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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Gregory Rose

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 April 2019

Subject(s):
Pollution — Marine environment, protection — Sustainable development — Responsibility of states

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Persistent organic pollutants (‘POPs’) are chemical compounds that are resistant to degradation and that bioaccumulate in human and animal fatty tissue. They are man-made, and include pesticides, industrial chemicals, and unintentional chemical by-products. 2 The semi-volatility of POPs allows these compounds to enter the atmosphere and travel vast distances. POPs are present in every geographical area worldwide, including regions where they have not been produced or used. 3 The persistent, bioaccumulative nature of POPs results in magnified concentrations in...
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