“Manmade toxic chemicals have reached the deepest parts of the ocean and are damaging marine creatures that live in perpetual darkness, a study has found.

Crustaceans collected from the ocean floor six miles below the surface in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana and Kermadec trenches were found to contain ten times more industrial pollution than the average earthworm.

The shrimp-like creatures, known as amphipods, had extremely high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in their fatty tissue. These include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) which were commonly used as electrical insulators and flame retardants but were banned in the 1980s.

Exposure to these chemicals, which do not degrade, weakens the immune system and reduces breeding success.”

This is factually incorrect as PBDEs in flame retardants have not been banned in the UK and are still a component today.