A new study from the University of Hawaii led by Sarah-Jeanne Royer, suggests that the majority of the plastic that ends up in our nature not only harm our environment by destroying our nature and animal life, but also release powerful gases (methane and ethylene – the most problematic greenhouse gases) as they break down, contributing to climate change.
The study pays extra concern to the plastic type low-density polyethylene (LDPE) as it is the type of plastic that releases the highest rate of greenhouse gases. The reason is that LDPE has a weaker and less dense chemical structure than most plastics and therefore breaks down more easily. The rate of gases plastics release is a result of its area surface, and when it breaks down quickly the surface area increase. LDPE is most commonly found in single-use plastics, which e.g. make up an average 49% of beach litter.
WE PRODUCE MORE THAN
of plastic every year
end up in the oceans
Over time, plastics give off more and more gases where sunlight and heat are the primary accelerators for the gas releases. We are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, where 8 million end up in the oceans. So imagine as the climate changes, our planet gets hotter which results in plastic releasing even more gases increasing the rate of climate change even more. Then it starts over again…
Methane & Ethylene
The study suggests that plastic exposed directly to sunlight in the air (e.g. on beaches, coastlines, fields etc.) releases a great amount of gases contributing to climate change.
We need to collect the plastic littering our nature asap!
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