On 7 November 2017, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will host an Another Drop Lecture on “Legacy and Emerging Contaminants in Fish, Wildlife, and Humans: What Are the Concerns?” This lecture will be presented by Dr Karen Kidd, Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health at McMaster University.
Thousands of chemicals are produced and released by industries and used in consumer goods. As a result, many of these chemicals are released into the environment and find their way into freshwaters and the aquatic food web. For decades, there have been concerns about the effects of these chemicals on fish, fish-eating wildlife, and humans. Some chemicals are persistent in the environment and are concentrated in food webs, resulting in high exposures in top predators; others are less persistent, yet continually discharged in wastewater and are therefore ‘pseudo-persistent’.
This lecture will describe some of the current understanding of the environmental effects of legacy and emerging contaminants; the broader and similar patterns of chemical exposures in humans, wildlife, and fish; and the effectiveness of international treaties in reducing these exposures.
For more information, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.