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The plastic pandemic

The pandemic has brought with it a massive rise in plastic waste. We look at how the demand for hygiene along with plummeting oil prices boosted our use of single use plastics.

The pandemic has brought with it a massive rise in plastic waste. Tamasin Ford looks at how the demand for hygiene along with plummeting oil prices boosted our use of single use plastics. In some countries, it has increased by 50 percent. In other countries, the increase has been even six or seven fold. She speaks to Gary Stokes, the Founder of Oceans Asia in Hong Kong, a marine conservation organisation. And to Amy Slack, head of campaigns and policy at Surfers Against Sewage, an ocean conservation group in St Agnes in Cornwall in the South West of England. Plus Jacob Duer, the CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic waste, based in Singapore - an organisation supported by the private sector. And Elsie Mbugua, an energy trader and founder of Elcy Investments.

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Tue 23 Feb 2021 08:32GMT

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  • Tue 23 Feb 2021 08:32GMT

A year of Covid in Nairobi: Josephine's story

A year of Covid in Nairobi: Josephine's story

The diary of Josephine, a single mother of four in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya

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