Plastics In Oceans Decompose, Release Hazardous Chemicals, Surprising New Study Says

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 09:21 in Earth & Climate

In the first study to look at what happens over the years to the billions of pounds of plastic waste floating in the world's oceans, scientists are reporting that plastics -- reputed to be virtually indestructible -- decompose with surprising speed and release potentially toxic substances into the water.

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