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Degrading Plastics source of greenhouse gases

Marcie Grabowski, University of Hawaii 

Researchers at School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology discovered that several greenhouse gases are emitted as common plastics degrade. Among the plastic items having a negative impact on environment are: plastic shopping bags, food storage containers, textiles and construction materials. Plastic debris in oceans also found to emit greenhouse gases once exposed to sunlight, accelerating the rate of gas production. 





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