Tag Archive for ‘Polychlorinated biphenyls’
The Silent Killer: PCB pollutants threaten dolphin and killer whale populations in the UK and Europe
In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote the iconic book, Silent Spring, alerting us to the horrific effects of man-made chemicals on the natural world. She predicted a planet where unexplained illness and death were the norm and species disappeared overnight. The world fell silent as birds vanished from our trees, poisoned as intensive agriculture turned to more obscure chemicals for pest and weed control. In part, the world heeded her warning – stricter controls were put in place, and some compounds were removed from production – but were we too late to save some of our most iconic species?