Bird fears

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

“I'VE found nearly 200 pieces of plas­tic in a sin­gle seabird," said Dr Hardesty from the CSIRO. Re­searchers from CSIRO and Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don have re­ported that by 2050, 99% of seabirds will have ingested plas­tic into their sys­tems. In 1960 plas­tics was found in the guts of less than 5% of seabirds. This rose to 80% by 2010. Based on this trend 99% of seabirds will have ingested plas­tics by 2050. The plas­tics have the great­est im­pact in the South­ern Ocean, in a band around the south­ern edges of Aus­tralia, South Africa and South Amer­ica. Plas­tics are a prod­uct of the petro­chem­i­cal/fos­sil fuel age less than 250 years old and a di­rect re­sult of Western de­vel­op­ment. Di­eter and Mar­got Moeckel Won­bah

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