Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Arctic Oil 'Undrillable' Amid Global Warming:  U.N.'s Ex-Climate Chief

Christiana Figueres was noted at climate talks for her ability to bring warring factions together, with calm, good humour. (Photograph Credit: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
An architect of the Paris climate agreement urged governments on Tuesday to halt oil exploration in the Arctic, saying drilling was not economical and warming threatened the environmentally fragile region.

Christiana Figueres, formerly head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat when the Paris accord was reached by almost 200 nations in 2015, told Reuters by telephone “the Arctic has been rendered undrillable.”

The past three years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century, and Figueres said the heat was a threat to everything from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to ice in Antarctica.

The former Costa Rican diplomat who campaigns for a peak in global emissions by 2020 said it made no economic sense to explore in the Arctic, partly because it was likely to take years to develop any finds.

Capital investment would be better used developing renewable energies such as solar and wind to cut emissions, she said.

“The stakes are visibly higher than they were just a few years ago,” she said.

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