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The toxic legacy of DDT lives on in remote Canadian lakes

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After Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book Silent Spring exposed the dangers of widespread pesticide use in 1962, many chemicals, including dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, were restricted or banned starting in the early 1970s. But their chemical legacy lives on: A new study has found alarmingly high levels of DDT in remote wilderness lakes in northern New Brunswick, Canada, as well as evidence that the pesticide continues to impact aquatic species and alter the lakes' food webs more than 50 years after being banned. more

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