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Warnings over Arctic drilling

The Government has been accused of "complacently standing by" while oil and gas drilling starts in the Arctic despite the risks to the environment and climate.

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Arctic environment 'affects weather in the UK'

The government's exploration for new reserves in the Arctic is "needlessly risky", MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said after a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned it could cause "dangerous" climate change.

EAC chairwoman Joan Walley said:

What happens in the Arctic will affect the UK, impacting our weather systems and biodiversity.

Yet this Government is complacently standing by and watching new oil and gas drilling in the region, even though companies like Shell cannot prove they could clean up an oil spill in such harsh conditions.

David Cameron should visit the Arctic again to see the huge changes that have taken place since he was last there and renew his commitment to protecting the region.

The rapidly-disappearing Arctic sea ice should be a wake-up call for his Government to tackle climate change, not pave the way for a corporate carve-up of the region's resources.

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