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Will plastic pollution end the world? Experts say it’s possible

A team of 250 experts from around the world has named plastic pollution as one of the greatest threats to global health. Estimates suggest that eight million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the oceans every year. There is little doubt that the plastic revolution has changed the world –but as we are seeing now, change isn’t always for the better. The plastic so much of society has come to depend on is now strangling wildlife, slowly killing Earth’s oceans and silently destroying the planet.  In addition to the sheer volume of plastic waste — which is problematic in and of itself — there is the greater issue of what happens once the plastic enters the environment. Plastic doesn’t break down the way organic matter does. Some plastics can take up to 1,000 years to decompose — and during that lengthy decomposition time, plastic products can (and do) release toxic chemicals into the environment. This is bad news not just for the environment, but for all the living things in it — including humans.  Read more....

 

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