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[–] VoutGuy 1 points 41 points (+42|-1) ago 

Life finds a way.

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[–] Lemongarb 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

Uhh uhhh uhh uhh...

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[–] hardshaft 4 points 6 points (+10|-4) ago 

And then some liberal scientist finds a way to put the genes for this into some other organism, say a bacteria that's fucking everywhere. And now we're all out of plastic, sounds good eh? Just wait for your cancer stricken mom's catheter to get dissolved by plastic eating bacteria at the hospital.

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[–] deanna 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

first laugh of the day thank you

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[–] zipcodemonster 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Seriously, great... Now the plastic parts on my house and car can decay. Rust was bad enough!

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[–] teatime 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

What? They already have bacteria that can eat away plastic and I don't really see that being a problem. The scenario you describe also leads me to believe that my cancer stricken mom would be dead catheter or not in that hypothetical hospital since they aren't sterling things.

On a more serious note, why are you so angry and bitter?

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[–] gazillions 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Something always comes along.

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[–] UchihaMadara 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

THATS WHAT A JEW WOULD SAY

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[–] VoutGuy 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Oil vay.

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[–] Morbo 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

Just great. Now I have to worry about fungi eating my plastic items before I am done with them. I hope these little fuckers don't become more aggressive and voracious eaters or we may be in for some trouble.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Out here in Hawaii there are already several molds that attack plastic but I don't think anyone is studying it. There's also one that eats cassette tapes and CDs/DVDs.

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[–] Agile 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Really its not a big deal because it would just force us to create newer materials(which quite honestly would be good based on the health hazards of plastics. )

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[–] ErrantCognition 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thinking about the real issues. 👍🏻

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[–] Mhael66 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

It was only a matter of time...iirc, something similar happened with trees when they first developed, the dead trees never decomposed because there was nothing to break down the lignin or something.

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[–] jhaluska 0 points 14 points (+14|-0) ago 

Here's a short article that goes into that! So much carbon was trapped that the oxygen content of the atmosphere rose.

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[–] captainstrange 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

life finds a way..

then it becomes so successful, it kills itself.

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[–] Ina_Pickle 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Well that's one of my major fears down the drain. Thanks evolution.

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[–] james780 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

The study abstract said: “Notably, after two months in liquid medium, the PU film was totally degraded into smaller pieces.”

smaller pieces.

its not decomposition this is the same a shredding just spreads out the problem so it gets into the food chain faster like birds and insects wont eat a plastic bottle but if its in very small pieces it will make its way in much easier

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[–] ardvarcus 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

It must be 30 years ago now that I read a news story saying that a new bacteria had been discovered that eats plastic. Everything old is new again.

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[–] idle_voating 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

There have been numerous finds of microorganisms that have limited ability to break down the extremely tough chemical bonds in plastics. So far none of it has amounted to anything that can break down the staggering amount of plastic crap that has been thrown away all over the world.

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[–] TauCeti 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is a fungus. Picture a mushroom growing on your plastic sheet.

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[–] casprus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

i have a crippling fear of mushrooms. oh no.

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[–] RemoveOverfats 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

This.

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[–] stealthninjataliban 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Capitalism finds a way

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[–] Tor1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Capitalism and these unaccountable NGO assholes are mortal enemies.

http://www.worldagroforestry.org/about

These kinds of organizations are all freeloading niggers of the worst sort.

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[–] stealthninjataliban 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Captialism brought the garbage that spawned the evolutionary bacteria.

Captialism finds a way

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[–] Vhaine 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

What could possibly go wrong...

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[–] GuyIDisagreeWith 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] MyDrunkAccount 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

I would always laugh to myself in biology class when I'd hear, "and then X turned into Y over the course of Z-hundred million years!" Bitch, do you realize just how long one million years even is?? Mind you, I believe in evolution, I just could never take the academically accepted time-tables seriously. And now, whoa, hey, look, only 0.000150 of 1,000,000 years after exposing the earth to plastic we suddenly have a bacteria and a fungus that can digest it. At this level of evolutionary development, relative to accepted evolutionary development time-tables, the bacteria and fungus will be fighting interstellar wars with each other long before your grandchildren stop shitting themselves and learn to use the 3 seashells.

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[–] ZYX321 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Simpler organisms tend to reproduce very quickly, which is advantageous for rapid adaptations. Evolution happens much faster in microorganisms.

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[–] CeepsNo 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Rapid changes can happen in evolution and also long periods of nothing.

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