`By 2050, 99% seabirds will be eat­ing plas­tic'

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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.


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