US Elections and Waste Entry through Harbors in Developing Nations (DTE 16 to 30 November 2020)

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US Elections

  • Rejoining of Paris Agreement
  • Mask & Lockdowns for Corona

According to Copenhagen accord, US agreed to be 17 % below 2005 levels by the end of 2020, and as per the Paris Agreement, 26 - 28 % below 2005 levels by 2025.

  • Biden had said that he had plans for a $ 1.7 trillion investment in a green recovery, which would reduce US emissions by about 75 gigatonnes over the next 30 years and
  • committed to giving 40 % of climate investments to disadvantaged communities
  • But Trump has relaxed 150 climate related regulations in last 4 years
  • US is also currently the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases. In fact, net US GHG emissions in 2019 were higher than at the end of 2016.

Waste Entry through Harbors in Developing Nations

  • Countries need strong regulations to implement the Basel Convention
  • This should include higher fines, along with single-window information system.
  • The containers were brought into the island nation through 2017 and 2018 under the National Environmental Act 1980. This was done to circumvent the Basel Convention, which calls for clearances from the governments of both the exporting and importing countries.
  • Wealthy western nations ship their waste to developing countries since it is cheaper, helps to meet their recycling targets and reduces domestic landfill needs.
  • The Sri Lankan Ministry of Environment has demanded over US $ 9 million in damages.

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