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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.
[BBC]


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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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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