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Chemicals in the seas

April 11, 2010

A recent study has found an unlikely chemical that has accumulated in the world’s oceans. Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been found at relatively high concentrations in seawater and sand samples, worrying scientists and health professionals worldwide. This chemical is commonly found in shatter-proof plastic water bottles, which often collect in our planet’s most precious natural resource: its waters. When these toxin-carrying bottles find their way to the seas, the plastic breaks down quickly, releasing the BPA into the water.

So how does this affect us? Well, it turns out that BPA is a sneaky little chemical, that disguises itself at estrogen upon entering the human body. It’s been linked to heart disease, sterility, and altered childhood development and scientists are concerned about its potential negative effect on the brain and behavior, among other things.

To read more about this nasty chemical and its effects on both humans and sea creatures alike, follow this link to the original article from Wired.com:

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