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In a wide-ranging new report (The Changing Arctic) published on 29th of November following an eight-month inquiry, Members of Parliament conclude that the Government should reconsider its encouragement to UK businesses to explore oil and gas opportunities in the Arctic.


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The Committee recommends that ministers should acknowledge incompatibility with climate agreements and set out plans to press members of the Arctic Council to adopt a similar approach.

Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh MP, said: “The Arctic is changing rapidly and warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. This brings potentially catastrophic consequences for the global climate as well as commercial opportunities and risks. If there is anywhere in the world that the principles of sustainable development should apply, it is the Arctic. The Government should start by acknowledging the incompatibility of its support for oil and gas exploitation with its climate change commitments. It can do this by setting targets in line with the Sustainable Development Goals”.

“With interest in the Arctic from countries as far away as China and Singapore, the UK must ensure it remains a key player in its protection. We’re calling for increased funding for research and strengthening of UK emissions targets. Failing to act now would be a dereliction of a global duty”.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet and is both the site and source of some of the world’s greatest environmental changes.
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