07 May 2007 11:41 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Many developing countries are struggling to keep Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) at bay amid a lack of funding and technical assistance, according to findings at a recent United Nations-backed meeting.
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DDT is one of the 12 toxic chemicals that signatories to the Stockholm Convention on POPs are looking to eliminate globally. The chemical is used primarily used as an insecticide.
Other concerns include the disposal of POP wastes, inadequate financial and technical resources for developing countries and the need for more data on dioxin and furan emissions, especially in
Abdoulaye Wade, president of
He urged countries to switch from chemical to organic fertilizers, a practice currently in place in
Research has shown that the toxicity of DDT does not diminish easily over time in soil and water.
While environmentalists say DDT causes diseases such as cancer and liver damage in humans, the World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed its use as a means to contain malaria and in areas where there are epidemics.
Signatories to the Stockholm Convention that allow the use of DDT include
Separately, delegates discussed the issue of furan and dioxin emissions, with
The fourth conference on the parties of the Stockholm Convention on POPS will be held in
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