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By one estimate, emissions from producing and incinerating plastics could amount to 56 gigatons of carbon — almost 50 times the annual emissions of all of the coal power plants in the U.S. — between now and 2050. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story

Plastic waste litters cities, oceans and even the air. Largely overlooked is how making plastic affects the environment. Plastic is a big contributor to global warming. So are its alternatives.

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By one estimate, emissions from producing and incinerating plastics could amount to 56 gigatons of carbon — almost 50 times the annual emissions of all of the coal power plants in the U.S. — between now and 2050. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story

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Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Arabia Performance, Citing Human Rights Concerns

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Ransomware Attacks Create Dilemma For Cities: Pay Up Or Resist?

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Divino Niño Uses Old Friendships And Retro Sounds To Create 'A Little Vacation'

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