of microplastics and nanoplastics uncertain but likely low

Plastics additives and recycling

Scientists review chemical additives in plastics, addressing migration and environmental impact during their use, disposal, and recycling; emission of toxics and contamination of recycled products should be avoided to ensure health and environmental protection

Opinion: Too many plastic bottles

One million plastic bottles are bought every minute and consumption projected to increase 20% by 2021, resulting in environmental crisis; NGO calls on drinks industry “to reduce its plastic footprint”

Focus on persistent and mobile chemicals

Scientists call for more research and regulation regarding ‘mobile’ chemicals, as these pose high risk to aquatic environment and drinking water quality

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