The vast quantities of plastic already in the environment could cause global problems.
The further away plants were from power plants, particularly coal-burning ones, the better their yields.
"Swimming close to the shore with my family I was constantly fishing out plastic bags," a reporter in Thailand explained.
The burning of fossil fuels also harms us directly by contributing to a variety of diseases, many of them life-threatening.
New research suggests ocean plastic is being transported back onshore away from the water’s edge.
"What humans have been doing for decades now is what I call a ‘plastification’ of the landscape and oceans."