Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemical compounds that remain in the environment rather than breaking down or undergoing chemical change. They accumulate through the food chain and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.
POPs are highly soluble in lipids, which allows them to build up in animals in a food chain. The chemicals are also able to travel through the atmosphere, allowing them to be found in regions far from where they originated. Some examples of POPs are dioxins, DDT, and hexachlorobenzene.
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