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Daily Archives: 3. February 2010 − News & Stories

High pesti­ci­de levels in Spits­ber­gen

Recent ana­ly­sis of snow and ice of gla­ciers in the Spits­ber­gen archi­pe­la­go has shown signi­fi­cant levels of pesti­ci­des, which are not used local­ly and thus come from long-distance sources in Euro­pe and over­se­as. The rele­vant pesti­ci­des are long-lived and take very long time to break down, espe­ci­al­ly in cold cli­ma­te con­di­ti­ons. Today, they are most­ly ban­ned. The amounts thought to be pre­sent in Spits­ber­gen are up to about one ton of some pesti­ci­des, but vary local­ly.

Fur­ther rese­arch is nee­ded to inves­ti­ga­te poten­ti­al thre­ats to the envi­ron­ment.

Is the ice as clean as it seems, or…?

High pesticide levels in Spitsbergen - Alkefjellet

Source: Sval­bard Sci­ence Forum


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