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Plastic Chemicals are Inescapable — and They’re Messing with Our Hormones

Summary

In a comprehensive examination of the pervasive health risks associated with plastic chemicals, Grist reports on the urgent need for stricter regulations and global action. With over 16,000 chemicals involved in plastic production, including endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), concerns are mounting regarding their impacts on human health, particularly hormone systems. These chemicals, found in everyday plastic products, pose significant risks such as preterm births and reproductive issues. Despite growing awareness, regulatory responses remain inadequate, prompting calls for action at the upcoming U.N. global plastics treaty negotiations. Scientists advocate for comprehensive measures, including a global cap on plastic production, to mitigate exposure and safeguard public health against the insidious threats posed by plastic pollution.

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