Description Persistent Organic Pollutants POPs are toxic, resistant to degradation, bioaccumulative, and display wide spatial distribution. They accumulate in humans and wildlife, and have been linked to cancer, as well as reproductive and immunological disorders. In a global treaty on POPs was agreed, to minimise and ultimately eliminate the release of POPs into the environment.
The Stockholm Convention lists 12 groups of chemicals, and as of late , a further 12 chemicals are under consideration for inclusion. He edited Persistent Organic Pollutants: Permissions Request permission to reuse content from this site. Table of contents Features 1.
Beyond the Stockholm Convention: Brominated Flame Retardants Robin J. Perfluoroalkyl Compounds Naomi L. Muir, and Scott Mabury. This will be the first book to cover emerging and candidate POPs.
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) continue to be the subject of concern amongst the public, Environmental Behaviour and Pathways of Human Exposure. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic, resistant to degradation, Organic Pollutants: Environmental Behaviour and Pathways of Human Exposure .
Because of their lipophilicity , many POPs concentrate in organisms and accumulate to high levels in the top members of the food web such as predatory fish and birds, mammals and humans. Certain chemicals possess the ability to cross the placenta, while others are retained. Several contaminants present in the mother's body are thus handed down to the developing embryo in the womb—they are transferred to offspring across the placenta and through mother's milk.
Adverse effects include cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive dysfunction, behavioral abnormalities, birth defects, and interference with the immune and nervous systems. Environmental Behaviour and Pathways of Human Exposure. United Nations Environmental Programme.
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