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Master thesis project on arctic ecotoxicology – Pollutant effects in walruses
The Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT The Arctic University of Norway are looking for a student to a master thesis project that will examine contaminant related health effects in walruses from Svalbard. Walrus samples will be analyzed for pollutants, hormone levels and immunological responses. In addition they will be analyzed for mRNA expression of genes related to hormone disruption and immune suppression.
International prohibition of the pesticide endosulfan
In early May the Parties to the Stockholm Convention agreed to ban use of the pesticide endosulfan. This pesticide has highly detrimental effects not only on human health but also in the environment, where it persists and can be transported over long distances.
Pesticides in Svalbard snow
Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) have investigated the amount of pesticides in the snow in Svalbard. Read about their findings here.
International workshop on black carbon in snow
A seminar on black carbon in snow sampling, albedo effects and climate impact was recently organized in Tromsø.
Collection of 2000 marine samples
During this summer's COPOL-cruise with the research vessel " Lance", more than 2000 marine samples were collected for analyses of new and old POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants).
Mercury in marine food webs in Svalbard
Species at the top of the Arctic food chain have higher levels of mercury than animals further down in the food chain, according to a new report published by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Report on PCBs in Svalbard
Current knowledge on PCB pollution and PCB management status in Svalbard has been gathered by the Governor of Svalbard in a joint effort with ten other institutions. The resulting report points at knowledge gaps and lists important initiatives which should be carried out to fill in the gaps.
New pollutants increasing in Svalbard
The levels of new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are increasing in polar bears, glaucous gulls and other arctic species, while the level of “old” POPs like PCBs and DDT is decreasing in the Arctic, shows a new report by the Surveillance Group for the Barents Sea.