A new study by researchers from the Commonweatlh Scienfific and Industrial Research Organisation, Imperial College London and the Univeristy of New South Wales has analysed the threat of plastic pollution to seabirds.
They call plastic pollution in the ocean a “global environmental concern”, and explain that seabirds are particularly vulnerable to this type of pollution. The risk of ingestion of plastic by seabirds is geographically widespread and pervasive, and the researchers estimate that around 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic and are likely to retain some in their gut.
They believe that ingestion of plastics by seabirds is increasing, and that 99% of all species will have ingested plastic by 2050.
However, they also point out that effective waste management could reduce this threat, and suggest that relatively simple models can be used to evaluate the effects of management changes.
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