There will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, warned the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in a report published Tuesday. The report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics, was produced by the foundation and the World Economic Forum with analytical support from McKinsey & Company.
It seems that this would be one of the first things to change, if we were serious about cutting pollution…
The problem isn’t necessarily with the ships’ 109,000-horsepower engines that endlessly spin away 24 hours a day, 280 days a year. In fact, these powerplants are some of the most fuel efficient units in the world. The real issue lies with the heavy fuel oil the ships run on and the almost complete lack of regulations applied to the giant exhaust stacks of these container ships.
Colorado State University chemist Eugene Chen has produced a plastic that is fully biodegradable and completely recyclable. It is also far cheaper than every other biodegradable plastic out today.
From Charles Ferguson Director, Wall Street documentary ‘Inside Job’; Author, ‘Predator Nation’
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