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24 May 2023 - The UK and the Arctic Environment - Oral evidence

Committee Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Polar Research
Inquiry The UK and the Arctic Environment

Wednesday 24 May 2023

Start times: 1:50pm (private) 2:00pm (public)

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Has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hindered Arctic science collaboration? EAC sub-committee to hear from leading academics

In its second evidence session on the UK and the Arctic environment, the Environmental Audit Committee’s sub-committee on polar research hears from academics on issues ranging from geopolitics, collaboration in Arctic science and commercial activity.

Meeting details

At 2:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and the Arctic Environment
Lecturer in Geopolitics and Security at Loughborough University
Professor of International Security at Lancaster University
At 2:45pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and the Arctic Environment
Honorary President at Maritime London
CEO at UK Fisheries Ltd
Fisheries Consultant at UK Fisheries Ltd

MPs will explore how global tensions with Russia are affecting Arctic research, particularly as the impacts of climate change are being felt most strongly in the Arctic. The Arctic has warmed three to four times faster than the world as a whole, and has been projected to be ice-free in the late summer as soon as the 2030s.

As a result of melting sea ice, new commercial opportunities are appearing such as the mining of minerals and new shipping routes. MPs will quiz experts on their views as to how the UK can promote sustainable Arctic commercial activities without further jeopardizing the environment.

On the second panel, MPs will hear from Maritime London and UK Fisheries on the impact a changing Arctic environment is having on fish stocks. The session will explore what the UK has to gain from the Arctic, while ensuring that commercial development is achieved in a way that is sustainable.


Room 15, Palace of Westminster

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