Environmental Impacts of Released Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

In the past several years, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, commonly used in flame retardants, have become widespread environmental pollutants, and have been detected in water, soil, air, animals and human tissues. Exposure occurs in particular through the diet and the indoor environment.

The main non-point source of PBDEs is household trash (e.g., furniture, bedding, foam cushions, and electronics). The release of PBDEs causes serious problems both to human and wildlife. The rising concern has prompted many legislative bodies around the world to begin discussion of banning the manufacture and use of certain PBDEs. It is presumed that PBDEs are endocrine disruptors, but research in this area is scant. Further studies are imperative in a multitude of health and environmental disciplines to determine the adverse effects and mode of action of this pollutant on human health and on wildlife.

Copyright: © Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Source: 2nd International Conference 2009 (Juni 2009)
Pages: 6
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Autor: Prof. Dr. Evangelos Gidarakos
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