`By 2050, 99% seabirds will be eating plastic'
A NEW study has predicted that by 2050, nearly 99 per cent of seabird species like penguins, gulls and albatrosses will be eating plastic unless oceans are cleaned. The study was conducted by scientists from the Central Scientific and Industrial Reserach Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia and Imperial College London, and their findings were published in the journal PNAS in September. The study found that nearly 60 per cent of all seabird species in 2015 have plastic in their gut. Birds mistake brightly coloured plastic items for food, or swallow them by accident, and this causes gut impaction, weight loss and sometimes even death.