UK arctic oil exploration threatened by climate targets
According to a new report, the UK’s involvement in oil and gas exploration in the Arctic will go against the UK government’s climate change pledges.
The report says a change of policy must be considered as the Arctic sea’s ice is at its lowest level since the start of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s records.
A trillion plastic particles which have frozen are now at risk of being released into the ocean due to heat increases from global warming, causing the ice to melt.
The study reveals that the Arctic Ocean may have no ice left by 2050 unless actions are taken to combat climate change.
The report states: “As the ice melts, the opportunities for shipping increase. The committee is concerned about the risk of oil spills, higher carbon emissions and plastic pollution.”
Committee’s chairwoman Mary Creagh 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.
“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.
“Failing to act now would be a dereliction of a global duty.”
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