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Population Health Risks in the Chemical Pollution Hotspots of the Arctic Macroregion

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The establishment of a large number of mining and metallurgical industry enterprises in the Arctic macroregion has resulted in considerable pollution of the living environment in settlements located in the area. The analysis of the environmental quality in settlements affected the most in terms of ecology revealed an apparent lack of data on the pollution levels, which impedes an assessment of the public health risk dynamics. The problem of residual health risk remains unresolved due to a high level of soil contamination, which is a secondary source of the ambient air pollution.

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    This term received a widespread use in the environmental quality assessments and denotes the most unfavorable environmental conditions, including in the Arctic macroregion.

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    UNEP is UN Environment Program; GEF is Global Ecology Fund.

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    Some public health data for various cities and settlements of this region was published in [5].

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    http://tass.ru/economica/6316219

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This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 18-05-60146 Medical and Environmental Factors of Socioeconomic Development of the Russian Arctic: Analysis and Prediction.

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Revich, B.A. Population Health Risks in the Chemical Pollution Hotspots of the Arctic Macroregion. Stud. Russ. Econ. Dev. 31, 238–244 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1075700720020100

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