Why chemical pollution is turning into a third great planetary crisis

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Date of Publication: July 21

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: New Scientist

Author(s): Graham Lawton

Thousands of synthetic substances have leaked into ecosystems everywhere, and we are only just beginning to realize the devastating consequences.

IT IS the 29th century and Earth is a dump. Humans fled centuries ago after rendering it uninhabitable through insatiable consumption. All that remains is detritus: waste mountains as far as the eye can see.

This is fiction – the setting for the 2008 Disney Pixar movie WALL-E. But it may come close to reality if we don’t clean up our act.

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