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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