Learn more: Pollution

Pollution of the air, water and soil is a worldwide crisis that affects billions of people. Global air and water currents bring a dangerous amount of the world's pollutants to the Arctic.

As a result, the Arctic holds a disproportionate amount of the world's fouler poisons, including DDT and other persistent organic pollutants (POP) and contaminants such as mercury and lead. This has profound impacts on Arctic communities and the marine food web.

Oceana is committed to the development of robust international agreements to reduce and eliminate pollution and POPs around the globe. We also must continually research the ongoing accumulation of POPs in the Arctic and the effects on local peoples and animals.

There must be a substantial effort to educate the public, corporations and policymakers on the impacts of pollution on the Arctic and ways they can help to reduce pollution locally, nationally and internationally.