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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.
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.