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Wed May 15, 2019, 04:58 AM

Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining and the way it is managed as a waste product.

This plastic binge threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement. It means that by 2050 plastic will be responsible for up to 13% of the total “carbon budget” – equivalent to 615 coal-fired power plants – says the research published on Thursday.

The contribution of plastic production and disposal to climate change has been largely hidden, say the authors of the report by the Center for International Environmental Law, which estimates the greenhouse gas footprint of plastic from the cradle to the grave for the first time.
In 2019 the lifecycle of global plastic production – from extraction to disposal – was equivalent to the impact on the climate of 189 500MW coal-fired power stations. By 2050, the report predicts, the global plastic footprint will be equivalent to 615 coal plants running at full capacity.


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lunasun May 2019 #1

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Wed May 15, 2019, 10:08 PM

1. This would be a start and give use to all the soy beans US citizens bought this year from farmers


Although I say start becaus I am no fan of standard soybean farming and wish a different solution to better Green packaging

We can rid by local laws just like plastic bags and styrofoam
True you see less styrofoam and bags now but these single use hard plastics are no good
The industries may not change on their own
that is why I mention local bans
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