No. On top of all the other bad things we can attribute to plastics pollution (the damage to marine life, the leaching of toxic chemicals into the environment, and making gross and unsightly beaches, etc.), a team at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Center for Microbial Oceanography has found one more: Plastics are releasing potent greenhouse gases, including methane and ethylene, into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. (Is there any other kind of rate?)

Worse still, of the seven kinds of plastic tested in the new study, published Wednesday in PLOS One — polycarbonate, acrylic, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE) — the worst offender was also the most commonly used. Great.

“We discovered the LDPE, low-density polyethylene, is the type of plastic producing the most gases,” lead author Sarah-Jeanne Royer, a post-doctoral scholar at the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) tells Inverse. “Unfortunately, this is most discarded plastic in the world. This is the most used plastic in the world as well.”

LDPE is the real cheap stuff, the web-like plastic sacks you use to protect vegetables that you’re going to wash anyway. It’s also the key ingredient in plastic bottles, playground slides, and six-pack rings. Many Americans have an intimate relationship with this material. As Radiohead once sang, “Plastic bag, middle class, Polyyyyethyleeeeeene.”

Lead author Sarah-Jeanne Royer of the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) with microplastic pollution at Kamilo Point on Hawaii Island.

The global demand for polyethylene resins was about 99.6 million metric tons in 2018, according to a report from the market-research firm Freedonia Group. That’s a four percent increase over the previous year, in what Royer and her colleagues worry is a steady rise.

“Plastic represents a source of climate-relevant trace gases that is expected to increase as more plastic is produced and accumulated in the environment,” as the paper’s senior author, University of Hawai’i oceanographer David Karl, put it in a statement. “This source is not yet budgeted for when assessing global methane and ethylene cycles, and may be significant.”

This isn’t the end of the bad news, sadly. Karl, Royer, and their team are still studying this phenomena, which Royer says she was surprised no one else had thought to do yet.

“I even did some tests with CO2 — and CO2 is also being produced,” Royer says, “but this is not being discussed in the paper. That will be for another publication.”

In other words, there’s yet more evidence that we’re only barely beginning to understand the scope of what’s causing climate change, and what we’ll have to do to address it.

The most fun thing about betting on sports — besides winning in the final seconds — is placing a prop bet. There’s nothing a weird and wild wager to take the edge off a more serious, analytical prediction. Regular gambling enthusiasts will often describe prop bets as having “juiced” odds, in that they are long — too long, some say — to be worth it. Sure, proposition bets have longer odds, but the payouts are higher, making them enticing to both bettors and bookies.

Having a smart home isn’t all getting the news from your washer-dryer or yelling at your fridge to make a dentist appointment; there are smaller and, dare I say it, more significant ways technology can help you life your best life. And they don’t all cost a bunch of money, either. Even a modest smart home is well within the means of most people now, and it’d be silly not to make your life easier, and your home a better place to be, with just a few small, easy upgrades.

A wave of Apple Watch Series 4 reviews were published this week, ahead of it going on sale on Friday, and largely, the reviews have been positive! But there’s a “remarkable contrast” among different reviewers, as a few have have noticed. There are effusive endorsements, and then there are reviews so exhaustive they make you wonder if the editor was on vacation. Other reviewers disagree about the impact the watch will have. The resulting noise makes it tough to determine if you should spend $400-$800 on one.

Rodrigo Molina is a 25-year-old from Mucia, in south east Spain. He studies management and marketing at the nearby Universidad Católica de Murcia, and he’s a also already something of an entrepreneur, having launched a company called Cannelle that uses essential oils to stop cinnamon sticks from breaking.

He is also among Spain’s most ardent followers of Elon Musk.

Didn’t you hear? The age of cord cutting is over and TV is back in style, baby. No, that doesn’t mean you’re suddenly going to become your dad and obsessively DVR every single episode of Burn Notice that you can get your hands on. It just means that, from the casual gamer to the movie nerd, using your tiny laptop screen for everything doesn’t really cut it anymore.