david attenborough tells mailonline we must elect leaders who \'reduce plastic wherever possible\' or risk destroying the planet: but who is doing the most?
In an exclusive letter, Attenborough said people should elect leaders who support \"measures to minimize plastic use.
The veteran broadcaster says people can take simple steps to solve problems in their daily lives, such as rejecting plastic bags and drinking water from glass bottles.
Attenborough wrote that people must \"adhere to the positions of national or local authority resulting from democratic elections and support measures to minimize the use of plastics \".
He also suggested that we should all \"reject plastic bags in stores where we can, use water in glass bottles instead of plastic bags, and stop using plastic bags where no plastic bags are needed \".
His letter came at a time when governments around the world were under pressure to deal with plastic waste and marine pollution --
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Now, in response, mail online has analyzed which countries put plastics first on the political agenda.
What has Video owho done?
With all these remarks about reducing plastics, it may be easy to forget that there are actually few countries that impose any regulation on plastics.
Dustin Benton, director of policy at the Green Alliance, told the Daily Mail that the EU and the UK have been saying good things about plastics, but so far it has been glowing words.
The European Union has not banned any plastic products, and Britain has introduced two policies.
The first thing the UK did was to introduce a 5 p plastic bag tax in October 2015, just a few years before the plastic pollution problem was highlighted in the news.
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In January, a small amount of plastic is prohibited in cosmetics and care products, including flushing-
Toiletries such as facial towels, toothpaste and body wash.
However, Benton said it would be a \"very big deal\" if the UK imposed a one-time plastic tax as promised \".
On November, British Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that he and Environment Secretary Michael Gove would look into a single
Waste can be reduced by using plastic.
However, there has been no confirmation since then.
Scotland has also announced that it will ban straws and plastic cotton sprouts, which have not yet taken effect.
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Under a broad strategy, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030.
At the end of the parade, Gove announced a deposit return plan for plastic beverage bottles, aluminum cans and glass bottles and started consulting later this year.
A small fee is expected for recyclable bottles and beverage containers.
This deposit will be returned when empty bottles or cans are returned to the new network of \"reverse vending machines.
Bottle deposit plans have been launched in 40 countries around the world, including Denmark, Iceland, Israel and 21 states in the United States.
Thanks to the plan, some areas in Norway now have 95 recycling levels.
Benton said that if the EU or the UK wants to be serious, they will propose a bottle return plan to the EU. What are non-
What are European countries doing?
Europe is leading the way on this issue, but other countries are also taking steps to stop plastic pollution --
Although the US government seems silent.
\'We can discount the leadership of Donald Trump, \'Mr. Benton said.
Last month, Taiwan announced plans to ban single people from entering the country.
Use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags before 2030.
Seychelles banned some common junk items, and other countries such as Bangladesh, Rwanda and France also banned plastic bags.
In Kenya, people are likely to be sentenced to four years in prison and fined up to $40,000 (£28,400)
Use plastic bags.
It is understood that marine plastic pollution will be a top priority on the agenda of the Commonwealth government summit in London in about a month.
Is the trend changing?
The latest research shows that although there is an increase in awareness of the problem, the speed of plastic entering the environment will not slow down very quickly.
Research earlier this month showed that flooding caused microplastics to enter our oceans faster than expected.
According to a detailed study conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester, most of the rivers inspected have about 517,000 plastic particles per square meter.
After a period of flooding, the researchers re-
Sampling on all websites.
They found that most of these levels of pollution had declined, and the floods had cleared about 70 of the microplastics stored on the river bed.
This shows that flood events can transfer a large number of micro-plastics from urban rivers to the ocean.
As a result of this study, the researchers now believe that, as previously estimated, there are likely to be more than 5 trillion plastic particles in the ocean.
Just a few days ago, an important report showed that without action to curb the problem, the amount of plastic in the ocean would double in ten years, action is more urgent than ever.
Scientists behind the report warn that the ocean is in danger of \"invisible, invisible\" and that understanding of the surface of Mars and the moon is more than understanding of the deep sea bed.