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POP chemical assessment in the future: emerging and legacy compounds in the Pacific Island region

Lal, Vincent V. and Mueller, J.F. (2010) POP chemical assessment in the future: emerging and legacy compounds in the Pacific Island region. Organohalogen Compounds, 72 . pp. 1699-1702. ISSN 1026-4892

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The Pacific Island region (PIR) is spread over an area of 30 million square kilometers and has around 7500 islands of which 500 are inhabited16. Most island nations within the PIR are isolated from the developed nations and hold some of the most pristine and delicate ecosystems. However, recent studies in Fiji indicate the presence of a group of toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in terrestrial / marine and the atmospheric environment12. Under the Stockholm Convention, POPs are restricted for production, importationor use and are banned in most developed nations. The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty on elimination of POPs and came into force in May 2004. Fiji was the second country after Canada to ratify the Stockholm Convention, thereby agreeing to formulate a national implementation plan to monitor and control the release of POPs in the country. POPs are hazardous chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulate in food chains and have the potential to impact at all levels of the trophic system. Only a few studies on pesticide levels have been carried out in the PIR, including Fiji, and relatively little is known on the occurrence of organochlorine chemicals.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 01:54
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 08:45

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