UK Arctic ambassador called for by House of Lords

"UK needs to be involved in vital decisions over oil exploration, fishing and strategic access as Arctic summer sea ice inexorably melts."

The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says, according to BBC.

The Lords committee says with the Arctic warming fast, there will be huge challenges and opportunities for the environment, ecosystems and people.

It recommends an increase in government science budgets focusing on the Arctic.

And the committee also says oil firms should re-consider their plans for drilling in the region.