Closure of lakes lab prompts protest in Canada

A biologist checks the fishing nets in Lake 240, as part of an experiment examining the effects of flame retardants (found in TVs and couches) on lakes.  The study showed they break down into even more toxic chemicals.  Photo provided by Diane Orihel.

It’s not every day you see hundreds of scientists in white lab coats taking to the streets in a show of political force. But that’s what happened yesterday in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

The protesters say the Canadian government is muzzling its scientists and slashing environmental research.

My story, which aired yesterday on The World, highlights one of the unlikely triggers of this protest — a research facility deep in the Canadian forest.

~ by Ari Daniel on July 12, 2012.

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