MPs launch inquiry into protection of the Arctic

MPs are launching a new inquiry into the UK Government’s approach to protecting the Arctic. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) plans to examine whether existing environmental protections are fit for purpose and if […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

MPs are launching a new inquiry into the UK Government’s approach to protecting the Arctic.

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) plans to examine whether existing environmental protections are fit for purpose and if necessary, see how they can be stepped up.

A specific area of interest will be to explore how the UK’s promotion of scientific research and best practices increases its influence among Arctic States and reduce damage to the region’s climate and ecosystem.

Mary Creagh, Chair of the EAC, said: “The Arctic is one of the fastest changing environments on the planet, the consequences of which could impact the climate, sea level, weather and plants and animal species here in the UK.

“The UK has tried to influence Arctic States through our world class reputation for Arctic science and promoting responsible commercial development.

“Our inquiry will be taking an in depth look at whether the government is doing enough to protect this fragile environment.”

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are calling for measures to protect the vulnerable Arctic ecosystem and ban oil drilling.