Berlin Statement on Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Polar Regions

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The Berlin Statement is the outcome of an international workshop with representatives of the European Commission, the Arctic Council, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), environmental specimen banks, and data centers, as well as scientists from various international research institutions.

The statement addresses urgent chemical pollution issues in the polar regions and provides recommendations for improving screening, monitoring, risk assessment, research cooperation, and open data sharing to provide environmental policy makers and chemicals management decision-makers with relevant and reliable contaminant data to better protect the polar environments.

Ebinghaus, Ralf; Barbaro, Elena; Bengtson Nash, Susan; de Avila, Cristina; de Wit, Cynthia; Dulio, Valéria; Felden, Janine; Franco, Antonio; Gandrass, Jürgen; Grotti, Marco; Herata, Heike; Hughes, Kevin; Jartun, Morten; Joerss, Hanna; Kallenborn, Roland; Koschorreck, Jan; Lohmann, Rainer; Wang, Zhanyun; MacLeod, Matthew; Pugh, Rebacca; Rauert, Caren; Alygizakis, Nikiforos ; Sühring, Roxana; Vorkamp, Katrin; Xie, Zhiyong; Küster, Anette (2023) Berlin Statement on Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Polar Regions. Available at SSRN,

Read the Berlin Statement published in SSRN [ external link ]

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