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UN Environmental Effects Assessment Panel Update Assessment 2023

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January 24, 2024

Solar ultraviolet radiation is a contributing factor in the environmental fate of toxic chemicals and other contaminants, with consequences that may be either beneficial or detrimental for the health of humans and the environment. This Assessment Update (2023) by the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) focusses on the role and significance of UV radiation and associated drivers on the breakdown of plastic waste in the environment. Plastic is a ubiquitous pollutant. UV radiation and mechanical stress drive the degradation and fragmentation of larger plastic waste into smaller micro- and nanoplastics. The Assessment Update considers the interactive effects of UV radiation and climate change on plastic durability, weathering, longevity, and ultimately the fate of plastic debris.

Marcel AK Jansen
Anthony L Andrady
Janet F Bornman
Pieter J Aucamp
Alkiviadis F Bais
Anastazia T Banaszak
Paul W. Barnes
Germar H Bernhard
Laura S. Bruckman
Rosa Busquets
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
Laura E Revell
Sharon A Robinson
T Matthew Robson
Kevin C Rose
Keith R Solomon
Mads P Sulbaek Andersen
Barbara Sulzberger
Qing-Wei Wang
Sten-Åke Wängberg
Christopher C White
Antony R Young
Richard G Zepp
Liping Zhu
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ISBN: 978-9914-733-82-2
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Plastics in the environment in the context of UV radiation, climate change and the Montreal Protocol. 2023 Assessment Update of the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel, UNEP: Nairobi, 2023