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Challenges for the Future

The events and information brought forward in 2003 suggest:

significant and accelerating climate change impact on the polar environment;

significant and concerning impacts of pollutants from distant sources on human health and polar fauna; and

a potential for long-term damage to the polar environment through unsustainable development.

However, there was also evidence of an increasing international political will to address environment and sustainable development issues in the polar areas.

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