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Monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in Africa. Part 1: Passive air sampling across the continent in 2008

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Abstract

A 6-month air sampling survey was conducted at 26 sites across the African continent with the aim to establish baseline information on contamination of ambient air with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) as a reference for future monitoring programs in the region. Sampling sites included continental, rural and urban backgrounds, agricultural and industrial sites as well as waste and obsolete pesticide dumps. Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans, polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides were low at most of the rural background sites, but they raise some concern in big cities. The large temporal variability in the pesticide concentrations suggested seasonal application of γ-HCHs and endosulfans; levels of p,p′-DDT were often much higher than those of p,p′-DDE and indicated recent application of DDT.

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The article was received on 07 Jul 2009, accepted on 27 Aug 2009 and first published on 25 Sep 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B913415H
J. Environ. Monit., 2009,11, 1952-1963

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    Monitoring of persistent organic pollutants in Africa. Part 1: Passive air sampling across the continent in 2008

    J. Klánová, P. Čupr, I. Holoubek, J. Borůvková, P. Přibylová, R. Kareš, T. Tomšej and T. Ocelka, J. Environ. Monit., 2009, 11, 1952
    DOI: 10.1039/B913415H

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