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Monday, 26 June 2017 12:39

The human impact on the Antarctic Peninsula from the presence of emerging contaminants

The human impact on the Antarctic Peninsula from the presence of emerging contaminants. Researchers from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain warn of the possible environmental consequences. These chemicals reach the Antarctic as a result of the dumping of sewage, incineration of wastes and the widespread generation of refuse. The results of this work have been published in highly-prestigious scientific journals. In the article published in Environmental Research, information is given on the presence of substances of human origin with the capacity to damage the hormonal system. The most important among the heavy metals are the concentrations of aluminium, a metal which interferes in the activity of a range of hormones and in the neurological and reproductive systems. On the other hand, in the work published online in the Environmental Pollution journal, evidence is given of the presence of twelve drugs, such as Diclofenac and Ibuprofen. Caffeine and ephedrine, which is habitually used for medical purposes, have likewise been found.

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