(UK) Another reason why plastic is bad for the environment – it heats the atmosphere

Tom Bawden | i News | 01/08/2018

Scientists have discovered another environmental hazard posed by plastic – greenhouse gases.

Researchers from Hawai have found that plastics release potent planet warming gases such as methane and ethylene when they are exposed to sunlight.

The findings are of considerable concern after the Met Office warned this week that our summers are getting wetter and warmer – in keeping with the predicted effects of climate change.

Furthermore, a report on Tuesday warned that heatwave deaths in the UK were set to quadruple by 2080 if nothing is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions.