Links Between Plastic in the Natural Environment and Climate Change Explored

The abstract of an article published in the February 2022 issue of Science of The Total Environment by researchers with UK and USA researchers report that “… Primarily, we explore how plastic contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions … Secondly, we show that more extreme weather and floods associated with climate change, will exacerbate the spread of plastic in the natural environment … we show that ecosystems and species can be particularly vulnerable to both, such as coral reefs that face disease spread through plastic pollution and climate-driven increased global bleaching events … we suggest that rather than debate over the relative importance of climate change or marine plastic pollution, a more productive course would be to determine the linking factors between the two and identify solutions to combat both crisesThe root cause of both crises is the same, the overconsumption of finite resources …” #PlasticWaste #ClimateChange

Published by Jack Cooper

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