In this 2022 series of essential climate conversations George Monbiot continues to discuss and investigate the complex challenges we face in this time of climate and ecological emergency. Monbiosis brings together a diverse range of scientists, experts, activists and change makers to examine some of the most critical environmental issues of our time.
Episode 14 - Chemical Overload
A conversation with:
🌍 Patricia Villarrubia Gomez - Research Assistant Stockholm Resilience Centre · Department of Biology Education, Master of Science, Plastic Pollution Consultant
🌍 Miriam Diamond - Department of Earth Sciences and School of the Environment, University of Toronto.
🌍 Linn Persson - Head of the International Department of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), and Affiliated Researcher at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
There has been a 50-fold increase in the production of chemicals since 1950. This is projected to triple again by 2050. Plastic production alone increased 79% between 2000 and 2015. 80% of all plastics ever produced still remain in the environment, with many unknown consequences ahead as they degrade and release their various chemical ingredients.