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Melting Arctic Ice Releasing Banned Pesticides

The Guardian is reporting that scientists from Canada and Norway have discovered via air measurements that persistent organic pollutants (POPS), banned under the 2004 Stockholm Convention, are seeping out from Arctic ice as global temperatures rise.

The researchers warn that the amount of the poisons in the polar region is unknown and their release could “undermine global efforts to reduce environmental and human exposure to them”.

The chemicals being released include DDT, chlordane, lindane, as well as the fungicide hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and industrial PCB’s. All are linked to cancer and birth defects.

The team of scientists say the next step is to find out how many of these chemicals are present in the arctic and how quickly they are being released.

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