Arctic

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What at the first glance looks like a cold and barren north is really a treasure of life and beauty, home to people and amazing wildlife.

The Arctic and subarctic regions are home to approximately 30 different peoples with unique cultures and traditions. The Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, many of them called Inuit, inhabit the most northern regions of North America, Asia and Greenland. Although modern times have changed the everyday life in the Arctic, people in the region still live in very close connection with and depend on their natural environment and the Arctic wildlife.

Walruses, narwhals and polar bears are possibly the most iconic animals to be found in the Arctic, and they provide examples of how beautiful, unique and diverse the Arctic wildlife is. Life in the Arctic forms a complex and sensitive ecosystem. Canada’s Arctic sector covers 1,425,000 square kilometers and is home to many Inuit, First Nations, Dene, Métis and non-Indigenous communities. After Greenland, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is the world’s largest high-Arctic land area.

But the Arctic is not only home to people and wildlife. It affects the lives of many even far away. By regulating our climate and reflecting much of the sunlight back into space, the Arctic acts like a refrigerator for the northern hemisphere and strongly influences weather patterns all around the world.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change rapidly alter the face of the Arctic, bringing new risks and big challenges for the environment and wildlife, as well as for people in the Arctic and all around the world.

Greenpeace has mobilized over five million people to take a stand and help ensure the protection this frozen treasure so desperately needs. For more information: SavetheArctic.org

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Totally saying no to Arctic oil

Blog entry by Diego Creimer | September 26, 2012 3 comments

"Oil on Greenland would be a disaster." "Energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters." "The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area is simply too high." Sounds familiar? Today, it’s not...

From the edge of the ice – an Arctic sea ice record is broken and history is made.

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | September 19, 2012 1 comment

So the moment is here, and a record has been shattered. But this isn’t the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about. This is no tale of great sporting achievement like Usain Bolt smashing his way into...

SUCCESS! Shell stops Arctic oil drilling for this year

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | September 17, 2012 1 comment

You did it. For over six months, huge numbers of us have been pressuring Shell to stay out of the Arctic. Well this morning, company bosses announced they were scrapping their oil drilling programme for this year. It's a huge ...

Greenpeace activists take action against Gazprom’s Arctic plans

Feature story | September 10, 2012 at 10:19

Over the past couple weeks, Greenpeace initiated a series of actions to pressure Gazprom, one of the world’s biggest energy companies, to abandon its reckless plans to drill for oil in the pristine waters of the Russian Arctic.

Arctic Sea Ice minimum - new record is set in 2012

Blog entry by cleronde | August 28, 2012 1 comment

In the Greenpeace office, staff have developed a bad habit. We take our seats, switch our computers on and click on the bookmark to the National Snow and Ice Data Center website. Today was like any other day, except that today the...

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