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Fires spread environmental toxins over the Arctic

Transported air mass (in nanoseconds per kg) from straw and stubble burning regions in Russia (indicated by black dots) to Svalbard. (Illustration: NILU)

Forest fires and straw and stubble burning in North America and Eastern Europe are leading to record-high concentrations of the environmental toxin PCB over Svalbard. As a result of climate change, airborne pollution is thus becoming an increasing problem in the Arctic. For the last decades, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been ...