Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Posted: 5 March 2003

Persistant Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife. POPs circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they travel. Such pollutants include toxix chemicals like DDT, Chlordane, and Endrin, Dioxins and Furans, among many others. The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs). In implementing the Convention, governments will take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment. For more information see: Ridding the World of POPs: A guide to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants