‘For ever’ chemicals threatening Antarctica wildlife, scientists warn – The Independent


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Levels of pollutants have risen drastically in remotest part of world, reports Jane Dalton
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The team studied compacted snow to measure levels of toxic compounds
Toxic “forever” chemicals from non-stick pans and water-repellent clothing have increased markedly in Antarctica, where they could be harming wildlife such as penguins, seals and whales, scientists say.
The experts say substances developed to replace ozone-depleting CFCs found in fridges are among the probable sources of the relatively new contamination.
And they believe the southernmost continent, one of Earth’s remotest places, serves as a global barometer for the chemical industry.
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The team studied compacted snow to measure levels of toxic compounds
Dr Markus Frey, British Antarctic Survey
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