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Scare flares over fire retardant in polar bears
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 2, 2004 | By Alister Doyle, in Oslo

Posted on 06/01/2004 7:54:50 AM PDT by dead

Chemicals widely used as flame retardants in homes have been discovered in Arctic polar bears and birds, and could pose a health hazard, Norwegian scientists say.

Now the Government is to seek a European Union review of the chemicals, which are used in everything from computers to clothes.

"Traces of the compounds were found in studies of polar bears and in glaucous gulls," said Geir Wing Gabrielsen, head of a toxicology research program at the Norwegian Polar Institute. "This is the first time that this flame retardant has been found in the Arctic."

Traces of the so-called deca-BDE flame retardant, commonly used in car upholstery and televisions, had previously been found in falcons in Sweden and samples of human blood further south.

But the discovery in Arctic animals, far from sources of pollution and swept north by prevailing winds and ocean currents, was a sign that they might not break down as quickly into harmless units as previously thought, Dr Gabrielsen said.

The European Union will ban two other types of brominated flame retardant, penta-BDE and octa-BDE, this year because of health worries. Norway, a non-member, will ban them, too.

The environmental group WWF called for a ban on deca-BDE, even though it said little was known about its toxicity.

"The fact that it travels long distances, accumulates in wildlife and potentially breaks down into other harmful compounds is, in WWF's view, enough to justify a ban," it said.

Brominated flame retardants save thousands of lives every year by slowing the spread of fires, manufacturers say.

Reuters


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Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world.
1 posted on 06/01/2004 7:54:51 AM PDT by dead
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To: dead
Scare flares over fire retardant in polar bears

Lord knows it's keeping me up nights. :)

2 posted on 06/01/2004 7:57:23 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: dead

I'm happy for the polar bears if they no longer have to live their lives in fear of spontaneous combustion.


3 posted on 06/01/2004 7:58:01 AM PDT by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: dead
Scare flares over fire retardant in polar bears

There's a limerick in here somewhere.

4 posted on 06/01/2004 7:58:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Memo to self: Read beyond the headline)
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To: dead
Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world.

Exactly {evil laugh}.

The stupid scientists don't realize that the polar bears sneak in at night and lick their computers for the flame retardant. Why, sometimes they chew the computers, and the maroons still don't catch on. Only thing they catch on is fire.

5 posted on 06/01/2004 8:01:26 AM PDT by DonaldDuke
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Scare flares over fire retardant in polar bears

Terrific headline, perhaps not intended as such.

Bonus.

6 posted on 06/01/2004 8:02:40 AM PDT by dighton
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To: dead

7 posted on 06/01/2004 8:02:58 AM PDT by glock rocks (why is it kids can't read the bible in school, but can read the bible all they want once in prison?)
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To: dighton

LOL! Hung butchers!


8 posted on 06/01/2004 8:04:17 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: martin_fierro

There once was a bear from Polare
Who had an affair with a flare,
He lit up the sky,
With a match he did fry,
And now he's the bear with no hair...........


9 posted on 06/01/2004 8:04:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!! Redneck with a computer detected!........................)
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To: dead
The environmental group WWF called for a ban on deca-BDE, even though it said little was known about its toxicity.

The other "WWF"(now WWE) was more intelligent. "Oh it's true! It's damn true!"

10 posted on 06/01/2004 8:05:31 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America being passive. They were wrong. - Reagan)
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To: martin_fierro

Maybe a hiku?

Polar bear attacks
uh-oh, Knife at a gun fight
Flamethrower useless


11 posted on 06/01/2004 8:05:34 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: martin_fierro
At the North Pole when I was once there
was a glow most decidedly rare;
The details might bore ya
but it t'weren't no aurora:
Those Northern Lights came from a bear
12 posted on 06/01/2004 8:05:52 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Memo to self: Read beyond the headline)
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To: dead

I want to know...

How many people wearing fire retardent clothing did the bears EAT before the chemicals began to accumilate?

The gulls? They're carrion birds also.


13 posted on 06/01/2004 8:06:39 AM PDT by steplock (http://www.gohotsprings.com)
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To: glock rocks

After a teddy bear is set aflame, its fur coat is bruined. :)


14 posted on 06/01/2004 8:07:53 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: martin_fierro

"At the North Pole when I was once there
was a glow most decidedly rare;
The details might bore ya
but it t'weren't no aurora:
Those Northern Lights came from a bear"


[applause] Excellent!


15 posted on 06/01/2004 8:08:23 AM PDT by Blzbba
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To: dead

If only Frankenstein's monster had known about this.


16 posted on 06/01/2004 8:10:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: dead

Ha ha ha! Maybe they need it to protect them from the Aurora.


17 posted on 06/01/2004 8:10:52 AM PDT by Gothmog (The 2004 election won't be about what one did in the military, but on how one would use it)
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To: dead
A new and exciting use for polar bears!  I wonder how many of them you'd have to grind up to insulate a 2400 square foot house?

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

18 posted on 06/01/2004 8:11:10 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (FReep 'em all, let God sort 'em out.)
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To: Blzbba

(bowing)


19 posted on 06/01/2004 8:11:57 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Memo to self: Read beyond the headline)
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To: dead
Bump
To read later
(This has to become a classic thread)
(Maybe a new "moose/cheese" thingy)
20 posted on 06/01/2004 8:12:54 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: dead

"Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world."

LOL
Yup, I've been saying it for years; they are after our oil!


21 posted on 06/01/2004 8:16:09 AM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Bush plays CHESS not checkers)
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To: dead
The environmental group WWF called for a ban on deca-BDE, even though it said little was known about its toxicity.

Of course, the WWF feels that if humans were to die in a fire because they didn't use the flame retardant in their home that would be okay as long as we didn't find a trace of it polar bears.

