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Oil industry placing risky bet on plastics: report

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The problem is, if they continue, our oceans and our land will be so polluted that for sure we will have unprecedented global warming and climate change with extreme storms we are already experiencing. El Nino and the hurricanes and Typhoons are caused by "warming" of ocean waters that change the flow of air around us. All weather forecasters know and use that water temperatures above 27 degrees Centigrade to determine the strength of the storms and the flow and direction.

Water in oceans, lakes and rivers are 70% of Earth and unlike land they maintain heat longer and deeper. While the land freezes, we know water freezes, especially the oceans, only on the surface. That is why fish are alive.

But those oceans and the fish within are so full of plastic particles that not only they absorb more heat, they are now an extreme heath hazard. While we are told that the air pollution is the problem, much of the evaporated ocean and lake waters contain those plastic particles that also help to absorb heat.

So if we are to stop global warming and the pollution, get at the source. Stop making more and recycle while every effort is made to clean out the plastic pollution for our waters.

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The average person consumes a credit-card sized amount of plastic per day, mostly in the form of micro particles in water. Putting an end to the production (and poor disposal) of plastic is essential for the future of human life on this planet. But, somehow, I don't think we're up to it.

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But, somehow, I don't think we're up to it.

As long as we allow lobbies a veto, no we're not.

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The original business model of oil companies depended on destroying the atmosphere. Expanding into increased use of plastics is not a step in the right direction.

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Oil megacorps investing in the future degradation of Earth by investing in the growth of the plastic market, just out of greed. Pure heartless capitalism at its best.

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Great. As if there wasn't enough plastic rubbish in the oceans.

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Every fish we fish out have microplastics in them. Even the deepest points in the ocean have plastic in them. Who's to blame? coca cola company is the biggest polluter in the world. cruise ships also pollute incredible a lot because it costs money to have your trash taken care of at the port, so they dump it in the ocean.

But give it time and china will have fishes every ocean in the world dry anyway, so we dont need to worry about plastic in the fish.

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saiaku:

But give it time and china will have fishes every ocean in the world dry anyway, so we dont need to worry about plastic in the fish.

Very informative. I didn't realize the Chinese were the only ones to eat fish. Silly me.

By the way, do you eat fish?

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Very informative. I didn't realize the Chinese were the only ones to eat fish. Silly me.

By the way, do you eat fish?

I think you missed his satirical point. He was implying the voracity of the Chinese is such that they are going to fish everything out of the ocean and leave no fish behind for anybody else to eat. Nobody would eat fish then, ergo microplastics in fish would no longer be a problem. All the fish are gone, consumed by the Chinese. Funny aside but Hong Kongers refers to the hoards of mainland Chinese shoppers as "locusts".

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Can humans face reality? I’m not so sure. Half the time we love the big businesses and big governments for bring undeveloped countries to developing countries, and developing countries into the future. Well pilgrims, this can’t be done without plastics. If we all really really wanted to slow things down, then central banking and the “printing of money” must stop.

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