News tagged with persistent organic pollutants

When thawing glaciers release pollutants

As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the ...

dateNov 03, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Adapting to Arctic change

Arctic climate change is real and happening faster than expected. Impacts will likely be large over the next 20 years and society needs to adapt. Climate researchers around the world are now engaged to help stakeholders understand ...

dateSep 03, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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A simpler way to test for water pollution

Some of the toxins found in our air and waterways were put there intentionally: DDT, for instance, was introduced to protect against malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Others find their way into the environment unintentionally.

dateJul 01, 2014 in Environment
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Empa helps to expand the Stockholm Convention POP list

The flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used. This was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used ...

dateAug 26, 2013 in Other
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Preserving the health of the Arctic

Lars-Otto Reiersen is a marine biologist by training, now working as an environmental scientist in Norway. He has led the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) for over two decades. AMAP advises the governments ...

dateMay 03, 2013 in Environment
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Are chemicals damaging the health of male otters?

A new report has highlighted serious concerns for the health of otters in the UK. The otter is one of the country's best loved predator species, but research indicates that they may not be in the best of reproductive health.

dateFeb 26, 2013 in Ecology
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