Man-Made Toxins Make Their Way into Arctic Seabird Populations   2 comments

Early this month, we learned that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are making their way into marine life, causing a variety of health issues in the whale population. Now, we can add arctic seabirds to the list of exotic animals threatened by the PCB pollution of our global waterways.

The Northern Fulmar

The Northern Fulmar

Researchers recently investigated the fulmar population on Devon Island, the world’s largest uninhabited island, located in northern Canada near Greenland. They found elevated levels of PCBs and DDT in these seabirds. Another group of scientists analyzed the eider population from Tern Island, a small plot of land also located in northern Canada. This group of seabirds  contained heightened concentrations of lead, manganese and aluminum. The pond sediment on Tern Island also showed increased levels of cadmium and mercury.

The most troubling aspect of these studies is that wild life populations analyzed are in predominantly uninhabited areas, far removed from the immediate influence of man-made pollution. This means that manufactured toxins are traveling great distances and are capable of impacting ecosystems in foreign lands.


Posted October 31, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Man-Made Toxins Make Their Way into Arctic Seabird Populations

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  1. The invisible killer proves to be quite the traveling jet setter… Very frightening indeed. It’s terrible to think these innocent animals are being subjected to man-made pollutants. All the more reason for remediation!

  2. This is terrifying! Spooky! Creepy! Great Halloween joke… Oh wait, this is real?

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