United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

"The spread of 180,000 tons of plastic materials. rings alarm bells", he noted.

"The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable, with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution", said UNEP head Erik Solheim.

"While we don't have figures for their use here, what we do know is that plastic straws are nearly impossible to recycle because they of their size and lightness".

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2018 World Environmental Day celebration with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" featured lectures drama presentation and tree planting.

The world event, adopted in 1974 by the United Nation, is marked on June 5 every year, and enables the world to focus on the need to protect the environment from degradatio0n.

Consultant with the IISc, Mr Mahesh Kashyap strongly recommends that e-commerce companies should stop excessive use of plastic for packaging.

For decades, official and popular efforts in Sudan have failed to find means to keep the environmental balance, curb up desert encroachment and lessen impact of drought waves.

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Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar launches the green practice of "Plastic Bottle Free Ministry". Every year the world uses up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags.

However, Greenpeace warns that global corporations that have signed the "Beat Plastic Pollution" declaration today - including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestlé - are some of the top contributors to single-use plastic pollution worldwide and here in New Zealand.

To mark World Environment Day the Minister has announced the upcoming launch of the #THUMAMINA/green/good/deeds; for a clean and handsome South Africa campaign, in response to the Presidential THUMA-MINA Initiative. I urge everyone to ban single-use plastic bags.

He led the sensitisation walk to Jabi Lake, where they cleaned up the plastics in the Lake, saying no effort would be too great in the resolve to improve a lot of the people. Common environmental issues include air and water pollution, loss of biodiversity and climate change.

"An average 13 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the water system around the world annually, resulting in pollution from drainages, rivers and seas and causing floods".

"Marine litter, especially micro-plastic, is a major trans-boundary problem". He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while traveling in the country he'd seen "some of the most lovely scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution".

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