Pink marble is the latest trend to be embraced by the masses, and while the trend may seem harmless, it’s actually causing a lot of damage to the environment.
According to a new study, pink marble could be an environmental hazard as it could affect water quality and even be a source of carbon dioxide emissions.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, found that pink marble can also lead to the formation of hydrocarbons and methane, two major greenhouse gases.
The study is based on the assumption that marble is treated to remove its natural color, making it opaque and thus not transparent to the eye.
Researchers found that the more red and green marble a house is, the more the water in the house is affected by its natural colors.
While this is a positive change, the study also found that it is unlikely that the marble would be as transparent to humans as other types of natural materials.
Instead, it will absorb water into the walls and ceiling of the house, according to the researchers.
The water could then enter the indoor plumbing system and cause problems.
“This is one of the biggest concerns, because pink marble was considered a natural material, but now people are putting it on their homes,” said lead author James K. Siegel, a professor in the School of Engineering at the U of T.
Siegel says pink marble has a “high concentration of carbon monoxide.”
“It’s like you have this huge amount of carbon that has been left in the atmosphere for a very long time,” Siegel told CBC News.
“So when the carbon dioxide levels increase, it raises the water table and it’s going to raise the amount of water in that house.”
Siegel said pink marble’s potential environmental problems come from the way it’s treated.
In addition to absorbing water into its walls and ceilings, pink marbles are also coated with chemicals, which could harm plants and other aquatic life.
“When you put pink marble in a house, the water can go into the pipes, and it goes into the plumbing system, and so it’s an issue of how that water is being treated,” he said.
Sünenthal, the University study’s lead author, says the use of pink marble should be “regarded more carefully.”
“The fact that pink marbled is a color that’s associated with a lot more carbon than other types is concerning, and we have to be careful,” he told CBC.
“And if you have pink marbling, then it’s not necessarily a good thing.”
Sülenthal says that the use and distribution of pink marble in homes is already a concern, as pink marble comes from areas that are currently affected by drought and climate change.
“We need to make sure that our buildings are sustainable, so we can have them going forward,” he added.