Consumer habits are affecting bird species around the world


Our rising plastic consumption and growing appetite for beef are endangering bird species around the world, scientists said this week.

Two separate studies found that our consumer habits are affecting birds more profoundly than we previously thought. Researchers said their work could help inform conservation efforts to protect birds on both land and at sea. 

The papers were both published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. 

The first study explores why seabirds are so inclined to gobble up marine plastic pollution. The second paper used satellite imaging and geospatial data to see how deforestation and industrial agriculture are putting hundreds of species at risk of extinction.  Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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