An Overview of Environmental Challenges to the Health of North America’s Children
Over the past several years it has become increasingly clear that environmental hazards pose a particular threat to children. At the same time, we have deepened our understanding of how pollutants like mercury, lead, DDT, dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants are transported vast distances by wind, water or commerce. Given that children are increasingly being exposed to environmental contaminants of foreign origin through long-range transport of contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), coupled with the knowledge that children are a more susceptible population to the effects of these and other environmental contaminants, it is clear that there is a strong need for global cooperation and a well-coordinated regional effort in order to truly protect our children.
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