Plastic bottles on the beach. The governments of 187 countries agreed to add plastic to the United Nations-supported Basel Convention, which regulates the transfer of certain materials between borders. The U.S. did not participate in the talks regarding plastic because it is one of just two countries that has not ratified the treaty.
(Photo by Bo Eide) Photo used under CC BY
Over 1.4 million people have fled their homes in Yemen and are now struggling to find food and water. Oxfam teams in Yemen are helping by providing tanks of clean drinking water to internally displaced people and through direct cash payments which allow families to buy food and basic supplies.
(Photo by Photo by Hind Aleryani / Oxfam) Photo used under CC BY
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