Far from a distraction: Plastic pollution and the planetary emergency

Jennifer L. Lavers, Alexander L. Bond, Charles Rolsky

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Abstract

Pollution of the environment with plastics has garnered significant public attention, but the topic has also been the focus of controversy, including assertions that resources are better spent on other topics, such as global warming. Here, we argue that plastic pollution and climate change are fundamentally linked, from the extraction of fossil fuels to the production of plastics, and eventual disposal. We demonstrate how plastics research and funding currently lag significantly behind that of climate change and conclude by advocating for a more integrated approach to addressing pressing conservation issues in the time of a planetary emergency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109655
JournalBiological Conservation
Volume272
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Climate change
  • Cumulative impacts
  • Greenhouse gasses
  • Planetary boundary threat

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