Health risks to be studied

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The Arctic Council’s “One Health” project was highlighted at the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15 to 17, 2016.
It’s a big, circumpolar project that is looking at the health risks for humans, animals and plants. These risks include potential changes to diseases or new ones, effects on drinking water quality and availability, environmental contamination, effects on the quality and availability of food, and changes in animal species distribution.

The “One Health” project will see specialists from circumpolar nations and indigenous groups evaluating those climate-driven health risks and providing community-based strategies to identify, prevent and adapt to those health risks in human, animals and the environment.