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Household Chemicals Found in Arctic Wildlife

According to new scientific research, many household chemicals designed to quell fire and kill insects have been discovered in many Arctic species. Specifically, high levels of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been detected in regional polar bears, seals, foxes and glaucous gulls. Evidence suggests that BFRs lower the potential for species' survival -- as they weaken birds' eggs and harm vulnerable offspring such as bear cubs. For years, scientists have also worried about the existence of PCBs and DDT in Arctic wildlife, having found high concentrations of both in the eggs and bodies of area birds. Though it is difficult to tell exactly how such chemicals invaded the region's wildlife, often pollutants manage to enter an area's food chain and then become ingested by the animals there.

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