Report warns: Plastic pollution threat is a global emergency equivalent to climate change


A new report warns that the global threat from plastic pollution is a global emergency equaling climate change and biodiversity loss

The Environmental Impact Department says that plastic pollution directly undermines our health, leads to biodiversity loss, exacerbates climate change, and risks large-scale harmful environmental changes.

Plastic is found in the deepest parts of the ocean, in the highest mountaintops, in human organs and on remote and uninhabited islands.

The agency said multilateral agreements dedicated to tackling biodiversity loss and climate change have been in place for nearly 30 years, yet there is currently no equivalent to tackling plastic pollution, which is one of the most pervasive and destructive environmental pollutants in existence.

“There’s a killer ticking clock that counts down fast,” said Tom Gamaj, ocean affairs activist at EIA, a non-governmental organization with offices in London and Washington, DC.

And plastic emissions in the oceans alone are set to triple by 2040, in line with rising plastic production.

The visible nature of plastic pollution has generated great public concern, but the vast majority of the effects of plastic pollution are invisible.

The new report, Plastic Pollution and the Planetary Emergency, brings together recent scientific data on the impact of plastic on climate, biodiversity, human health and the environment.


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