Map Reveals “Forever Chemicals” in Animals Around the World

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has created a first-of-its-kind interactive map that reveals substantial Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination in wildlife across the globe. PFAS are a class of synthetic chemical compounds widely used in industrial and commercial products. They are known as the “forever chemicals” because they can persist in the environment and in the body for hundreds, even thousands, of years. EWG’s map consolidates more than one hundred recent studies that have documented PFAS chemicals in over 330 species of wildlife around the world, including many types of fish, birds, reptiles, frogs and other amphibians, as well as large and small mammals.