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Plastic is produced in huge quantities every year around the world, yet many scientists have started to see the dangers that it can present when it comes to the environment. The issue is that products made of plastic are often used just once, and then they are thrown away.
The movie Albatross shows the heart-wrenching reality of the effects of ocean plastic, in even the most remote parts of the world. Plastic has been found in 9 out of 10 birds, indicating that there is no longer an area of the planet where this debris isn’t wreaking havoc.
An updated analysis suggests the cost of extracting a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere now ranges between US$94 and $232. 2011 analysis put the cost at $600 per tonne.
Swedish furniture chain Ikea is to phase out single-use plastic products within two years. It announced that it was acting to promote a more sustainable life for consumers amid growing concerns about the effects of plastic on the environment.
The Kinder Morgan aka Trans-Mountain pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast is controversial due to resistance from environmentalists and indigenous groups.