Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Flame-retardant polar bears

We've already established here at The Reaction that polar bears are victims of climate change. But did you know that they're also victims of flame retardants?

Yes, here's another great addition to the history of environmental pollution and, more broadly, of humanity's willful destruction of the natural environment for the sake of short-sighted self-aggrandizement: "Already imperiled by melting ice and a brew of toxic chemicals, polar bears throughout the Arctic, particularly in remote dens near the North Pole, face an additional threat as flame retardants originating largely in the United States are building up in their bodies, according to an international team of wildlife scientists."

Sure, they're on those semi-cute Coke commercials, not to mention on the cans themselves. But what havoc we wreak.

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