Eight Greenpeace teams have returned from expeditions on three continents carrying water and snow samples from remote areas for laboratory testing. The tests will show just how far contamination from PFCs – persistent and hazardous chemicals used to make outdoor gear waterproof – has spread.
Some of the expeditions were very challenging, with extreme weather conditions and hundreds of metres to climb. Others were pleasant hikes with stunning landscapes and wildlife.
In China, we took samples from a snow peak above 5,100 metres. The expedition team woke at dawn to climb 1,000 metres, gather samples and return to the base-camp before sunset.
In Chile's Torres del Paine national park, the team faced temperatures of minus 13 Celsius and winds of over 50 kilometres per hour as they trekked ... Read more >