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The Life of a Plastic Water Bottle

By Peter S. Green - 2012-10-02T21:18:26Z

Photograph by David Liittschwager

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Wildlife Impact

On Kuray Atoll, Hawaii, the corpse of a baby Laysan albatross lies stuffed with bits of plastic, including cigarette lighters and bottle caps.

Mother albatross birds fly thousands of miles across the Pacific, carrying what they think are tasty treats for their young. Instead, the colorful plastic scraps block the young birds' digestive tracks, killing them.

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