Rio+20 (plastics edition): The Problematic Plastic Island States

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In light of the 193 UN member states represented at Rio+20, I believe we should incorporate a new nation of island states, the plastic islands. While attending the Rio+20 conference, in Riocentro, the UN conference arena, I interviewed people involved in the recycling and cleaning process of the event.

From the approximate seventy cubic meters of recycling captured each day at the conference, which lasted for fourteen days, about twenty percent . . .

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