Mark Cocker and Friends

New Cold War

A battle over the Arctic’s resources could be the start of a new Cold War, author Jean McNeil, who spent a year at the other end of the globe for her book The Ice Diaries told BIF.

Questioned by an audience member about the Treaty of the Antarctic which has kept the region out of politics and reserved solely for scientific purposes since 1959, Jean said that the multi-lateral agreement looked like continuing in the future, partly because whatever mineral and other valuable deposits are under the ice are too deep to be considered viable.

But that wasn’t the case in the Arctic: “There is now potential for a new cold war to be fought over the Arctic,” said Jean, who spent a year with the British Antarctic Survey.

Jean was talking to Mark Cocker and Tessa Boase at Buxton International Festival 6 July 2019.