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Fireproofing the Arctic

Carrie McDonough

Chemicals that are stable enough for our everyday use are often remarkably stable in the natural environment as well. This poses a problem because these chemicals can travel far from sources and end up in pristine environments like the Arctic. In the study described here, researchers from Germany and China joined forces to measure one group of manmade molecules, the organophosphate esters, in snow, seawater, and air from the remote North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean.

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