To fight climate change, we have to stop clutching at straws

I don't get it, this whole obsession with plastic drinking straws.

Yes, straws are an issue, making up between 0.025 per cent and 4 per cent of ocean plastics, depending on who is counting. And yes, we know how plastic is killing coral and fish while microplastics have ominously found their way into our food and water systems.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 16, 2020, with the headline 'To fight climate change, we have to stop clutching at straws'. Print Edition | Subscribe