Scientists identify most pressing issues posed by chemicals in the environment

phys.org | 7/20/2018 | Staff
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Scientists have identified 22 key research questions surrounding the risks associated with chemicals in the environment in Europe.

Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality.

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Now, an international study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry involving scientists from the University of York has identified the 22 most important research questions that need to be answered to fill the most pressing knowledge gaps over the next decade.

The list includes questions about which chemicals pose the greatest threat to European populations and ecosystems, where the hotspots of key contaminants are around the globe, and how we can develop methods to protect the environment.

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The research, which resulted from a recent 'big questions' exercise involving researchers from across Europe, aims to serve as a roadmap for policy makers, regulators, industry and funders and result in a more coordinated approach to studying and regulating chemicals in the environment.

One of the lead authors of the study, Dr. Alistair Boxall from the University of York's Environment Department, said: "Our research has highlighted international scientists' research priorities and our key knowledge gaps when it comes to the risks and impacts of...
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