New Zealand will phase out more single-use plastics, announced its government on Sunday (December 8).
A report, Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand, was released by the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor Prof Juliet Gerrard on Sunday, which highlighted New Zealand's position in plastics use and gave recommendations for further changes.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the report. "Many New Zealanders, including many children, write to me about plastic -- concerned with its proliferation over the past decade and the mounting waste ending up in our oceans. I share this concern for our natural environment," said Ardern.
Ardern said the government is pledged to take further steps on plastic wastes. The measures include: shifting away from low-value and hard-to-recycle plastic, moving away from single-use packaging and beverage containers made of hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene, and stimulating innovation and development of solutions to the soft plastic problem.
The report also reaffirmed a national resource recovery work programme in response to many countries' bans on importing waste and recyclables.
"Our goal must be to make New Zealand an economy where plastic rarely becomes waste or pollution," said Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
Single-use plastic bags in shops have been banned in New Zealand since July this year.
Many countries and international organizations have provided materials and other kinds of support for China in combating and controlling the novel coronavirus epidemic.
The outbreak of the acute respiratory illness caused by a new strain of corona virus (nCoV) in China is spreading to many countries around the world, becoming a new challenge for the global economy. Accordingly, China’s economic growth has slowed down and heavy losses from service, aviation, tourism sectors are predicted to hinder the world economy this year.
Eight large transport aircraft dispatched by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force Sunday (February 2) landed at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, delivering 795 military medical staff and 58 tonnes of supplies to help the city fight against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
Cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) regarding maintaining international peace and security was debated at a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) that was held in New York on January 30 under the chair of Vietnam.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed developments in Libya in a phone call on January 15, the White House and Turkey's presidency said, days ahead of a summit in Berlin that will address the Libyan conflict.
Iran is now enriching more uranium than Tehran did before it agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (January 16) in a televised speech.