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EuroScience Open Forum in Manchester 23-27 July

ARC organizes an Arctic session in the biennial, pan-European convention dedicated to scientific research and innovation

2016.05.25 | Susanna Pakkasmaa

Date Sat 23 Jul Wed 27 Jul
Time 08:00    16:00
Location Manchester, UK
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The Arctic as a hot topic

The Arctic has become a hot topic in international relations. Climate change, growing global interests in establishing new, shorter shipping routes and the offshore extraction of oil and gas are transforming the region into a geopolitically important area with new and sometimes contested economic, environmental, legal, and governance interests.

Rising temperatures and melting sea ice are exposing previously inaccessible natural resources to economically viable extraction. In Northern regions, the non-renewable natural resources (fossil fuels, metals and minerals) are vast and industrial interest for their utilization is growing. Many countries, including many geographically distant from the North, have national interests in exploiting the region’s natural resources. Whilst these trends are contributing to infrastructural development, they are at the same time increasing pressure on the environment and biodiversity. To support the sustainable development of the Arctic regions for the benefit of their societies, the governance options and policy information should be critically analysed. It is necessary and urgent to increase interdisciplinary discussion between natural and social sciences about the effects of climate change on resource utilization. This session brings together natural scientists and governance experts to give their view on resource extraction and international relations in the Arctic.

The Arctic session takes place on Tuesday 26 July at 10.00-11.15.



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Tags: EuroScience Open Forum, Arctic, climate change