Under current legislation, many of today’s commercial chemicals have not been tested for potential endocrine-disrupting properties. But the increasing incidences of endocrine-related diseases observed in wildlife today and the increasing number of chemicals identified to potentially have endocrine disrupting properties is a matter of concern. This concern is based on general knowledge of how hormone systems work, in combination with available knowledge about how chemicals can interfere with these systems. This knowledge has been convincingly shown in studies using experimental animals as well as in wildlife. Taken together, this gives reason for concern.

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Fact Sheet: Effects shown of endocrine disrupting chemicals in the marine environment (310 Kb)

Hanna Sjölund

Advocacy and Analysis Officer, Baltic Eye, Baltic Sea Centre
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Foto: Hans Kautsky/Azote
Foto: Hans Kautsky/Azote