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Used protective masks pose a threat to the environment. This is stated in the report of the UN Conference on trade and development.
Experts have noticed that the world’s oceans and coasts suffer from discarded human remedies. Another threatening factor was the growth of online shopping because of social distancing — the goods imported by courier services, wrap in plastic, and packaging is often discarded without processing. For example, in Singapore eight weeks of quarantine 5.7 million residents in addition to the usual indicators threw 1470 tons of plastic waste from the unloading packing and delivery of food.
However, environmentalists saw in the pandemic and a positive aspect. So, because of the shutdown of a number of industries with greenhouse emissions reduced by five percent.
Earlier researchers said that the spread of the infection led to a sharp increase in the consumption of disposable plastic, which undermines the task of saving the environment. They estimate that by 2040 the amount of plastic that enters the oceans of the world, can triple.
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