- Crustaceans like Hirondellea Gigas, living about 33,000 ft down in the Pacific Ocean are lately found to be polluted by PCBs and PBDE chemicals.
- Scientists conducted their study by catching creatures in the Mariana Trench in the Western Pacific, which is the deepest point on the seabed.
- They are shocked by the high levels of poison.
- Scientists stated that the reason for the high concentration may be the trash or the remains of contaminated fish that sink and build up on sea-beds and provide food for the scavengers.
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls are a group of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that were used in electrical equipment and Polybrominated Diphenyl ethers are organobromine compounds used as flame retardants.
- In 2001, at the Stockholm Convention, the governments of many States decided to outlaw the PCBs because of health and environmental concerns.
- In 2009, at the Geneva Convention, the PBDEs were also included in the list.
– News post compiled by Ayushi Singh