As if plastic pollution in the ocean wasn’t bad enough, now researchers have revealed that as plastics degrade in the light (photo-degradation), they emit greenhouse gases.
Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa published an article in PLOS One recently were they tested how gases were released as different forms of plastics degraded in saltwater.
Surface area increased as the plastics were degraded increasing the amount of gasses that were introduced to the atmosphere.
Plastics were created 70 years ago and researchers predict that production will double over the next 2 decades. We need to engage with plastic manufacturers to decrease the amount of plastics that are used in current products.
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