POPs treaty talks end in success

A global treaty to regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) was agreed in December at a meeting in Johannesburg. The treaty bans the production and use of an initial nine chemicals, but its heaviest burdens will fall on developing nations with large stockpiles of banned pesticides. Its main implications for developed countries will be in regulating emissions of dioxins as well as existing and new chemicals with POPs properties.

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