new report by the Centre for International Environmental Law, the Guardian reports. The report looked at the amount of greenhouse gases created in plastic production, as well as during its life cycle to when it is reused, recycled or dumped into the environment and found that the continued growth of plastic production threatens attempts to meet the Paris climate agreement and reduce greenhouse gases. Unless the production of plastics is reversed, by 2050 plastic production will be responsible for 13% of the world’s total ‘carbon budget’. “After the extraction of fossil fuels to produce plastic, the carbon footprint of a material which has become ubiquitous across the globe continues through the refining process, and on well past its useful life as a drinks bottle or plastic bag, through the way it is disposed of and the plastic afterlife,” the report says.
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