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Climate Facts: Nigeria produces ‘highest’ plastic waste in Africa

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

Here are some to keep at the tip of your fingers:

  • According to the World Bank, Nigeria has the highest production of plastic waste in Africa, and the fastest growing e-waste problem in the sub-Saharan region.
  • Oceans absorb about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming, according to the United Nations.
  • According to the UN, the ocean has also absorbed more than 90 percent of the excess heat in the climate system.
  • Globally, up to five trillion single-use plastic bags are used every year, says the UN.
  • Around 80 percent of the volume of international trade in goods is carried by sea, and the percentage is even higher for most developing countries.

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