Monitoring of POPs in the hydrosphere of Indonesia

Global contamination by POPs is now of international concern (Kannan et al., 1995, Allsopp et al., 1997). It is related to the negative impact of POPs to the environment. After release into the environment, POPs disperse widely across environmental compartment, and may endanger a significant part of the biosphere, including human beings. Their global transportation makes every place in the world vulnerable to pollution by POPs, and the world’s oceans gradually become the largest reservoir of the most persistent chemicals. Their resistance to degradation and the high bioaccumulative capacity jeopardize the health of biological organisms, which are incapable of metabolizing or excreting these synthetic compounds. High-ranking members in food chains such as fish-eating birds, marine animals and mammals including human beings are most seriously threatened.

Related Subject(s): Environment and Climate Change
Countries: Indonesia
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