Growing environmental footprint of plastics driven by coal combustion

@article{Cabernard2021GrowingEF,
  title={Growing environmental footprint of plastics driven by coal combustion},
  author={Livia Cabernard and Stephan Pfister and Christopher Oberschelp and Stefanie Hellweg},
  journal={Nature Sustainability},
  year={2021},
  volume={5},
  pages={139-148}
}
Research on the environmental impacts from the global value chain of plastics has typically focused on the disposal phase, considered most harmful to the environment and human health. However, the production of plastics is also responsible for substantial environmental, health and socioeconomic impacts. We show that the carbon and particulate-matter-related health footprint of plastics has doubled since 1995, due mainly to growth in plastics production in coal-based economies. Coal-based… 
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