This accessible and engagingly written book describes how national and international scientific monitoring programmes brought to light our present understanding of Arctic environmental change and how these research results were successfully used to achieve international legal actions to lessen some of the resulting environmental impacts. David P. Stone was intimately involved in many of these scientific and political activities. He tells a powerful story, using the metaphor of the ‘Arctic Messenger’ – an imaginary being warning us of the folly of ignoring Arctic
environmental change. This book will be of great interest to anyone concerned about the fate of the Arctic, including lifelong learners interested in the Arctic and the natural environment generally; students studying environmental science and policy; researchers of circumpolar studies, indigenous peoples, national and international environmental management and environmental law; and policymakers and industry professionals looking to protect (or exploit) Arctic resources.

Key Features

  • First book to provide an up-to-date summary of the state of the Arctic environment, of the present speed of Arctic environmental change, and of the corresponding predicament of Arctic indigenous peoples
  • Accessible and engagingly written
  • Author closely involved in many of the Arctic scientific and political activities over recent decades