|Persistent Organic Pollutants|
|Written by Gennia Oxley|
|Thursday, 01 July 2010 07:25|
The Stockholm Convention has targeted the most persistent and toxic chemicals created; refered to as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Some of these chemicals were used as pesticides, some used in electrical transformers and hydraulic equipment and some as by-products of industrial processes.
The Stockholm Convention
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is a global treaty to
Importance of Stockholm Convention
Exposure to POPs can result in its gradual accumulation in the fatty tissues and cause cancer
The Stockholm Convention protects people and the environment from POPs by:
Two industrial chemicals
The unintentional by-products of Dioxins and Furans have been added to the list. These compounds result from combustion and industrial processes but have no commercial use. These chemicals are among the most potent cancer causing chemicals.
[Author: At A Glance Pamphlet of the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention UNEP]