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Ingested plastics removed from a Flesh-footed Shearwater chick in 2021

New paper on the harm plastic causes to wildlife defines a new disease: Plasticosis

Plastic ingestion was directly linked to the presence of severe, organ-wide scar tissue formation in the stomach, with some birds sadly exhibiting a near-complete loss of tissue structure due to plastic ingestion. Our results are the first-time plastic-related scar tissue formation has been documented in wild animals. What we observed was often so severe that it led us to propose a new disease, Plasticosis – fibrosis resulting from plastic exposure Full Article »