Plastic on tree branches, Tiber river banks, Rome, Italy.
PLASTIC IS CONNECTED TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND IT POLLUTES AT EVERY STAGE: FROM MATERIALS EXTRACTION TO PRODUCT PRODUCTION TO WASTE DISPOSAL. Given the global scale of plastic pollution, the cost of removing plastics from the environment would be prohibitive. Most solutions to the problem of plastic pollution, therefore, focus on preventing improper disposal or even on limiting the use of certain plastic items in the first place. Plastic waste remains in the environment for hundreds of years. Scientists writing in the journal PLOS One said that plastics emit the greenhouse gases methane and ethylene when they are exposed to sunlight and degrade.
The researchers carried out tests on such common plastic products as water bottles, shopping bags and food containers.
Plastic represents a source of climate-relevant trace gases that is expected to increase as more plastic is produced and accumulated in the environment, Methane gas, both man-made and naturally occurring, is said to be a major cause of climate change.
The manufacturing and use of plastics have come under scrutiny in recent years after environmentalists discovered a massive island of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea life and the food supply. Solid waste minimisation should become an important goal.
Photographs by @paolopatrizi for @everydayclimatechange
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