Coming soon: Age of Plastic on your Earth
LONDON: The Age of Plastic is upon us. In the next 40 years, plastic waste will bury the land and choke the oceans of Planet Earth, a new research led by the University of Leicester has said.
The study published in the journal Anthropocene examines the evidence that we now live in the Anthropocene – a geologically epoch characterised by human activities significantly altering the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans.
The planet’s surface was being noticeably changed by the production of longlasting man-made materials, resulting in humans entering an Age of Plastic, a university release said on Wednesday.
Jan Zalasiewicz, professor of palaeobiology, said: “Plastics are pretty well everywhere on Earth, from mountain tops to the deep ocean floor – and can be fos- silised into the far future. We now make almost a billion tons of the stuff every three years”.
“If all the plastic made in the last few decades was clingfilm, there would be enough to put a layer around the whole Earth. With current trends of production, there will be the equivalent of several more such layers by mid-century.” Comparatively a new discipline, palaeobiology looks at origin, growth and structure of fossil plants and animals.
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