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  • Author(s)Stuart Harrad
  • Edition1
  • Published18th December 2009
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9781405169301
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 2001 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 2008, a further 12 chemicals are under consideration for

This book addresses all of these chemicals, but focuses
particularly on currently listed POPs that are still of major
concern (e.g. polychlorinated biphenyls - PCBs), as well as new and
emerging POPs that have been the subject of an explosion of
scientific interest in the last decade, i.e. brominated flame
retardants (BFRs) and perfluorinated  chemicals (PFCs). Other
chapters address the challenges posed by the presence of POPs in
the developing world; how the properties of chiral POPs can provide
unique insights into their environmental sources, fate and
behaviour; and issues arising from the presence of POPs in urban
and indoor environments. Persistent Organic Pollutants
provides a much-anticipated reference source for a wide audience
including academics, industrial scientists and regulators.

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