Deep Dive: These companies have the most at stake when the world clamps down on plastic pollution

Pollution is a tremendous and complicated problem around the world, requiring a variety of actions by governments, companies and people to clean up waste and reduce harm to the environment.

Analysts at New York-based investment bank Jefferies Group have published a detailed research report describing many approaches to mitigating the plastic-pollution disaster. They highlighted companies that might suffer from narrower profit margins under overlapping pollution-reduction scenarios, as well as those that may benefit from new rules and cleanup programs.

The growth of the plastics industry that led to the disaster illustrated above was summed up in one word a long time ago: