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Talks open on plastics treaty to defuse environmental 'time bomb'

About 69% of all the plastics produced, mainly through fossil fuel burning, are used just once or twice before they are thrown away. About 22% is mismanaged. Just 9% is recycled.

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French President Emmanuel Macron warned that global plastic pollution is an environmental "time bomb" as he encouraged negotiators from 169 nations to craft an international treaty for ending plastic waste.

The U.N. Environment Program's Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, which is developing the treaty, began meeting on Monday at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris for the second of five weeklong sessions.

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