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Feds invest over $2M in research on plastic pollution

The funding is provided through the Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution Initiative

November 16, 2020  by CM Staff

We are contributing close to $2.3M to 16 scientific research projects on the impacts of plastic pollution. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)

VANCOUVER, BC — The Government of Canada is providing $2,256,554 to 16 science-based research projects to learn more about the impacts of plastic pollution on our natural environment and our health. The funding is provided through the Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution Initiative.

“The Government of Canada is working hard to address plastic pollution and move toward a more circular economy, including by banning certain harmful single-use plastics,” Peter Schiefke, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Environment and Climate Change, in a prepared statement. “By collaborating with university researchers and not-for-profit organizations, we are bridging the information gaps on the effects of plastics on the health of Canadians and our environment, making progress toward zero plastic waste by 2030 and creating a cleaner future for our children and grandchildren.”

The Government of Canada recently published the final Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution, which looks at the presence of plastic pollution and its effects on the environment and human health.

This assessment confirms that plastic pollution is everywhere and negatively impacts the environment, but it also determined that there are gaps in knowledge.

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