More than 200 nations vow to stop ocean plastic waste

NAIROBI: More than 200 countries signed a UN resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates hoped would pave the way to a legally binding treaty. If current pollution rates continue, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, said the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which organised the meeting. Eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, UNEP said. China is the biggest producer of plastic waste but has started making efforts to cut down, UNEP head Erik Solheim said. “If there is one nation changing at the moment more than anyone else, it’s China.” — Reuters