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Study indicates warming Arctic is remobilizing persistent organic pollutants into the atmosphere

Study indicates warming Arctic is remobilizing persistent organic pollutants into the atmosphere 25 July 2011 A new study by researchers from Canada, Norway and China indicates that warming in the Arctic is revolatilizing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have accumulated in sinks such as water and ice. Their paper appears in the journal Nature Climate Change . Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)—organic compounds produced by human activities that are resistant to environmental degradation—include industrial chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls, and pesticides, such as DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane). POPs can be transported long distances in the atmosphere, and accumulate in regions such as the Arctic where low temperatures induce their deposition (and where the compounds accumulate in wildlife and humans, putting their health at risk). The concentra...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/07/ma-20110725.html

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