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Break up with plastic this V-Day: UN environment chief

As the world prepares to mark Valentine’s Day, the UN Environment Programme head has urged people around the world to make a bold move and ‘break up’ with plastic. “This Valentine’s Day we are urging people to break up with throwaway bottles ... read more

Hong Kong’s offshore plastic pollution worse than expected – Volvo Ocean Race crews spot waste far from land

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Last July, the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against ... that the United States had not apologized for its colonial atrocities. “I will break up with America,” he said, and promised to expel U.S. troops. But the U.S. remains ... read more

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Break up with plastic this V-Day: UN Environment head

Nairobi, Feb 12 (IANS) As the world prepares to mark Valentine's Day, the UN Environment Programme head on Monday urged people around the world to make a bold move and "break up" with plastic. "This Valentine's Day we are urging people to break up with ... read more

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