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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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