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Climate Facts: Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean

Climate Facts: Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean
August 04
12:58 2022

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

Here are some to keep at the tip of your fingers:

  • According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute, threatening biodiversity and damaging marine ecosystems.

 

  • As heatwaves blanket some parts of the world, several Japanese cities that broke heat records dating as far back as 1875 have issued heat alerts, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

 

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  • Greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics are expected to reach 6.5 gigatons by 2050, the United Nations says.

 

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