Plastic barrels, which are used in the manufacture of plastic beverage containers and bottles, have been linked to the release of toxic chemicals such as methane, carbon monoxide and mercury, according to a new study.
Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana and the Environmental Defense Fund say the new research supports their conclusion that plastic barrels pose a serious environmental threat.
The study, which was published online Monday, analyzed data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Marine Conservation Monitoring System and found that, since 2004, the amount of plastic pollution released into the ocean has doubled in the continental U.T. The amount of plastics in the oceans increased from approximately 50 metric tons in 2004 to more than 4,000 metric tons by 2017.
The study found that plastic pollution is increasing dramatically across the continental United States, with a significant spike in pollution from the northeastern United States.
The report found that the concentration of pollutants in the waters off the coast of New York State increased by more than 150 percent between 2004 and 2017.
The researchers found that pollution from plastic barrels reached a level higher than the amount that was released in the Atlantic Ocean.
The scientists also found that ocean pollution has been significantly increasing in the Pacific Ocean.
Researchers say the environmental damage from plastic pollution, particularly in the Northeast, can be attributed to the manufacturing of the plastic containers and plastic bottles, which have an impact on ocean chemistry.
The researchers also say plastic bottles can become brittle and break up, leading to higher levels of carbon monoxy and mercury.
They point out that plastic bottles are typically not recyclable, meaning they end up in landfills.