Friday, 21st September 2012
Protecting the Arctic
Source: House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (UK)
From the Introduction:
Home to 4 million people and a number of species unique to region, encompassing a diverse range of habitats, the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of planet. As a result of climate change, a number of ‘tipping points’ that would hasten further global climate change could be approaching, with serious ramifications for the UK’s weather and climate... The Arctic Ocean ice-cap is retreating at a dramatic rate, and within the near future might collapse completely during the summer months, threatening the unique wildlife and ecosystems that are found there. Most Arctic biodiversity is migratory and shared with the rest of the world, particularly the UK.
The retreating ice-cap is enabling greater exploitation of the Arctic’s natural resources— fossil fuels, minerals, and fisheries—and opening up new major global shipping routes. As a maritime nation close to the Arctic, with well-developed oil, finance and insurance sectors, British companies will have a clear interest in these new opportunities. Given the challenging Arctic conditions, there are concerns that such development could result in significant environmental damage in a region already feeling the effects of climate change more than the rest of the planet. The fact that the Arctic is one of the least understood places on Earth exacerbates the risks.
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By Adrian Janes
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