Japan to Urge Better G-20 Data on Marine Plastic Waste

Politics

Tokyo, June 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to make a proposal at an upcoming ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies to step up efforts to assess the realities of marine plastic waste, officials said Friday.

Specifically, Japan will urge participants of the G-20 meeting of energy and environment ministers, which it is scheduled to host in the town of Karuizawa in the central prefecture of Nagano on June 15-16, to calculate the amounts of such waste that they produce, according to the officials.

The move comes at a time when marine plastic waste estimates by U.S. university researchers are the only available data but are not detailed enough for tackling the environmental issue.

According to figures from such researchers, the estimated total amount of marine plastic waste produced across the world annually ranges from 4.78 million to 12.75 million tons.

By country, China tops the list of polluters, with its estimated marine plastic waste totaling from 1.32 million to 3.53 million tons, followed by Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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