'PLASTIC IS LITERALLY EVERYWHERE': THE EPIDEMIC ATTACKING AUSTRALIA'S OCEANS

SOUTH AUSTRALIANS HAVE BEEN RETURNING PLASTICS AND OTHER ITEMS SINCE 1977.

BUT LAVERS ALSO HYPOTHESISED THE PLASTIC INGESTION COULD BE CUTTING THE SURVIVAL RATES OF CHICKS BY ABOUT 11 PERCENT ANNUALLY.

Dr Jennifer Lavers, a marine biologist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, has spent the past 15 years studying the impacts of plastics.
But Lavers also hypothesised the plastic ingestion could be cutting the survival rates of chicks by about 11% annually.
From the most remote wilderness idylls to city coastlines, scientists and citizens have collected and documented millions of pieces of plastic debris.

While heading down the Brisbane river, Jim Hinds once pulled aboard a drunken half-naked man just seconds from “going down for the last time”. But on this day, like most other days for Hinds, it’s back to the horribly...

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