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Britain To Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws In Bid To Fight Waste

Britain planning to ban the sale of Plastic products

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Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA
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Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

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A woman drinks from a paper cup through a plastic straw on Westminster

Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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Snapchat Down: Messaging Service not Working for Users Across Britain

Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added

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The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported.

“We’re aware many Snapchatters are experiencing crashing on the app. We’re looking into it and working on a fix!” Snapchat Support said in a tweet.

According to a report in The Independent late on Wednesday, the app is down across Britain.

The app started crashing one day after Snapchat announced that it was rolling out a new “lens explorer” to allow users to browse through thousands of lenses created by the app in recent months, the report said.

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Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report. Pixabay

The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices.

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Many users took to social media and expressed the issues they were facing with the app.

Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added. (IANS)

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