The Changing Arctic Environment: The Arctic Messenger

The Changing Arctic Environment: The Arctic Messenger

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David P. Stone
Cambridge University Press, 2/16/2015
EAN 9781107094413, ISBN10: 1107094410

Hardcover, 374 pages, 23.5 x 15.7 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

This accessible and engagingly written book describes how national and international scientific monitoring programmes brought to light our present understanding of Arctic environmental change, and how these research results were successfully used to achieve international legal actions to lessen some of the environmental impacts. David P. Stone was intimately involved in many of these scientific and political activities. He tells a powerful story, using the metaphor of the 'Arctic Messenger' - an imaginary being warning us all of the folly of ignoring Arctic environmental change. This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned about the fate of the Arctic, including lifelong learners interested in the Arctic and the natural environment generally; students studying environmental science and policy; researchers of circumpolar studies, indigenous peoples, national and international environmental management, and environmental law; and policymakers and industry professionals looking to protect (or exploit) Arctic resources.

1. Personal beginnings
Part I. The Changing Arctic
2. The Arctic messenger
Part II. Working Together
3. The Arctic messenger gains a voice
the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
Part III. What Is the Present State of Knowledge?
4. Radioactivity
5. Heroic efforts
6. Acidification and Arctic haze
7. Stratospheric ozone depletion
8. Persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals (including mercury)
9. Conducting marine science in the Arctic
10. Climate change in the Arctic
Part IV. What Does This All Mean?
11. Thoughts on education, the training of Arctic scientists and Arctic research
12. The long and short of it
has the Arctic message been noticed?
13. Epilogue
keeping the Rovaniemi flame alive.