HOT: review of persistent organic pollutants in Antarctica

HOT off the press – a review article by Susan Nash at Griffith University, one of JEM’s 2010 Emerging Investigators.

In this review Nash describes the challenges faced by the research community in obtaining accurate information on the impact of persistent organic pollutants in Antarctica.

It is increasingly recognised that the role of the Antarctic system in climate change processes cannot be ignored. POPs are considered a substantial risk to human and environmental health; it is therefore of great importance to understand their distribution across the globe, including areas that are hard to reach.

Nash gives a thorough overview of the research carried out in this field to date.  She outlines shortcomings in previous research efforts, glaring gaps in existing knowledge and gives a number of specific research recommendations which will hopefully help advance the field.

Read her recommendations online here:

Persistent organic pollutants in Antarctica: current and future research priorities
Susan Bengtson Nash
J. Environ. Monit., 2011, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0EM00230E

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