FÖRORENINGSHOTEN MOT BOTTNISKAVIKEN Pollution Threats to the Gulf of Bothnia
The largest point emissions of heavy metals and persistent organic substances in the land area surrounding the Gulf of Bothnia have now been virtually eliminated. Despite this, the environment in this region is not approaching a preindustrial state.
Like other regions, the Gulf of Bothnia region is affected by long-range atmospheric transport of persistent organic substances. In a long-term perspective, this is a source of concern because the Gulf of Bothnia is located in a climate zone where deposition of important groups of polychlorinated organic compounds present in the atmosphere can be expected. In addition, the Gulf of Bothnia is mainly oligotrophie in character and is therefore particularly vulnerable to toxic substances “Complete abstract not presented.”