Category Archives: POPs

The Madrid Statement

The Madrid statement on Poly-and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) was presented at the 34th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants, held 31 August-5 September 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Since then the Statement has been signed by 206 scientists and professionals from 40 countries. The scientists call on the international community to cooperate in limiting the production…
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New harmonised standard method for analysis of PAH

Polycyclic (or Polynuclear) Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) is a large group of related substances with more fused benzene rings. PAH occur for instance as mixtures in petroleum products and coals. In addition, PAH mixtures are formed at incomplete combustion and pyrolysis of organic matters e.g. in wood stoves and smokeries, and they have become important air pollutants, especially…
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Dioxin 2014 in Madrid, Spain

Every year there is a very large International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants arranged somewhere in the World. These days from August 31st - September 5th the 34th Symposium is going on in Madrid, Spain. The symposium chair is my friend Dr. Begona Jiménez, I met at a EU project evaluation meeting some years ago.…
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High concentrations of environmental toxins in freshwater fish i Norway

Lake Mjøsa A new large study (in Norwegian with summary in English) of  three large lakes in Norway revealed that toxic chemicals emitted from common consumer products still accumulate at high concentrations in freshwater fish and zooplankton. The analysed chemicals were mercury, siloxanes, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS). The highest…
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