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.

We may not be birds or superheroes, or fly on broomsticks or magic carpets, but what we mortal humans do have is the Archaeopteryx, the lightest glider in the world. If you’ve got money to burn and an adventurous streak, it could be yours.

Specialists in lightweight engineering since 1976, the Swiss family company Ruppert Composite GmBH first delivered these hand-built flying machines to the public in 2010. Though Ruppert Composite first published the video in 2012, the video blew minds on Twitter when Joe Biggs posted a clip of its launch last week, captioned, “Would you ride one of these?” Since then, the clip grabbed 4.36 million views, 4,700 retweets, and 15,000 likes. As featured in the video, the microlift sailplane allows pilots to take flight with just a running start.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, weighted blankets are everywhere this year. They’re the hyper-popular gift for anyone, including yourself, that promote better sleep and relaxation.

The idea behind a weighted blanket is this: A blanket with extra heft creates a “hugging” effect, releasing the hormone oxytocin, itself increasing serotonin and melatonin levels. Our favorite weighted blanket, the Serenity Blanket, is on sale at the inverse store now.

Black Friday is coming, not to mention Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, the holiday season, and that week between Christmas and New Year where nothing’s on TV and you don’t know which days the mail is supposed to come. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Before you get swamped with holiday gift-giving and receiving, we’ve found the best deals online to take advantage of right now before everything starts selling out. The hotness this year? Tech accessories. Stuff for your phone, iPad, laptop, you get it.

It’s that time of year where the pressure’s on to find super cool gifts for the people you love. Instead of scrambling around this year for last-minute gifts, why not head over to one of our favorite lifestyle product sites, Huckberry, and take a look at the Levimoon, which you’ve probably guessed by now is a levitating moon.

If you’ve been using the same furniture for 15+ years or find yourself watching “House Hunters” and wanting to redo every inch of your home, it might (hint: it is) be time for an upgrade.

Though HGTV might tell you otherwise, you don’t need to replace all of your furniture or demolish half of your place to give it a refresh. In fact, a couple of new products and fixtures can modernize any space without the cost of a total remodel.