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Environmental plastics in the context of UV radiation, climate change, and the Montreal Protocol

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April 15, 2024

UV radiation, climate change, and plastic pollution are closely interlinked. Existing studies on the persistence of plastics do not fully consider these linkages, challenging global assessments of plastic dispersal, persistence, and weathering. Recently, an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee was tasked with developing an international binding agreement to end plastic pollution. In response, the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel assessed effects of UV radiation and interacting climate change factors on plastics, focusing on the durability of products as well as the production and dispersal of micro- and nano-plastic pollutants in the environment.

Marcel A. K. Jansen
Anthony L. Andrady
Paul W. Barnes
Rosa Busquets
Laura E. Revell
Janet F. Bornman
Pieter J. Aucamp
Alkiviadis F. Bais
Anastazia T. Banaszak
Germar H. Bernhard
Laura S. Bruckman
Donat-P. Häder
Mark L. Hanson
Anu M. Heikkilä
Samuel Hylander
Robyn M. Lucas
Roy Mackenzie
Sasha Madronich
Patrick J. Neale
Rachel E. Neale
Catherine M. Olsen
Rachele Ossola
Krishna K. Pandey
Irina Petropavlovskikh
Sharon A. Robinson
T. Matthew Robson
Kevin C. Rose
Keith R. Solomon
Mads P. Sulbæk Andersen
Barbara Sulzberger
Qing-Wei Wang
Sten-Åke Wängberg
Christopher C. White
Antony R. Young
Richard G. Zepp
Liping Zhu
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Jansen, M. A. K., Andrady, A. L., Barnes, P. W., Busquets, R., Revell, L. E., Bornman, J. F., Aucamp, P. J., Bais, A. F., Banaszak, A. T., Bernhard, G. H., Bruckman, L. S., Häder, D.-P., Hanson, M. L., Heikkilä, A. M., Hylander, S., Lucas, R. M., Mackenzie, R., Madronich, S., Neale, P. J., … Zhu, L. (2024). Environmental plastics in the context of UV radiation, climate change, and the Montreal Protocol. Global Change Biology, 30, e17279. CSS24-22