The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme just released the "AMAP Assessment 2015: Human Health in the Arctic",now available online for free.
This assessment report presents the results of the 2015 AMAP Assessment of Human Health in the Arctic. This is the fourth AMAP assessment dealing with this issue in a sequence and updates the assessments delivered in 1998, 2002 and 2009. This assessment of Arctic human health impacts of contaminants and other stressors was conducted between 2012 and 2014 by an international group of over 60 experts. AMAP Human Health assessment group members and lead authors are appointed following an open nomination process coordinated by AMAP.
Access to reliable and up-to-date information is essential for the development of science-based decision-making regarding ongoing changes in the Arctic and their global implications.
The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is a group working under the Arctic Council. The Arctic Council Ministers have requested AMAP to:
• produce integrated assessment reports on the status and trends of the conditions of the Arctic ecosystems
• identify possible causes for the changing conditions
• detect emerging problems, their possible causes, and the potential risk to Arctic ecosystems including indigenous peoples and other Arctic residents
• recommend actions required to reduce risks to Arctic ecosystems.