As global warming triggers heavier rainfall and faster snowmelt in the Arctic, Inuit communities in Canada are reporting more cases of illness attributed to pathogens that have washed into surface water and groundwater, according to a new study. The findings corroborate past research that suggests indigenous people worldwide are being disproportionately affected by climate change. This is because many of them live in regions where the effects are felt first and most strongly, and they might come into closer contact with the natural environment on a daily basis. For example, some indigenous communities lack access to treated water because they are far from urban areas. National Geographic
Archive for April, 2012
Climate Change Linked to Waterborne Diseases in Inuit Communities: A recent study may warn of more widespread threats to water qualityFriday, April 6th, 2012
April 13th, 7:30pm, UAA, Anchorage, Alaska
This talk will begin with an overview of classic examples and recent events of environmental injustice from around the world due to exposure to contaminants, and then focuses on such issues in Alaska.