News of the WeekARCTIC ECOLOGY

For Precarious Populations, Pollutants Present New Perils

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1642
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1642b

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The biggest ever study of Arctic pollutants paints a picture of an ecosystem under siege--with potentially grave consequences for denizens of Earth's northernmost reaches. For the first time, long-standing villains such as pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and mercury have been linked to weakened immune systems and developmental deficits in Inuit children.