New Green Science Policy Map: Wildlife Polluted by Flame Retardants on Massive Scale

Our American collaborators at the Green Science Policy Institute have recently published a new interactive map highlighting the shocking chemical flame-retardant exposure and associated health effects for wildlife across the world.  

Visit the map and zoom around the globe to see the dots on every continent, representing more than 150 species of wild animals contaminated with these harmful chemicals. They include numerous endangered species such as chimpanzees and red pandas, as well as orcas (killer whales) and North Berwick’s beloved gannets. 

This timely map marks the need for changes to the UK’s current outdated furniture fire safety regulations. In our response to the recent government consultation, ‘Smarter Regulation: Fire safety of domestic upholstered furniture’, we have called for innovative and sustainable fire safety approaches without use of harmful chemicals. Effective fire safety without relying on heavy quantities of chemical flame retardants is possible and is being done in the US, the EU and other countries around the world today. The UK must follow suite to protect wildlife and the wider environment from these toxic and unnecessary chemicals used in our everyday furniture and furnishings. 

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