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Toxic effects of ocean plastic far greater than previously thought

from Epoch Times

When dead seabirds washed up in their thousands along the eastern and southern seaboards of Australia last year, biologist Dr Jennifer Lavers became worried, very worried. A research fellow at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies in Hobart, Dr Lavers had been studying flesh-footed shearwaters, also known as mutton birds, for nearly a decade. She knew that mass deaths, known as "wrecks," were not uncommon for the migratory shearwaters, which travel huge distances from the Bering Sea to Australia every year. more

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