Top Stories

Why Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic - Smithsonian;

Why Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic - Smithsonian

SmithsonianWhy Seabirds Eat So Much PlasticSmithsonianUp to 90 percent of all seabirds eat plastic. In the 1960s that number was only about five percent, but by the 1980s it had risen to a staggering 80 percent. Researchers have found seabirds with all manner of plastics in their digestive tracts—bottle ...and more »

Seabirds At Risk For Ingesting Inedible Compounds - Science World Report;

Seabirds At Risk For Ingesting Inedible Compounds - Science World Report

Science World ReportSeabirds At Risk For Ingesting Inedible CompoundsScience World ReportNearly every seabird is eating plastic. The number is expected to increase further as the global production of plastic rises. A new study has found that plastic emits the scent of a sulfurous compound, something seabirds used to find food making them ...and more »

Researchers Discover Reason Why Seabirds Eat Plastic Debris - The Inquisitr;

Researchers Discover Reason Why Seabirds Eat Plastic Debris - The Inquisitr

The InquisitrResearchers Discover Reason Why Seabirds Eat Plastic DebrisThe InquisitrWhy do seabirds eat lots of plastic debris by mistake, even if it's as far as you can get from actual food? According to a new study, it all boils down to the smell of the plastic. It's long been known that birds and other animals that live by the sea ...and more »

Study reveals why seabirds eat plastic in the ocean - STGIST;

Study reveals why seabirds eat plastic in the ocean - STGIST

STGISTStudy reveals why seabirds eat plastic in the oceanSTGISTHumanity's plastic pollution is putting marine life in danger. In fact, a new study said more seabirds eat plastic now. The human sense of smell is important. It alerts us to different dangers including spoiled food, poison, fire, and so on. But other ...and more »

Study shows seabirds eat plastic because it smells like food - Metro.us;

Study shows seabirds eat plastic because it smells like food - Metro.us

Metro.usStudy shows seabirds eat plastic because it smells like foodMetro.usThe new findings challenge the idea that birds eat it because it looks like food. share on Facebook · share on Twitter. Study shows seabirds eat plastic because it smells like food. Jackie/Creative Commons. Photo: Seabirds across the globe eat plastic ...and more »

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris - PerfScience;

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris - PerfScience

PerfScienceScientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debrisPerfScienceSeabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists. Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds ...and more »

The Oceans Are Full of Plastic and Seabirds Are Dying From It - TheInertia.com;

The Oceans Are Full of Plastic and Seabirds Are Dying From It - TheInertia.com

TheInertia.comThe Oceans Are Full of Plastic and Seabirds Are Dying From ItTheInertia.comMany tube-nosed seabirds, like this Tristram's storm petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami), eat plastic particles at sea because they mistake them for food. Sarah Youngren, Hawaii Pacific University/USFWS, Author provided ...and more »

Why Marine Birds are Attracted to Plastic Debris - Regal Tribune;

Why Marine Birds are Attracted to Plastic Debris - Regal Tribune

Regal TribuneWhy Marine Birds are Attracted to Plastic DebrisRegal TribuneScientists are now one step closer to figuring out why certain species of marine creatures are attracted to plastic debris floating in the ocean. A team of scientists from the University of California has discovered that the plastic debris floating ...and more »

We Finally Know Why Seabirds Eat Plastic - Care2.com;

We Finally Know Why Seabirds Eat Plastic - Care2.com

Care2.comWe Finally Know Why Seabirds Eat PlasticCare2.comHeartbreaking stories of seabirds eating plastic — and the accompanying horrible images — are everywhere, but now scientists are an important question: Why do seabirds eat plastic in the first place? And why are some more likely to have bellies full ...and more »

Why seabirds eat ocean plastic - gulfnews.com;

Why seabirds eat ocean plastic - gulfnews.com

gulfnews.comWhy seabirds eat ocean plasticgulfnews.comDebris in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii. Plastic in the ocean tends to accumulate algae and other organic matter on its surface. Published: 13:47 November 12, 2016 Gulf News. By Chelsea Harvey, WP. SMALL; MEDIUM; LARGE. Sacramento: Each year, millions of ...and more »

The Chemical That Tricks Seabirds Into Eating Plastic - Chem.Info;

