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Scientists predict the size of plastics animals can eat

A team of scientists at Cardiff University has, for the first time, developed a way of predicting the size of plastics different animals are likely to ingest. The researchers, from the University's Water Research Institute, looked at the gut contents of more than 2,000 animals to create a simple equation to predict the size of a plastic item an animal can eat, based on the length of its body. In the study, published today in Nature Communications, they report that the length of an animal can be used to estimate the biggest piece of plastic it can eat—and this was about 5% (a twentieth) of the size of the animal. Read more....

 

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