The world can cut plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, the UN says. Here’s how

May 19, 2023

According to a recent report from the United Nations Environment Programme, plastic pollution could be reduced by 80% in under two decades.

Plastic pollution is a pervasive problem impacting regions across the globe, from the Arctic to our oceans and even the air we breathe.

The consequences of this issue extend to ecosystems as well. A remote Brazilian island was discovered to have rocks composed of plastic, while in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean, there is such an abundance of plastic that coastal communities of organisms are thriving on it, thousands of miles away from their natural habitat.

In recent years, the production of plastic, particularly single-use plastic, has experienced a significant surge, outpacing the development of effective waste management systems. In 2021 alone, the world generated a staggering 139 million metric tons of single-use plastic waste.

Unless decisive measures are taken, global plastic production is projected to triple by 2060.

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Author: Laura Paddison, CNN
Title: The world can cut plastic pollution by 80% by 2040, the UN says. Here’s how.
Published: 16 May 2023

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