UN:Nations agree on plastic cut come 2020

Nations has on Friday  on Friday agreed  "significantly reducing the  single-use of  plastics over the next ten years, in a  voluntary pledges which green groups had warned of not being enough to solve pollution crisis on earth.  

Image of an Embedment "Beat Plastic Pollution"
Image of an Embedment "Beat Plastic Pollution"

After a long  talks in Nairobi,Kenya countries have come to agree on a deal over throwing away plastic items such as bags, cups and cutlery to reduce the more than eight million tonnes of plastics entering oceans each year.

 The final ministerial statement -- issued on a day of youth protests against climate change -- made only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it. 

 It said countries would "address the damage to our ecosystems caused by the unsustainable use and disposal of plastic products, including by significantly reducing single-use plastic products by 2030."

 During the talks it was understood that  several rich nations, led by the United States, were influential in watering down the pledge.

 An initial ministerial statement at the beginning of the UN environment assembly this week had proposed a commitment to "phase out single-use plastics... by 2025" -- a far stronger promise than the compromise nations appear to have reached.

 "It's hard to find one solution for all member states," said Siim Kiisler, UN assembly president, told journalists before the final decision. "The environment is at a turning point.

 We don't need verbose documents, we need concrete commitments." 

 The world currently produces more than 300 million tonnes of plastics annually, and there are at least five trillion plastic pieces floating in our oceans, scientists have estimated. 

 Kiisler refused to answer When asked specifically whether the US had played a spoiler role during the week's negotiations.

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