Tough Life for Penguins

So, not only do they live in the most remote, barren and cold landscape on Earth, but now Antarctica’s Adelie penguins are also being exposed to DDT thanks to climate change.

Yes, in an article of mine for National Geographic News, I discuss research that says that one of the world’s most pristine environments is actually contaminated with DDT from the 1960s. More surprising is that the DDT was frozen in glaciers but is now being released as climate change melts the glaciers.

Maybe there needs to be an educational campaign for penguins, such as “don’t lick the nasty looking snow.” Just a thought.


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