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Web Date: October 21, 2011

Oil Is Oil, Even In The Arctic

Oil Toxicity: Arctic marine species are no more sensitive to crude oil than temperate species are
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: oil pollution, crude oil, petroleum, Arctic Ocean, toxicity, risk assessment

As oil companies eye the rich petroleum reserves beneath the Arctic Ocean, scientists worry about the impact of spills on the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Many scientists have guessed that polar marine species, with their slow metabolism and high fat content, are more sensitive to toxic petroleum compounds than temperate species are. However, a new study finds that polar species respond to oil in much the same way as their temperate cousins do (Environ. Sci. Technol., . . .

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