In the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling

ArcRisk is an international EU funded research activity that is looking at the linkages between environmental contaminants, climate change and human health – aimed at supporting European policy development in these areas. The Arctic setting provides unique opportunities for research in these fields.

All of us are exposed to environmental contaminants such as mercury and organic chemicals that persist in the environment. In some cases, exposure to these chemicals is high enough to raise concerns about possible subtle effects on human health.

Climate change has the potential to alter the pathways by which harmful chemicals cycle through the environment and enter food chains.