How Plastic Production is Contributing to Climate Change

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It’s bad enough that we are producing more plastic than can ever be recycled, now we learned that the plastic that ends up in our oceans is directly contributing to climate change by the production of methane and ethylene… Check out the latest student from PLOS ONE

Abstract

Mass production of plastics started nearly 70 years ago and the production rate is expected to double over the next two decades. While serving many applications because of their durability, stability and low cost, plastics have deleterious effects on the environment. Plastic is known to release a variety of chemicals during degradation…

 

Production of methane and ethylene from plastic in the environment

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