Germany to ban the use of plastic bags, says environment minister

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

Brazil's president dismissed the move.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro responded to Schulze's announcement by saying his country didn't need Germany's money.

Germany will enforce a ban on plastic shopping bags, according to the country's environment minister.

Germany's top aid official says he has no plans to stop financing projects meant to protect the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, despite another German government ministry's decision to put other funds on hold.

Brazil is home to 60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest which is being cleared at an increasing rate to create more cropland.

Bolsonaro, known for his ties to agribusiness, doesn't intend to designate any further conservation areas in the forest. Destruction in June increased 88% and in July 278% - compared to June and July 2018 - according to data from Inpe (National Institute for Space Research) Deter (Detecting Real Deforestation).

Norway has also threatened to freeze funds for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

The European Union will outlaw certain single-use plastic products such as straws, forks and knives from 2021, but has allowed transition times for others.

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