Climate Change

Plastic & climate: the hidden costs of a plastic planet

rban India is now the world's third largest garbage generator. But the amount of waste generated is not as much of an issue as the fact that over 45 million tonnes (or 3 million trucks worth) of garbage is untreated and disposed of by municipal authorities each year in an unhygienic manner. - See more at: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/dte-infographics/clean_your_backyard-57790.html#sthash.0ZdUrs08.dpuf
rban India is now the world's third largest garbage generator. But the amount of waste generated is not as much of an issue as the fact that over 45 million tonnes (or 3 million trucks worth) of garbage is untreated and disposed of by municipal authorities each year in an unhygienic manner. - See more at: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/dte-infographics/clean_your_backyard-57790.html#sthash.0ZdUrs08.dpuf

Amidst growing concern about the impacts of plastic on the oceans, ecosystems, and human health, there’s another largely hidden dimension of the plastic crisis: plastic’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. This report examines each of these stages of the plastic lifecycle to identify the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, sources of uncounted emissions, and uncertainties that likely lead to underestimation of plastic’s climate impacts.

 

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