Plastic Pollution is Causing a Rise in Temperature

Climate change: obsession with plastic pollution distracts attention from  bigger environmental challenges

In a recent post by Energy Live News, they talk about how plastic pollution is causing a rise in temperature. The article states:

“plastic’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout its lifecycle, the fact that extreme weather events such as floods carry and disperse plastic waste and the detrimental effect both climate change and plastic pollution have on the lives of marine animals.”

Energy Live News

By not taking care of this problem, the islands of plastic in the ocean will only grow more and more and will become a bigger problem for the future. If floods or hurricanes become big enough, they could wash up tons of plastic onto shore and add onto the clean up.

The rise in temperature has caused for the melting of sea ice. Sea ice hold microplastics, so as the ice melts, it releases those microplastics back into the ocean. The plastic is then consumed by living organisms and causes them to die.

A Senior Technical Specialist at ZSL, named Professor Heather Koldeway, has commented that,

“Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most critical global threats of our time. Plastic pollution is also having a global impact – from the top of Mount Everest to the deepest parts of our ocean.”

Plastic pollution is an issue that we cannot let slip past us. As everyday passes, more plastic is being created and thrown away into our environment. We need to help fix this by recycling and picking up what our ancestors left behind. This issue cannot be held up any longer, so please, help make this change.

Published by Colin Cuff

Hi I'm Colin Cuff. I'm a Junior at La Canada High School. I'm focused on cleaning up our oceans and making the Earth a more livable place for future generations.

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