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Tons of dangerous chemicals and pesticides from the United States, Europe, and Asia are being carried to the Arctic by northbound winds and waves and amplified in the ocean's food web. Polar bears near the North Pole are increasingly born with altered immune systems and sex hormones. Inuit women who eat seal and...
Tons of dangerous chemicals and pesticides from the United States, Europe, and Asia are being carried to the Arctic by northbound winds and waves and amplified in the ocean's food web. Polar bears near the North Pole are increasingly born with altered immune systems and sex hormones. Inuit women who eat seal and whale meat have far higher concentrations of PCBs and mercury in their breast milk than women who live in the most industrialized areas of the world, and they pass these poisons to their infants, leaving them susceptible to disease. As a result, Arctic people are among the most contaminated human beings on Earth, some of them carrying chemicals that technically would qualify their bodies as hazardous waste.
Author Marla Cone reports with an insider's eye on the dangers of pollution to native peoples and ecosystems, how Arctic cultures are adapting to this pollution, and what solutions will prevent the crisis from getting worse.
|Introduction : a moral compass in a vast, lonely land||1|
|1||Blowing in the wind : a contaminant's long journey north||17|
|2||Unexpected poisons : serendipity at the top of the world||24|
|3||The world's unfortunate laboratory||42|
|4||Plight of the ice bear : top of the world, top of the food web||52|
|5||Ties that bind in Greenland||71|
|6||A fish can't feed a village : Alaska's communal hunts||90|
|7||Fear is toxic, too : communicating risk to Canada's Inuit||111|
|8||Into the brains of babes : searching for clues in Faroese children||127|
|9||Beyond silent spring : a global assault on sex hormones and immune systems||144|
|10||The Arctic in flux : global conspirators and the whims of climate||160|
|11||Islands of sudden change : the evolution of the Aleutians||175|
|12||The diagnosis : scientists write a prescription||191|
|13||POPs and politics : taking the first step toward a solution||199|
|14||The chain of evil continues unbroken : the Arctic's new toxic legacies||207|
|Epilogue : survival of the fittest : walking in the Inuit's footsteps||215|
Posted June 27, 2014
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Posted January 2, 2013
Marla Cone is a premier environmental journalist who professionally covers years and years of precise research into an engaging and mind blowing read. Travelling to the coldest inhabited places on the planet, Cone meets the Nuvavik tribes and learns about several other Artic groups who are suffering from the millions of tons of PCB’s located in their beautiful home. Not only does Silent Snow clearly portray and tell years of amazing scientific discoveries but tells a dismal story of “The slow poisoning of the Artic”. Readers will sympathize with the results that the Artic is dealing with due to our carelessness and pure laziness in severe environmental issues we face today. Cone purely reports that the serene, innocent Artic is one of the most hazardous places in the entire world. Not only are we the reason behind this madness but there is ultimately neither awareness nor any action taken to put a halt on poisoning the most innocent and peaceful place on Earth.
Cone’s sympathy with the Artic peoples and her admiration for their beautiful world truly touches the heart to all readers. Her policy of teaching over lecturing more effecting gets the picture across that the cities and even small towns are the source where PCB’s find their way into the bodies of the Artic people, permanently damaging their health but also the diet that they survive off of. Each page unfolds a new mystery because who knew that the most serene and nature-dependent place in the world would also be the most toxic. Cone’s dismaying findings create a much bigger picture than those before Silent Snow. These landmark scientific discoveries definitely have the power to be able to emotionally move readers and in hope, ultimately push them to action.