A research report jointly released by the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature recently shows that the greenhouse gas produced by plastics consumed in Australia from 2019 to 2020 is 16 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. The report states that this means that Australians generate greenhouse gases equivalent to 5.7 million cars annually due to plastic consumption.
The Guardian reported on the 9th that according to this calculation, the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic consumption in Australia will reach 42.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050, more than double the current level. Data shows that Australia produces more disposable plastic waste per capita than any country outside Singapore. The report suggests that the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gases is to reduce overall plastic consumption. In addition, plastic made from fossil fuels should be reduced while promoting plastic recycling and recycling.
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