From polar bears to groundwater, nature is riddled with 'forever chemicals'

April 04, 2024

They didn't exist a century ago but today PFAS "forever chemicals" contaminate the environment from groundwater to Antarctic snow to turtle eggs, and concern over their possible toxicity is growing. "No ecosystem has escaped," said Yann Aminot, a specialist in environmental contamination at the French Research Institute for Ocean Science (IFREMER). A wealth of scientific research has demonstrated the pervasive reach of PFAS in nature, but possible harms to people and the planet have been harder to definitively establish. Establishing the possible long-term harms of PFAS exposure is difficult when considering such a kaleidoscope of chemicals, many of which are industry secrets, said Aminot. Examining the full spectrum of chemicals is critical to better understanding their impact on nature, said Pierre Labadie, a researcher from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

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