Persistent Organic Pollutants: Environmental Behavior and Pathways of Human Exposure
Edited by Stuart Harrad
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) continue to be the subject of concern
amongst the public, as well as the scientific and policy-making communities. These concerns
are exemplified by the international efforts co-ordinated by the United Nations' Environment
Programme and the Economic Commission for Europe. Whilst the ultimate origin of this
concern is the adverse effects of persistent organic pollutants in both humans and wildlife, there
are other factors involved. In particular, whilst ambient concentrations of POPs in air and
water present little direct hazard via inhalation and ingestion respectively, their propensity for
transfer through the food chain means that species at the top of the ecological pyramid -
including humans - can be exposed to concentrations of concern via their diet. Furthermore,
their ability to undergo long-range atmospheric transport means that they represent a truly
cross-boundary problem for mankind.
Hardbound 288 pp ISBN 9780792372271
Persistent Organic Pollutants focuses on the sources, atmospheric behaviour,
terrestrial and aquatic food chain transfer, and human exposure and fate aspects of this
important class of chemicals. Other topical issues are addressed, namely: temporal trends in
contamination; their transport to polar regions; and the significance of the former Warsaw Pact
nations of Central and Eastern Europe as both a global reservoir and source of POPs. Whilst
the main focus is on PCDD/Fs, PCBs, and PAH; other organochlorine POPs such as DDT,
lindane, and dieldrin are covered.
Persistent Organic Pollutants also provides up-to-date, detailed, and authoritative
coverage required by academics, environmental consultants, and policy-makers. Sufficient intro
ductory material is also included to be of relevance to final year undergraduates, Masters and
PhD students in Environmental Science/Chemistry
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- List of Contributors.
- 1. Budget and Source Inventories: Issues and Challenges; G.H. Eduljee.
- 2. Atmospheric Fate and Behaviour; M.F. Simcik.
- 3. Transfer of POPs into Vegetation: Mechanisms and Implications; G.M. Currado, S. Harrad.
- 4. Transport and Fate in Food Animals; G.F. Fries.
- 5. Human Exposure and Fate; A.K.D. Liem, C.E.J. Cuijpers, M.J. Zeilmaker.
- 6. Assessing Bioaccumulation Factors of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Aquatic Food-Chains; F.A.P.C. Gobas.
- 7. Temporal Trends in Environmental Contamination; G. Sanders.
- 8. Long-Range Transport: Implications for Polar Regions; C.J. Halsall.
- 9. An Eastern European Perspective; I. Holoubek.
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