Major Reports and Publications

Ambient Air Pollution: Health Hazards to Children

This policy statement by the American Association of Pediatrics summarizes the recent literature linking ambient air pollution to adverse health outcomes in children and includes a perspective on the current regulatory process. The statement provides advice to pediatricians on how to integrate issues regarding air quality and health into patient education and children's environmental health advocacy.

Annual Arctic Report Cards

An international team of research scientists has created this peer-reviewed website which tracks multiple changes in the arctic environment. The Report Card is organized by NOAA and will be updated annually.

Chemical-Biological Terrorism and Its Impact on Children

This policy statement by the American Association of Pediatrics covers the effects of chemical and biological agents on children and the possible effects on health care resources in the event of a terrorist attack.

Current State & Trends Assessment: Polar Systems, Chapter 25: Polar Systems

By the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. This chapter discusses the impact of polar climate change on human, animal and biodiversity. Contains longitudinal data about Arctic regions, climate change, and biodiversity. Discussions on human impacts and contamination of the Arctic region are presented. This chapter is part of an assessment to study the impact humans have on ecosystems. (PDF, 994 KB)

Environmental Health Risks of the Arctic Assessed

The summary report of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment and Programme. The full article can be found in the International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 2002 Nov 61(4):300-318. (PDF, 37 KB)

Environmental Tobacco Smoke: A Hazard to Children

This policy statement by the American Association of Pediatrics reviews the evidence that children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke have higher rates of lower respiratory illness during their first year of life, higher rates of middle ear effusion, and higher rates of sudden infant death syndrome. In addition, children with asthma whose parents smoke have more severe symptoms and more frequent exacerbations.

Giving traditional ecological knowledge its rightful place in environmental impact assessment

Traditional ecological knowledge is a cumulative body of knowledge and beliefs, handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of living beings (including humans) with one another and with their environment.

Healthy People 2020 - Environmental Health

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Healthy People 2020 environmental health has six goals: outdoor air quality, surface and ground water quality, toxic substances and hazardous wastes, homes and communities, infrastructure and surveillance and global environmental health.

Northern lights against POPs: Combatting threats in the Arctic

D.L. Downie, T. Fenge (eds.), McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003, 347 pages. Long-range transport by air and water carries many pollutants to the circumpolar north, where they threaten the health and cultural survival of Inuit and other northern Indigenous peoples. This book reveals the key links among environmental and health science, international politics, advocacy, law, and global negotiations.                            

Northern overexposure

Environmental Health Perspectives article on pollution in the Arctic.

Silent snow: The slow poisoning of the Arctic

M. Cone, Grove Press, 2005, 246 pages. Traditionally thought of as the last great unspoiled territory on Earth, the Arctic is in reality home to some of the most contaminated people and animals on the planet. Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Marla Cone traveled across the Arctic, from Greenland to the Aleutian Islands, to find out why the Arctic is toxic.                            

State of the Arctic Environment Report

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), established in 1991 under the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), was given the responsibility to monitor the levels and assess the effects of selected anthropogenic pollutants in all compartments of the Arctic. This is the first AMAP assessment report. (PDF, 2.86 MB, archived version of website)

The First International Polar Year, 1881-1884: The Arctic Environment in Historical Perspective

The records of the first IPY offer a rare glimpse of the circumpolar Arctic environment as it existed in the past. These observations collected so long ago now hold the potential to improve our understanding of historical climate variability and environmental change in the Arctic. (Archived version of webpage)

The tip of the iceberg: Chemical contamination in the Arctic

WWF International Arctic Programme, February 2005. (PDF, 259 KB)

Toxic Effects of Indoor Molds

This policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Environmental Health, describes molds, their toxic properties, and their potential for causing toxic respiratory problems in infants.

Toxic substances in the Arctic and associated effects -- Human health

Volume 2 of the 2003 Canadian Arctic Contaminants Assessment Report. (PDF, 2.56 MB)

Tribal Air Quality in Alaska

Videos, reports, and toolkits produced by the EPA Pacific Northwest Region to help address common sources of air pollution in rural Alaska.

Ultraviolet Light: A Hazard to Children

This policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Environmental Health, focuses on effects of ultraviolet light on children and infants, including sunburn, skin cancers, premature aging of skin, effect on immune response and long-term hazards to eyes.

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