Table of Contents

Persistent Organic Pollutants; Contents; Contributors; 1 Beyond the Stockholm Convention: An Introduction to Current Issues and Future Challenges in POPs Research; 2 Brominated Flame Retardants; 3 Perfluoroalkyl Compounds; 4 Chirality as an Environmental Forensics Tool; 5 Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Developing World; 6 Sources, Fate and Effects of Contaminant Emissions in Urban Areas; 7 The Contamination of Indoor Environments with Persistent Organic Pollutants; 8 The Chemicals That Will Not Go Away: Implications for Human Exposure to Reservoirs of POPs; Index. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds 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. The Stockholm Convention on POPs is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from POPs which came into force in 2004. Currently, twelve substances or substance groups are included under the Stockholm Convention, but there is a case for including new and emerging POPs such as brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated substances.
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds 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. The Stockholm Convention on POPs is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from POPs which came into force in 2004. Currently, twelve substances or substance groups are included under the Stockholm Convention, but there is a case for including new and emerging POPs such as brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated substances.