Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing.

  title={Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing.},
  author={Chris Wilcox and Erik van Sebille and Britta Denise Hardesty},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={112 38},
Plastic pollution in the ocean is a global concern; concentrations reach 580,000 pieces per km(2) and production is increasing exponentially. Although a large number of empirical studies provide emerging evidence of impacts to wildlife, there has been little systematic assessment of risk. We performed a spatial risk analysis using predicted debris distributions and ranges for 186 seabird species to model debris exposure. We adjusted the model using published data on plastic ingestion by… CONTINUE READING

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