22 posted on 06/01/2004 8:19:38 AM PDT by Reagan is King (The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.)
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To: dead

Yeah! "Hung butchers" was my fave headline from yesterday!


23 posted on 06/01/2004 8:25:30 AM PDT by EggsAckley (............Al Gore: I rant, therefore I am............)
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To: Reagan is King

Is there some way we could extract that material from polar bears? (snicker)


24 posted on 06/01/2004 8:27:02 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson
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To: martin_fierro
There's a limerick in here somewhere.

Oh, there once was a bear white as snow,
With magnificent fur, don't you know.
He would sit on the porch,
Light his paw for a torch,
And read lots of good books by the glow.

But one day the polar bear found
He'd absorbed chemicals from the ground.
He kept flicking his BIC,
But the flame wouldn't stick,
Now he sits in the dark, makes no sound.

There's a lesson that's here to be learned,
Not one to be casually spurned.
Sometimes for an animal,
It pays to be flammable.
And the bear, though he's flameless, got burned.

25 posted on 06/01/2004 8:31:21 AM PDT by Sender (To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. -Confucius)
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To: dead

Yes, but will this flame retardant in any way effct the required cooking time for the Arctic birds or polar bears?


26 posted on 06/01/2004 8:34:56 AM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: Sender

Very good.


27 posted on 06/01/2004 8:38:34 AM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: dead

No way they'll spontaneously combust!


28 posted on 06/01/2004 8:39:38 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: dead

No way they'll spontaneously combust!


29 posted on 06/01/2004 8:39:40 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: dead

Wouldn't it be easier to teach the Bears and the Gulls not to eat garbage at the dump sites?


30 posted on 06/01/2004 8:45:23 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: fish hawk

This opens up a whole new career field for polar bears. Now they may be flaming stunt movie doubles for Ed Asner.


31 posted on 06/01/2004 9:20:46 AM PDT by alloysteel (Live well and prosper. Beam me up, Scottie....)
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What's next drunken elephants?
32 posted on 06/01/2004 10:13:30 AM PDT by aculeus
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We'll see who's laughing once mean Republicans melt the polar ice caps. Being flame retardant won't help the polar bears tread water.


33 posted on 06/01/2004 10:22:01 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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There is a myth that African elephants can get drunk on Marula fruit, but it's never been proven.

However, there is a liqueur which is made from the fruit of the Marula tree:

It's very good and tastes somewhat like Bailey's.

34 posted on 06/01/2004 10:24:59 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: dead

Does this make their hides more valuable as area rugs? If I were in the market for a polar bear rug, I would insist on one of the newer models.


35 posted on 06/01/2004 10:30:21 AM PDT by Fifth Business
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To: dead

One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them; the bears will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new polar overlords.


36 posted on 06/01/2004 10:35:33 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: dead

Brings a new depth of meaning to the term "chilling out".
37 posted on 06/01/2004 11:01:11 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Was that what I heard outside the gate last night? Are the damn fireproof polar bears at it again? Those guys NEVER sleep.


38 posted on 06/01/2004 11:02:17 AM PDT by Xenalyte (It was nearly midnight before we scraped Uncle Harry off the dining-room table.)
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To: Bacon Man; humblegunner; Hap; Allegra

Ping to a thought-provoking headline!


39 posted on 06/01/2004 11:02:40 AM PDT by Xenalyte (It was nearly midnight before we scraped Uncle Harry off the dining-room table.)
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LMAO!!

Just playing games with us. Bidingtheirtime. Grouping up to inflict their final assault on the infidels. Polar Bearrorists. The bas*ards have a plan.

40 posted on 06/01/2004 11:12:08 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: alloysteel

Ed Asner: the great white dope. or should I say red?


41 posted on 06/01/2004 11:26:22 AM PDT by fish hawk
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To: Xenalyte; humblegunner; Hap; Allegra; dead

This looks like a job for Bi-Polar Bear ..... but I just can't seem to get out of bed.
42 posted on 06/01/2004 12:20:13 PM PDT by Bacon Man (Nothing is fool proof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: Bacon Man

Don't you have an appointment with Captain Sanity?


43 posted on 06/01/2004 12:25:56 PM PDT by Xenalyte (It was nearly midnight before we scraped Uncle Harry off the dining-room table.)
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Don't you have an appointment with Captain Sanity?

He retired ... or had himself committed. Don't remember really. Both would be good for him. The stress of being an imaginary therapist was really taking its toll.

44 posted on 06/01/2004 12:45:15 PM PDT by Bacon Man (Nothing is fool proof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: dead

Flame Retardant Polar Bears would be a great name for a band.


45 posted on 06/01/2004 12:47:18 PM PDT by Sloth (We cannot defeat foreign enemies of the Constitution if we yield to the domestic ones.)
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glaucous gulls

Gulls shouldn't be eating polar bears. But if the gulls are glaucous, it might be that they just can't see what they are eating.

46 posted on 06/01/2004 12:48:06 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: dead

Are the scientists POSITIVE that the chemical is not a substance that occurs naturally in polar bears? That would be a kick.



47 posted on 06/01/2004 12:49:09 PM PDT by madison10
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To: dead

This will protect them from the severe global warming that is coming.


48 posted on 06/01/2004 12:50:37 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE.)
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To: Blzbba

If I was a Polar Bear
Flaming like a beacon
It would take the Liberal Mind
To extinguish all hope of speakin


49 posted on 06/01/2004 12:52:55 PM PDT by beebuster2000 (the only thing quagmired is the lib mind)
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Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world.

Polar bears are Joos?! Who knew? The Zionist hordes are on the move!

50 posted on 06/01/2004 12:55:24 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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