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What If We Burned All Trash on Earth?

With Starbucks banning plastic straws and zero waste on trend, is the solution to plastic pollution and climate change burning all the trash?

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REFERENCES
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/03/should-we-burn-plastic-waste/
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-petrochemicals-iea/rising-use-of-plastics-to-drive-oil-demand-to-2050-iea-idUSKCN1ME2QD
https://www.businessinsider.com/ap-study-twice-as-much-trash-put-in-landfills-than-estimated-2015-9
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/10/every-minute-one-garbage-truck-of-plastic-is-dumped-into-our-oceans/
http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/
https://regions20.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/OPEN-BURNING-OF-WASTE-A-GLOBAL-HEALTH-DISASTER_R20-Research-Paper_Final_29.05.2017.pdf
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/managing-reducing-waste/municipal-solid/environment/open-burning-garbage-health-risks.html
https://slate.com/business/2014/07/wte-in-sweden-weirdly-enough-burning-garbage-makes-environmental-sense.html
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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128121658000019
https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/ambient-(outdoor)-air-quality-and-health
https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/29-10-2018-more-than-90-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-children-breathe-toxic-air-every-day

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https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-01/documents/2018_complete_report.pdf
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https://www.teenvogue.com/story/fossil-fuel-industry-is-worsening-the-global-plastics-crisis
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