Want to learn more about persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and the actions at EU level to face this challenge? The Science for Environment Policy issued a Future Brief which presents recent research into POPs’ potential impacts, the levels and future outlook for POPs in the environment and humans, and how we can reduce our use of POPs.
The majority of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) identified until now are banned or restricted around the world owing to concerns about their harm to ecosystems and human health. However, this is not the end of the story; even long-banned POPs still linger in the environment; others are still in use and are being directly emitted; and new POPs may be identified for which we have limited information.
The Future Brief presents a selection of recent studies and analyses which highlight some of POPs’ impacts on wild species and the human health effects which result from environmental contamination. It also presents data on changing levels of POPs in the environment — in air, water and animals — with some forecasts of future levels, and indications of the positive effects of regulation. Finally, it considers methods for how to substitute POPs in products and processes with safer alternatives.