27 Apr '15, 12am

He’s Flameproof: Meet the “Most Polluted Bird” in the World

He’s Flameproof: Meet the “Most Polluted Bird” in the World

Vancouver, British Columbia, has the new and dubious honor of being home to what scientists say is the “most polluted bird” ever found anywhere in the world. That bird, a Cooper’s hawk, is dead, of course. His body was found in the vicinity of a waste transfer station near Vancouver. Researchers analyzed the liver fat of the hawk, as well as that of 15 other deceased Cooper’s hawks found in the area. What they found stunned them. Their study , published in the journal Science of the Total Environment , reveals the hawk’s liver contained more flame retardant chemicals than any other wild bird ever discovered — anywhere. Test results showed the bird’s liver fat had accumulated an incredible 197,000 parts per billion (ppb) of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). According to the study, this amount is more contamination than what’s been found in birds tested at an “electron...

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