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  •  Such a pity that these beuatiful animals' (6+ / 0-)

    name has a negative connotation in English. They are awesome to see in person, BTW. I stumbled on one in Hawaii once.

    The best way to save the planet is to keep laughing.

    by LaughingPlanet on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 05:13:04 PM PDT

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    •  Yep, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has one (12+ / 0-)

      and a write-up on the effects of plastic on it:

      In the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, on a tiny island 1,000 miles from the nearest big city, about 40% of the Laysan albatross chicks born each year die because their bellies are full of bottle caps, toothbrushes and other plastic. Many people think that the biggest source of pollution in the oceans is oil spilled from ships, but most marine pollution is litter that starts out on land. By making changes now, we can reduce the amount of plastic that gets into our oceans in the months and years to come.

      Albatrosses fly hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles in search of food for their chicks. They look for squid and fish eggs floating on the surface of the water. Unfortunately, plastic floats, and Laysan albatross are particularly attracted to it. They eat it, mistaking if for food, then they fly back to the nest and feed bottle caps, lighters, fishing lures and other pieces of plastic to their young. The chicks starve to death, with stomachs full of plastic.

      Trash that's dropped on the ground doesn't stay put. Even hundreds of miles from the ocean, trash is washed by rain into city storm drains and out into streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. From there, wind and currents carry our trash far out to sea. Scientists estimate that around the world, up to one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year from eating plastic. We can help keep trash from traveling by recycling and putting trash in trash cans.

      The Tyranny of the Minority - when did 60 become the new 51?

      by 1BQ on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 06:03:47 PM PDT

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