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UN Laments Widespread Failures to Protect Environment

Jan. 31, 2019, 11:00 AM

Failure to implement and enforce environmental laws is one of the greatest impediments to mitigating climate change, reducing pollution, and preventing loss of habitat and species, the United Nations Environment Program said.

It can also interfere with economic growth as natural resources are exploited in an unsustainable manner, driven in part by organized crime engaged in illegal trade practices.

Since 1972, countries have enacted more than 1,100 environmental agreements and developed many other national and regional legal frameworks.

As of 2017, 176 countries out of the U.N.'s 193 member states had environmental laws and regulations while...

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