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May 23, 2020 - BBC News

Pollution: Birds 'ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day'

Pollution: Birds 'ingesting hundreds of bits of plastic a day'
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Birds living on river banks are ingesting plastic at the rate of hundreds of tiny fragments a day, according to a new study.

Scientists say this is the first clear evidence that plastic pollutants in rivers are finding their way into wildlife and moving up the food chain.

Pieces of plastic 5mm or smaller (microplastics), including polyester, polypropylene and nylon, are known to pollute rivers.

The impacts on wildlife are unclear.

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