They are called "The Dirty Dozen" by the United Nations and "hand-me-down poisons that threaten wildlife and people" by the World Wildlife Fund. These are names for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) What are they? Whats all the fuss? Lets find out!
First, read this background information:
Then, choose a POP to research. Here is a good place to start: Print out a copy of this POP table so that you can organize your notes (this file is in PDF format). Then do an Internet search to find additional information about the POP you have chosen. Here are some links to use:
IPEN is a global network working to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment around the world.
When you find out where the POP is produced and used, mark those countries on a map of the world and a map of a continent.
You can print copies of maps from these websites: