If you had the choice, what would you do if scientists managed a bacteria/microbe that could digest all plastics? These are microbes that would be harmless if ingested by animals and can form parts of food chains. However, as these microbes digest the plastic, they release significantly more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Would you release the theoretical microbe into the oceans, into landfill sites... let them clear the plastic waste that's affecting ecosystems? Or do you think that the possible hammer blow to AGW (if you believe in it) would be the end of human civilisation? To deny to first voter the sole privilege of seeing how I vote I'll tell you all. I would release the microbe. It's not an easy choice for me, because I understand AGW to be real. This means that in the worst case scenario, I would be committing the planet to death and it may end up like Venus. However, if that's going to happen, we'll end up there anyway... and with that pessimistic outlook, my best case scenario is that it's not "too" bad for human civilisation. There'll be famines, wars due to mass relocation, fall outs that affect everyone and billions may die... but the ecosystem wouldn't. Life would thrive in this environment (in my very hypothetical scenario) with plastic that is killing them essentially being converted into food for them. Edit - Not just aimed at you @lanokia just what prompted me to write this! PS - you were right, I didn't mean to demand justification for that thread.