Pollutants in the Arctic
Traces of pollutants are found throughout the arctic environment: in air, soil, sediments, snow, sea ice and glaciers, seawater and fresh water, birds, mammals and people. In many ways, the Arctic acts as an indicator region for known and new pollutants. If a pollutant is found in the Arctic, it is an indication that the substance has been transported a long distance, is poorly degradable and is taken up in organisms.
In some areas, such high concentrations of certain kinds of pollutants have been measured that they are a cause of concern for scientists and the authorities.
Norwegian Polar Institute research on pollutants acquires knowledge which enhances our understanding of pollution, its sources and its biological effects in the European Arctic.
Latest articles on pollutants in the Arctic
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.
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).