POPs are a set of chemicals that are toxic, persist in the environment for long periods of time, and biomagnify as they move through the food chain - Source: EPA U.S.
POPs have been linked to adverse effects on human health and animals, such as cancer, damage to the nervous system, reproductive disorders, and disruption of the immune system. Because they circulate globally via the atmosphere, oceans, and other pathways, POPs released in one part of the world can travel to regions far from their source of origin.
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