The Chemical That Tricks Seabirds Into Eating Plastic - Chem.Info

Chem.InfoThe Chemical That Tricks Seabirds Into Eating PlasticChem.InfoOne of the lesser understood implications, however, is its impact on seabirds who often mistake plastic debris for food. A recent study by researchers at the University of California-Davis found that the problem isn't as simple as birds becoming confused.and more »

Why do birds eat so much plastic? Scientists offer an answer - SFGate;

Why do birds eat so much plastic? Scientists offer an answer - SFGate

SFGateWhy do birds eat so much plastic? Scientists offer an answerSFGateIt's no secret that seabirds eat plastic — nearly every bird has tried the stuff, many times with deadly consequences. But why the critters find plastic bags, wrappers and other floating trash so appetizing has long been a puzzler. In a study ...and more »

Seabirds Eat Plastic Because They Find Smell Appetizing, Study Finds - CBS Local;

Seabirds Eat Plastic Because They Find Smell Appetizing, Study Finds - CBS Local

CBS LocalSeabirds Eat Plastic Because They Find Smell Appetizing, Study FindsCBS LocalDAVIS (KCBS) – New research indicates seabirds eat plastic debris because the animals think the trash smells like food. Researchers at the University of California, Davis said lots of seabirds sniff out their meals by tracking the smell of dying algae.and more »

Seabirds eat marine plastic because it smells good - Quartz

Seabirds eat marine plastic because it smells goodQuartzNormally, they feast on coastal sea dwellers like krill, shrimp, and fish that swim close to the surface of the water. But as beaches all over the world have become littered with plastic bottles and containers they've started eating that too—so much ...and more »

Researchers say seabirds eat plastic because it 'smells good' - Plastics News (blog);

Researchers say seabirds eat plastic because it 'smells good' - Plastics News (blog)

Plastics News (blog)Researchers say seabirds eat plastic because it 'smells good'Plastics News (blog)Researcher Matthew Savoca at the University of California, Davis says birds might be very confused – and tricked into consuming plastic as food. Scientists in the U.S. believe they have found out why some seabirds are attracted to eating waste plastic ...and more »

Seabirds eat plastic because it smells like dinner - Futurity: Research News

Seabirds eat plastic because it smells like dinnerFuturity: Research NewsIf it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? Not in the case of ocean-faring birds that are sometimes found with bellies full of plastic. Marine plastic debris emits the scent of a sulfurous compound that some seabirds have ...and more »

What makes plastic trash seem so tasty to seabirds? - Christian Science Monitor;

What makes plastic trash seem so tasty to seabirds? - Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorWhat makes plastic trash seem so tasty to seabirds?Christian Science MonitorWhy are seabirds tricked into thinking that plastic is food? The answer, say scientists, might help humans cut plastic out of the birds' diets. By Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Staff writer November 9, 2016. Save for later Saved. close. Many species of seabirds ...and more »

When seabirds smell plastic in the ocean, they think it's time to eat - Los Angeles Times;

When seabirds smell plastic in the ocean, they think it's time to eat - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWhen seabirds smell plastic in the ocean, they think it's time to eatLos Angeles TimesSeabirds mistakenly eat plastic debris in the ocean not just because it looks like food, but because it smells like it. When mealtime comes around, many species of ocean-faring birds, including albatrosses and petrels, follow their noses to the smell ...and more »

Something Smells: Birds' Keen Sense of Smell Causes Plastic Ingestion - Nature World News;

Something Smells: Birds' Keen Sense of Smell Causes Plastic Ingestion - Nature World News

Nature World NewsSomething Smells: Birds' Keen Sense of Smell Causes Plastic IngestionNature World NewsA Pintado Petrel (Cape Pigeon) feeds on minute sealife in Carnley Harbour on Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands group. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images). Researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered that an olfactory cue ...and more »

There's a Stinky Reason Why Seabirds Eat Plastic - Capitalberg;

There's a Stinky Reason Why Seabirds Eat Plastic - Capitalberg

CapitalbergThere's a Stinky Reason Why Seabirds Eat PlasticCapitalbergScientists have finally figured out why seabirds eat plastic, although it has no nutritional value. On the contrary, seabirds which swallow plastic have an elevated risk of getting injured, while sometimes they even die.and more »