The Fate of Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Environment

  • Ebru Mehmetli
  • Bogdana Koumanova

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series book series (NAPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Regulatory Aspects

  3. Monitoring Activities and Current Situation

    1. Leondios Leondiadis, Danae Costopoulou, Irene Vassiliadou, Athanasios Papadopoulos
      Pages 83-98
    2. Perihan B. Kurt-Karakus, Terry F. Bidleman, Liisa M. Jantunen, Kevin C. Jones
      Pages 99-112
    3. B. Revich, A. Shelepchikov
      Pages 113-126
    4. Leyla Tolun, Fatma Telli-Karakoc, Bernhard Henkelmann, Karl-Werner Schramm, Oya S. Okay
      Pages 127-139
    5. Sergey Kakareka, Anna Malchykhina
      Pages 141-150
    6. Anna Cumanova, Gavril Gilca, Nadia Orlova
      Pages 161-171
    7. Ott Roots, Mart Simm, Hannu Kiviranta, Panu Rantakokko
      Pages 173-185
  4. Sources, Release Pathways, Fate, and Transport

About these proceedings


Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds of natural or anthropogenic origin that resist photolytic, chemical and biological degradation. They are characterized by low water solubility and high lipid solubility, resulting in bioaccumulation in fatty tissues of living organisms. These properties of unusual high persistence and semi-volatility, coupled with other characteristics, have resulted in the presence of POPs all over the world, even in regions where they have never been used. With the evidence of long-range transport of these substances to regions, the international community has now, at several occasions called for urgent global actions to reduce and eliminate releases of these chemicals. Many countries have already banned or severely restricted the production and use of the twelve POPs in recent decades. Yet they remain a serious problem around the world. Because these chemicals have the ability to travel long distances from their original sources, relying on national-level action alone is ultimately a futile effort.

This book employs a science-based approach to identify and take action against POPs, and additionally, provides access to technical information on POPs. The book will be an overview of the existing POP monitoring activities and programs.


contaminants ecosystem ecosystems environment human health pesticide pollution safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Ebru Mehmetli
    • 1
  • Bogdana Koumanova
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry and Environment InstituteGebze, KocaeliTurkey
  2. 2.University of Chemical Technology and MetallurgySofiaBulgaria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6640-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6642-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6519
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