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Most seabirds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists projected Monday that 99 percent will have done so by 2050. "For the first time, we have a global prediction of how wide-reaching plastic impacts may be on marine species -- and the results are striking," said Chris Wilcox, senior research scientist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Research done in the early 1960s showed that, back then, less than five percent of seabirds had ingested plastic.
Oil prices surged higher Monday as the US government lowered its domestic production estimate and OPEC said it was "ready to talk" to producers about multi-year low prices. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery jumped $3.98 (8.8 percent) to $49.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its third straight winning session. Over the past three winning sessions WTI has gained 27.5 percent and Brent is up 25.52 percent.