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Tripoli, April 24, 2024 (LANA) - Canada’s talks regarding the first global treaty to reduce pollution resulting from plastic waste witnessed divisions and conflicts of opinion among the countries participating in it.

A report issued last week by the US Lawrence Berkeley Federal Laboratory indicated that plastic production causes about five percent of emissions, and the rate may rise to 20 percent by 2050 unless restrictions are imposed on its production.

These countries had agreed in 2022 to negotiate a legally binding treaty by the end of this year, and called for addressing the full cycle of plastic materials, which includes production, use, and then disposal in waste.

  However, as negotiations began in the Canadian capital, Ottawa, opposition appeared strong from petrochemical lobby groups and some governments that rely on fossil fuels to limit the production or ban some chemicals.