Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Jun 19, 2024

Current Affair 1:

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are organic chemical substances, that is, they are carbon-based. They possess a particular combination of physical and chemical properties such that, once released into the environment, they:

Specific effects of POPs can include cancer, allergies and hypersensitivity, damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems, reproductive disorders, and disruption of the immune system.

Some POPs are also considered to be endocrine disrupters, which, by altering the hormonal system, can damage the reproductive and immune systems of exposed individuals as well as their offspring; they can also have developmental and carcinogenic effects.

There are now many POPs under the Stockholm Convention. But the initial 12 were:

Learn about Stockholm Convention:

The text of the Stockholm Convention was adopted by the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries (Stockholm, 22 May 2001) and entered into force on 17 May 2004.

The chemicals targeted by the Stockholm Convention are listed in the annexes:

India ratified the Stockholm Convention on January 13, 2006, after signing it in May 2002.


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