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Nations agree significant plastic cuts

Nations on Friday committed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade, in a series of voluntary pledges that green groups warned fell short of tackling Earth s pollution crisis. After marathon talks in Nairobi, countries appeared to have reached a deal over throwaway plastic items such as bags, cups and cutlery to reduce the more than eight million tonnes of plastics entering oceans each year. The final ministerial statement -- issued on a day of youth protests against climate change -- made only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it. It said countries would address the damage to our ecosystems caused by the unsustainable use and disposal of plastic products, including by significantly reducing single-use plastic products by 2030. Sources close to the talks told AFP that several rich nations, led by the United States, were influential in watering down the pledge. An initial ministerial statement at the beginning


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