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Int'l Framework on Marine Plastic Waste Key G-20 Issue

Int'l Framework on Marine Plastic Waste Key G-20 Issue

   Tokyo, June 12 (Jiji Press)--Whether to agree on an international framework to reduce marine plastic waste will be the focal point of an upcoming Group of 20 ministerial meeting in Japan, informed sources said Wednesday.
   Measures against global warming, the use of hydrogen energy with zero carbon dioxide emissions and other technological innovations will also be discussed at the two-day meeting of the G-20 energy and environment ministers from Saturday in Karuizawa in the central prefecture of Nagano.
   The total amount of marine plastic waste released annually around the world is estimated at 4.78 million to 12.75 million tons, according to data from U.S university researchers and other sources.
   Of the total, 2 pct is from the Group of Seven major industrial countries, nearly 30 pct from China and around 10 pct from Indonesia.
   The Japanese government believes it necessary to get developing nations committed to reducing marine plastic waste in order to draw up viable measures.

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