19 Apr '11, 6pm

Birds Digest Plastic Faster Than Previously Thought, and That's Bad News

Birds Digest Plastic Faster Than Previously Thought, and That's Bad News

Photo credit: angrysunbird /Creative Commons The oceans, we know, are filled with tiny bits of plastic detritus , which have washed out to sea—via storm drains and irrigation canals—from coastal and inland littler piles. Once its in the ocean, this plastic pollution collects in gyres and is mistaken as food by birds . It has long been thought that, once consumed, this plastic sits in a bird's gut for years, defying natural digestion. New research, however, reveals that the process is much faster—and this is bad news for birds and ocean ecosystems alike.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/birds-digest-plas...

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