UK-funded ice breaker in ‘elite’ Arctic tourism row

BBC News reported on a UK science vessel on an Arctic tourist voyage and quoted Michael Byers, UBC professor and Canada Research Chair in global politics and international law.

The science vessel is under criticism for its involvement in Arctic tourism when the area is acknowledged by many to be one of the most vulnerable areas climate change.

“This voyage is a significant contribution, at least on a per capita basis, to climate change by people who are going to see an ecosystem before it is destroyed by climate change. I find that irony quite terrible,” he said.