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“Fine Words” on Climate Aren’t Enough: UN Environment Chief Inger Andersen | GZERO World

“Fine words” on climate aren’t enough: UN Environment Chief Inger Andersen

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program. Will the UN Climate Conference (COP26) produce lasting change or just more hot air? The world's top 20 economies, Andersen says, are responsible for over three-quarters of global carbon emissions, so if they "make the requisite shifts, frankly we are out of the climate crisis."

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Single-Use Plastics Are the New Ozone Layer, Says UN Environment Chief | GZERO World

Single-use plastics are the new ozone layer, says UN environment chief

If you get caught with a plastic bag in Nairobi these days, you're on the hook for $1,000. That's because Kenya has signed up to a "circular economy" that bans single-use plastics, so there's no choice but to recycle. UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen says more nations are finally responding to growing public awareness about plastic pollution, which she thinks could drive policy change like the hole in the ozone layer did decades ago.

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What's the "Circular" Economy? | GZERO Media

What's the "circular" economy?

Wouldn't the world be a better place — and a more efficient economy — if most raw materials, especially plastics, could be recycled over and over again? That's the whole principle behind what Circulate Capital CEO Rob Kaplan calls the "circular" economy of the future, which will upend global supply chains by doing away with much of their waste. Kaplan spoke during the second of a two-part Sustainability Leaders Summit livestream conversation sponsored by Suntory.

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