Air pollution harms bird health too

Air pollution harms bird health too

"It was surprising to see how limited research on this topic is," Olivia Sanderfoot , now at the University of Washington, US, told environmentalresearchweb . "We were not expecting that, given that birds breathe more efficiently than mammals and are therefore likely more susceptible to the negative health outcomes associated with respiratory exposure to air pollution." Birds respire more efficiently than any other terrestrial vertebrate. Coal miners used them to signal the build-up of dangerous levels of toxic gases such as carbon monoxide underground, and many see birds as "sentinel species" for environmental change, including the introduction of pesticides, insecticides, heavy metals and climate change. And they could act the same way for air pollution too. Together with colleague Tracey Holloway of the University of Wisconsin-Madison , in November 2016 Sanderfoot searc...

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