Turtles have a one in five chance of dying if they eat just one piece of plastic, according to new research

Business Insider | 9/16/2018 | Business Insider Australia
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Science now has definitive proof that plastic debris is killing sea turtles.

Australian scientists analysed nearly 1,000 turtles found dead and washed up on beaches.

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Their study found that once a turtle has 14 plastic items in its gut there was a 50% likelihood that it would die.

Up until recently, it was unclear as to whether the plastic in oceans directly contributed towards turtles dying early.

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It's now been confirmed that a sea turtle that has ingested just one piece of plastic has more than a one in five chance of dying, according to a study by researchers at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

Analysis of nearly 1,000 turtles found dead and washed up on beaches around Australia shows that the more plastic a turtle consumes the greater the likelihood that it will die because of it.

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"We knew that turtles were consuming a lot of plastic, but we didn't know for certain whether that plastic actually caused the turtles' deaths, or whether the turtles just happened to have plastic in them when they died," said Dr Chris Wilcox, Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

"In other words, we wanted...
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