Persistent Organic Pollutants

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Terms & Synonyms

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Official WHO Definition

Other Definitions

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.

POPs have been linked to adverse effects on human health and animals, such as cancer, damage to the nervous system, reproductive disorders, and disruption of the immune system. Because they circulate globally via the atmosphere, oceans, and other pathways, POPs released in one part of the world can travel to regions far from their source of origin.

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Interpretations and Explanations

References

Organic Pollutants WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See Also

Persistent Pesticides

Persistent Organic Pollutants

External Resources

The UNEP website on Persistent Organic Pollutants

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

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