Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are extremely toxic
substances for environment and human health at a world scale.
Their physical and chemical properties, particularly
their high stability, give them ubiquity and capacity of
accumulation in the leaving organisms and nature. POPs
are man- made compounds (not naturally found) such as PCB,
some pesticides, insecticides and contaminants of paper
and hydrocarbon industries, and substances which delay
fire. They may also result of combustion (dioxin, furan).
Governmental organisations get on togather to focus action
on 12 or 16 selected POPs.
POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment
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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. In implementing
the Convention, Governments will take measures to eliminate
or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.