[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quinta-feira, 7 de dezembro de 2017

UN agrees on resolution to combat ‘planetary crisis’ of ocean plastics

A pilot whale carries the dead body of its calf. Wildlife experts believe that it was poisoned by the plastic content of its mother's milk.

The agreement acknowledged at a political level the threat posed by plastic pollution and gets the ball rolling on a number of measures, including the formation of an international task force that will advise countries how to combat pollution.

But the resolution is not legally binding and does not establish a clear timetable as countries led by the United States refused to support specific international goals or targets.

Before the resolution was formally adopted at a plenary session on Wednesday afternoon, UN ocean chief Lisa Svensson branded the problem of plastic contamination a “planetary crisis”.

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A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Ministers and other delegates met within the framework of UN Environment’s biennial summit in Nairobi, which this year was geared towards the dangers caused by pollution.

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