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Old Friday 31st January 2020, 09:20   #1
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Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution can build up in the bodies of seabirds, adding to the threats they face in the wild, according to a new study.

Researchers fed plastic pellets to nesting chicks to look at the direct effects of plastic exposure.

They found chemicals from plastic ended up in the birds' liver and fatty tissues at levels thousands of times higher than normal.

Monitoring of wild seabirds, including albatrosses, revealed similar findings.
With nearly half of the world's seabird species in decline, and 28% classed as globally threatened, chemical pollution is a "pervasive and growing threat", said the researchers.

The work was led by Shouta Nakayama from Hokkaido University, Japan.




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Old Friday 31st January 2020, 11:43   #2
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Kits - the original Catalyst TV show in the "Micro Plastics" thread found that and more. Not only could the chemicals cross the gut and blood barriers, but there were even cases of tumours forming in the liver (of mice I think - you'd have to look it up). None of this is good ......




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Thanks for sharing. No doubt plastics a problem with all ocean faring animals and birds.
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Important research....but is it really necessary to feed chicks with plastic pellets? If it is, so be it....I suppose.
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Unhappy Tyre emissions 1,000 times WORSE than exhausts

https://www.motoringresearch.com/car...than-exhausts/

I hope this puts paid to silly suggestions by the 'woke' crowd of using recycled plastics in roads - that would be a double whammy .....





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Kits, you might also be interested in the info in this thread on Microplastics - the sources, and pervasiveness of which is mind boggling ..... I've never looked at my technical fleeces the same way since ......

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=374057







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Thanks, CJ. Worrying.
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