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Every year nearly 7 million birds die as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet into the sky. Placing that figure in context, the Exxon Valdez oil spill killed 250,000 birds and the Empire State building is 1,250 feet high.

 

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More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet into the sky.

 

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