October 21, 2021
As COP26 leaders gather in Glasgow in two weeks to seek ways to take collective actions that can mitigate the effects of climate change, one important area for them to address is plastic waste pollution. While on the face of it ocean plastic may seem to be an environmental crisis wholly separate from climate change, new studies confirm it’s just the opposite: plastic pollution contributes to climate change. And now for the first time, thanks to a new research tool, we can measure exactly how much improving plastic waste management is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Here’s how.