UN: Countries set to overshoot goals on curbing chemicals pollution



The UN has called for urgent action to address the damaging impacts of chemicals on the environment, human health, and economies at a summit this week in Nairobi.

The $5tr dollar global industry is expected to double production by 2030 and countries not expected to meet internationally-agreed goals to minimise the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, UN Environment warned in its Global Chemicals Outlook yesterday.

Chemicals used in food and farming are harming wildlife around the world, it adds. Pesticides have been found to negatively impact pollinators, while excess use of phosphorus and nitrogen in agriculture continues to kill ocean life and chemicals used in sunscreen put pressure on coral reef ecosystems.

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