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the volume could increase more than 60% by 2050, warns the UN – Diario Río Negro

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the volume could increase more than 60% by 2050, warns the UN – Diario Río Negro

The volume of waste in the world, which in 2023 stood at around 2.3 billion tons, could increase by more than 60% by 2050 if “urgent measures” are not taken, while up to a million people die each year. due to poor waste management, the UN warned today.

In the report “Transforming waste into resources”, prepared by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), it was reported that if the current pace is maintained, current waste is expected to reach 3.8 billion tons by mid-2010. this century, exceeding the forecasts of a previous World Bank report.

«Humanity has even gone backwards, generating more waste. “There are billions of people who do not have a system for collecting their waste,” the report stated, according to the AFP news agency.

The crisis will be especially acute in countries that use polluting methods to treat waste, such as landfills or open incineration, which result in soil contamination and the emission of greenhouse gases, such as methane, or polluting gases, like carbon.

“Despite the efforts, little has changed,” the study warned and specified that in rich countries the essentials are collected but in low-income countries the collection rate is less than 40%. Currently between 400,000 and one million people die each year from diseases related to inadequate waste management, such as diarrhea, malaria, cancer or cardiovascular pathologies, highlighted the
UNEP.

Organic waste decomposing in landfills was estimated to be responsible for 20% of human emissions of methane, the most warming of all greenhouse gases. According to UNEP professionals, if no action is taken, the direct and indirect cost of waste in the world should almost double to reach $640 billion annually by 2050.

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In 2020, the direct cost of waste treatment was assessed at $252 billion. Given this scenario, the UN stated that there is “urgency” to initiate “a drastic reduction in waste” and invest in the circular economy. The report was published on the occasion of the sixth session of the Assembly of
Nations Environment Program to be held this week in Nairobi, Kenya.

Telam Agency.


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