Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemicals that resist environmental degradation and cause deleterious effects on the environment and human wellbeing. Once released into the environment they can travel long distances and persist for longer duration. This book highlights the complex area of POPs in simple language and deals with the fundamentals of the chemicals, their sources, and impacts on human health.
The book also unfolds several other aspects like new and advanced analytical detection methods, gaps in management, effectiveness of the Stockholm convention, and the role of the global monitoring plan on POPs for crucial and holistic understanding about POPs. It also investigates how to minimize the impact of POPs and the major gaps and challenges in sound management of POPs.
With its comprehensive approach, this book is an indispensable source of knowledge for those studying and working to mitigate the effect of POPs in the environment.
Table of Contents
1. Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Global Issue, A Global Response. 2. Classical and Emerging POPs in Environment. 3. Environmental Fate: Toxicity and Risk Assessment of POPs. 4. Effect of POPs on Human Health. 5. Recent Advancements and Drawbacks in Analytical methods for Detection of POPs. 6. Degradation Pathways of POPs in the Environment. 7. Effectiveness of Stockholm Convention: An Overview. 8. Alternatives of POPs for a Healthy Life. 9. Global Monitoring Plan on POPs. 10. Management of POPs: Current Gaps and Associated Challenges
Dr. Kanchan Kumari is Senior Scientist at CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur, Assistant Professor, AcSIR and Contact Person at Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Asia Region on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. She has been with NEERI, Nagpur since 2011 and actively involved in research and development in the area of chemical wastes, particularly POPs along with ecology and biodiversity. She is leading various major project funded by UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, DBT, MoEF&CC, and CPCB as Principal Investigator.