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This article was originally published on the Guardian


“Society benefits from hundreds of thousands of chemical products, but some have undesired effects. We also produce a lot of waste, much of it hazardous, and seem to think it will go away and vanish. Yet – despite being separated by half a century and half a planet – Rachel Carson, and the Beijing anti-smog police are united in clearly demonstrating that chemical products damage not just the environment and human health, but jobs and the economy.

Our planet – and its global commons – do not have the means to detoxify wastes unassisted, so all countries should be concerned about managing and disposing of chemicals and products. The international legal framework for addressing growing air, land and water pollution – and illegal dumping of hazardous wastes across borders – is partly established by three global United Nations conventions: the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Any planet-wide solution for managing chemicals, wastes and pollution implies implementing them effectively…”

Read on at: the Guardian.