Polar bears face melting chemical cocktail

Posted by Trish Riley, August 6, 2010

Research published in the journal Science of The Total Environment shows the retreat of sea-ice in the Arctic could increase the exposure of species such as polar bears to persistent organic pollutants, which include flame-retardants and substances used to harden plastics.

Scientists believe the pollutants, locked in the polar ice for decades, could be released into the ocean as the ice melts due to climate change.

via Polar bears face melting chemical cocktail – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).