04 Website Design

Event 04 Website Design – Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Persistent organic pollutants or POPs, for short, are toxic chemicals that are both harmful to humans and the environment. In 2001 more than 90 countries have come together to try and stop the generation and spreading of these pollutants. Many POPs are generated by humans and come from pesticides and industrial chemicals. Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is an example of a POP that is both produced as an industrial chemical and used as a pesticide.


This year's Website Design event focuses on POPs

Students are expected to review:
- Sources of POPs
- The chemistry of POPs
- The current state of POPs pollution - where, how much, local and global levels
- Current and future solutions to POPs

The website will define the issue, including a breadth of various POPs that lead to human toxicity detrimental effects to the environment, and review processes and policy to address it, with a focus on the chemistry of the problem.



Design a website that:

  • Educates the reader on what designates a chemical as a POP as described under the original Stockholm Convention in 2001.
  • Lists the Dirty Dozen and includes their structures.
  • Illustrates the chemical features thought to lead to the toxicity of these molecules.
  • Discusses in detail the sources and emission of POPs and illustrates which are intentionally vs. unintentionally produced.
  • Defines the dosage and toxicity of POPs.  Detail the potential ill effects to the environment including plants, animals, and human beings.
  • Detail the specific ill effects POPs have on child health and development.
  • Discuss management and remediation that are in current use as well as ones in the planning stages.
  • Include citations for ALL sources of information. Use at least three non-web resources such as academic papers and science books.
  • Make sure the site is attractive and easy-to-use