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Toxic Tea: Another Way Plastic Pollution Is Taking A Toll

Discarded plastics don’t just wash up on beaches and interfere with marine life. They also steep in our oceans, creating a toxic brew that harms the bacteria responsible for generating 10 percent of our oxygen. A new study shows that plastics with chemical additives are the worst offenders. Researchers hope awareness of the problem might lead to production of lower-toxicity plastics and better management of the waste stream.

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