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  • March 18, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Microplastics are found in every environment throughout the globe, including the Arctic. Evidence is mounting that exposure to microplastics and associated chemicals are harmful to biota including humans. In response to this evidence, Canada initiated the Oceans Plastic Charters under the G7; the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) are also developing a national strategy on “zero plastic waste”. This project aims to characterize and benchmark levels of microplastics, tracking all associated chemicals in the Canadian Arctic. Characterizations that specifically determine microplastics sources are integral for developing effective mitigation strategies, while benchmarking levels are needed to gauge the effectiveness of these strategies. This essential information supports investigations into the impacts of microplastics on the Northern environment. Both the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) and the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) identify microplastics as an emerging Arctic Concern. AMAP’s recently released guidance document on the collection, processing and reporting of plastics in the Arctic environment ensures reliable assessment of spatial and temporal trends. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutant (SC-POPs) recently adopted the risk profile for UV-328 (plastic associated chemical), noting it is likely to undergo long-range environmental transport, which leads to adverse ecological effects.

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