POPs can enter Alaska and the Arctic in a number of methods, too. The first indication that Arctic pollution could originate elsewhere came during the 1950s, when pilots observed a haze within the North American Arctic that was eventually traced to sources in the decrease latitudes. Since then, scientists have found that POPs can reach Arctic regions via air, water, and, to a lesser extent, migratory species. Some POPs have been used or launched in Alaska and other northern areas by navy sites, smelters, pulp and paper mills, energy stations, mines, and other sources. For many Americans, Alaska (much of which is in the Arctic) conjures images of commanding tundra, glaciers, and pure coastal waters – a distant and wild land relatively untouched by the human hand.
The two governments agreed to proceed to extend the agreement so as to work collectively to identify new challenges that are presented by … Read More