The Battle for the North Pole

Why do governments seem to do nothing about climate change? While the consequences of melting ice are considerable, certainly in The Netherlands - which lies below sea level.

Flood risk, air pollution and other health risks are widely understood and taken seriously. Yet governments are failing to prioritize them. A reason is that the melting ice in the Arctic makes the gas and oil in the ground easier to approach and the faster shipping route across the north more accessible. What are the geopolitical and economic forces around whether or not to act on climate change? And what exactly are the consequences of the melting ice? 

Climatologist Roderik van de Wal (Utrecht University) sheds light on the causes and consequences of climate change for the Arctic and the rest of the world.

Climate expert Louise van Schaik (Head of EU & Global Affairs at the Clingendael Institute) discusses the geopolitical and economic battle for the Arctic during this programme.

The Battle for the North Pole