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Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution 2010

Part C - Persistent Organic Pollutants

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This is one part of a four-volume set that presents a state-of-the-science assessment of the intercontinental transport of air pollutants across the Northern Hemisphere. The first three volumes are technical assessments of the state-of-science with respect to intercontinental transport of ozone and particulate matter, mercury, and persistent organic pollutants. The fourth volume is a synthesis of the main findings and recommendations of Parts A, B, and C organized around a series of policy-relevant questions that were identified at the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution’s first meeting.

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Summary

POPs, by definition, are hazardous to human health and wildlife. Given their persistence in the environment, atmospheric long-range transport (LRT) of POPs constitutes an important pathway for the wide distribution of POPs, leading to human exposure and ecosystem impacts. For many POPs the main route of human exposure is through food, adding complexity to the overall risk assessment of POPs.

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