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‘Climate change could give you cancer’: UN report warns of deadly pollutants from glaciers

December 10, 2010

From The Daily Mail

By David Derbyshire

Melting glaciers and ice sheets are releasing cancer-causing pollutants into the air and oceans, scientists say.

The long-lasting chemicals get into the food chain and build up in people’s bodies – triggering tumours, heart disease and infertility.

The warning comes in new international study into the links between climate change and a class of man-made toxins called persistent organic pollutants.

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‘In the past pollutants have travelled long distances and become trapped in ice in glaciers and ice sheets. But as the ice melts, or when temperatures go up, they are released back into the seas and atmosphere.

‘It doesn’t matter whether you live in Kenya or Britain, the food goes everywhere around the world.’

The UN study found that levels of POPs measured in breast milk and blood were rising in parts of the world.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1336810/Climate-change-cancer-UN-report-warns-deadly-pollutants-glaciers.html#ixzz17jNMnPUn

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