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Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030

United Nations, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, bringing about dire consequences for health, economy, biodiversity and the climate, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

The text titled ‘From Pollution to Solution: a global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution’, indicated that in 2015, greenhouse emissions from plastics were 1.7 gigatons of CO2 equivalent, by 2050, they´re projected to increase about 6.5 gigatons.

Experts noted that plastics are the largest, most damaging and most persistent fraction of marine litter, accounting for 85% of all marine litter.

On the other hand, this assessment provides the strongest scientific argument to date for the emergency to act, and for collective action to protect and restore our oceans, from source to sea.

It also provides a comprehensive update on current research regarding direct impacts on marine life, risks to human health, as well as social and economic costs.

Addressing solutions to the problem, the authors pour cold water on the chances of recycling our way out of the plastic pollution crisis.

To reduce waste, they suggest accelerating the transition to renewables, eliminating subsidies, and adopting circular approaches.


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