Almost All Seabirds May Ingest Plastic by 2050

Seagull and plastic bottle

There is so much plastic polluting the world’s oceans that most seabirds have already eaten it. Now, scientists predict that 99 percent of seabirds like albatrosses, penguins and gulls will have consumed plastic by the year 2050. If they eat too much plastic, the birds can become sick and die. "We predict, using historical observations, that 90 percent of individual seabirds have eaten plastic,” said Chris Wilcox, senior research scientist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. “This is a huge amount and really points to the ubiquity of plastic pollution." The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. — Read it from Agence France Presse via Yahoo


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