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WWF issues new Arctic pollution warning

Industrial and agricultural pollution is turning the Arctic into the world's "chemical sink", according to a new overview of recent scientific studies by WWF. The report focuses on chemicals still in use in the developed world, such as some brominated flame retardants, which have been found in Arctic air, water and animal species. It follows research highlighted by the green group last year which claimed that banned chemicals previously used in the EU could be affecting the immune system of polar bears (EED 13/09/04). WWF says mixtures of obsolete and current chemicals "could lead to even more harmful combined effects". See press release.

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