Persistent organic pollutants : the basics -- "We feel like an endangered species" : toxics in the Arctic -- CFCs, global warming, and ozone depletion -- The chemical industry, nonwhite communities, and the Third World -- Belugas with tumors : the toxic toll on animals -- End of the line : the dirty dozen and human health -- Toxic Barbie? : not your great-grandmother's estrogen -- Solutions : public policy issues. "This study examines the history, industrial uses, and harmful effects of the twelve most commonly used organochloride chemicals. All have been fully or partially banned by the Stockholm Protocol, an international treaty signed by about 120 countries in December 2000. Among the twelve are the dioxins (the active ingredient in Agent Orange) and polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs), which are toxic in minute quantities. Johansen pays special attention to the Inuit of the Arctic, where these chemicals have been bio-accumulating to dangerous levels, moving up the food chain to a degree of toxicity that some Inuit mothers are no longer able to safely breast-feed their infants."--Jacket.