Northern Lights Against POPs: Combatting Toxic Threats in the Arctic
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Northern Lights Against POPs tells the many-faceted scientific, policy, legal, and advocacy story that led to the Stockholm convention. Unique in its perspective, scope, and breadth, it reveals the key links among environmental and health science, international politics, advocacy, law, and global negotiations. Never before have public health concerns articulated by northern Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the circumpolar Arctic had such a direct impact on global policy-making. Authors show how research on POPs (persistent organic pollutants) in the Arctic from the mid-1980s influenced international negotiations and analyze the potential for the convention to be effective. Contributors include elected representatives, researchers, civil servants, Indigenous people who participated in the negotiations, and scientists who provided the compelling Arctic data that prompted the United Nations Environment Programme to sponsor negotiations. Contributors include David Anderson (Minister of the Environment, Canada): Nigel Bankes (University of Calgary): John Buccini (Consultant, former chair of the Global POPs Negotiations): Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Inuit Circumpolar Conference-Canada): Barry Commoner, Paul Woods Bartlett, Holger Eisl, Kimberly Couchot (Center for the Biology of Natural Systems, Queens College, City University of New York): Eric Dewailly (Laval University): David Downie (Director of Educational Partnerships, Columbia Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York): Terry Fenge (Inuit Circumpolar Conference-Canada): Henry Huntington (Consultant, Anchorage) and Michelle Sparck (Circumpolar Conservation Union, Washington, D.C.) : Harriet Kuhnlein, Laurie Chan (Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, McGill University), and Olivier Receveur (formerly Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, McGill University): Lars-Otto Reiersen (Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme Secretariat,Oslo): Henrik Selin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): David Stone, Russell Shearer (Northern Contaminants Program, Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Canada): Klaus Topfer (Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme).