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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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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To: dead
What's wrong with you ...

Polar bear flame out.

51 posted on 06/01/2004 12:57:31 PM PDT by snooker (John Flipping Kerry, the enemy's choice in Vietnam, the enemy's choice in Iraq.)
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To: Bacon Man
Bi-Polar Bear makes me sad.
He needs medicated.
52 posted on 06/01/2004 4:27:28 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Rick.Donaldson
Is there some way we could extract that material from polar bears?

HA! Hey, it's a renewable resource of deca-BDE.

53 posted on 06/01/2004 9:29:33 PM 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: Thinkin' Gal
Polar bears are Joos?! Who knew? The Zionist hordes are on the move!

Well they can have the north. I don't like cold and I don't like camping out! (never did understand snowmobiling either...)

54 posted on 06/01/2004 9:56:21 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Thinkin' Gal

LMAO!!!


55 posted on 06/01/2004 10:02:46 PM PDT by evolved_rage (Where they take an arm and a leg.)
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To: dead; aculeus; BlueLancer; Poohbah; Thinkin' Gal; general_re; hellinahandcart; Constitution Day
Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world.

COINCIDENCE ?????

Sun's rays to roast Earth as poles flip

56 posted on 12/06/2004 11:08:49 AM PST by dighton
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57 posted on 12/06/2004 11:16:46 AM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: dead
I for one want to know Sexual Harassment Panda's views on this story.


58 posted on 12/07/2004 10:58:28 AM PST by asgardshill ("We march by day and read Xenophon by night.")
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To: asgardshill

How on earth did I miss this the first time around?


59 posted on 12/07/2004 6:18:38 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum europe vincendarum)
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To: asgardshill
You could at least try to say it to the tune. :)
60 posted on 12/07/2004 6:20:53 PM PST by Tealc (Mail me if you want on or off my Jaffa, Kree! ping list)
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To: dead

Maybe someone told the bears that a big forest fire was coming and they are just trying to be prepared.


61 posted on 12/07/2004 6:22:58 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Xenalyte

Yeah ~ they think it's beary funny to scare the "flammables" after dark!

62 posted on 12/07/2004 6:39:37 PM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: snooker
probably an ~


63 posted on 12/07/2004 6:46:41 PM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: avg_freeper
ME TOO!!!

Some of my dearest friends...

are polar bears!!

64 posted on 12/07/2004 6:53:57 PM PST by Zacs Mom ("In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Jefferson)
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To: dead; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow; martin_fierro; Thinkin' Gal; Billthedrill; Petronski; ...
Once they’re impervious to fire, they’ll be no stopping the polar bears from ruling the world.

Fear not!

Polar bears may be turning to cannibalism

65 posted on 06/12/2006 6:43:12 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dighton

Well, it's been two years. Any polar bear fires lately?


66 posted on 06/12/2006 6:57:30 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: dead
Nooooooooo.

When the polar bears attack we won't be able to use flame throwers.

We're all going to diiiiiiiiieeeeeeee. Aiyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

67 posted on 06/12/2006 6:58:44 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: martin_fierro

I dare to care how a polar bear would fare during a solar flare.


68 posted on 06/12/2006 7:01:03 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: dighton
A limerick? Great heavens, this one calls for a sonnet!

One night I dreamt I was an Eskimo
With furry coat, a dogsled and harpoons
A frozen feller on a Northern floe
With ice-axe, rope, and on my boots crampoons
Stalking was I, out for the crafty seal
Just like the one from out my car I blew
“It’s just ice cream,” that penguin made appeal
But never mind that old joke, I beg you
A polar bear then walked up, burning bright
And stared at me, his pallid fur a-sizzle
And said “Yo Bill, this ain’t no Northern Light,
It just ain’t good to smoke up all that shizzle.
So pass the Sterno, count your limbs, beware,
You're breakfast for a Nomex polar bear.”

What do you mean "don't give up the day job?"

69 posted on 06/12/2006 7:16:00 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
A long-lost work of Robert Sizzervice?

;-)

70 posted on 06/12/2006 7:37:34 PM PDT by dighton
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To: dead

Dang. I thought maybe the scare was over the possibility that we might start harvesting polar bears for their flame retardant blubber.


71 posted on 06/12/2006 7:38:32 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Sender

How do people like you do things like that! With a reward large as life or a gun to my head I could not be as clever like that in 5 years of trying.


72 posted on 06/12/2006 7:42:15 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: avg_freeper
And I, for one, welcome our new polar overlords.

They really can't do worse than the current overlords. I for one will appreciate there "direct" approach to issues.

OH MY GO...Burp

73 posted on 06/12/2006 7:48:07 PM PDT by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: MilspecRob

Thanks very much!


74 posted on 06/13/2006 5:31:35 AM PDT by Sender ("Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-b*tches we're going up against. By God, I do".)
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