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The Arctic

The Arctic is something that is in grave danger of being lost forever. Already, the past seven years have seen the lowest minimum sea ice coverage ever recorded and this year has joined the list. The repercussions are serious, and further decline of the Arctic sea ice can spiral towards fatal consequences. It is clear that the human footprint has profoundly altered the planet in ways that we never imagined.

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Close your eyes and imagine an Arctic sanctuary

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 16 July, 2015

This is a story about the frozen ocean at the top of our planet. It's wild and untouched, and at the moment it's owned by everyone and no-one. This is the Arctic high seas, the wild west of the high north, and our global commons. But...

10 photos that show the power of the #PeopleVsShell

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 13 July, 2015

Shell's Arctic drilling fleet is currently on its way to one of the most remote areas on the planet, and the public spotlight on the oil giant is only getting brighter. Hot on the heels of the inspiring protests against Shell in ...

Ban Ki-moon and Arctic hope

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 10 July, 2015

This week I am just a wee bit jealous of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He has visited the Svalbard archipelago, somewhere I have always dreamed of going. I find myself trying to imagine what Ban Ki-moon must be seeing...

The People vs Shell: Why I took to the water to stop Arctic drilling

Blog entry by James Blakely | 1 July, 2015

Last month, 350.org activist James Blakely joined Greenpeace USA and local allies to courageously challenge Shell and its Arctic drilling plans. Greenpeace USA shares his story here: June 11, 2015 It’s a beautiful, clear June...

Shell's drilling plans just got cut in half — by walruses

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 1 July, 2015 1 comment

The animal that comes most readily to mind when thinking of the Arctic, climate change, or sea ice melt is certainly the polar bear. Who woulda thunk, then, that the walrus would turn out to be the most headache-inducing megafauna for...

OSPAR victory: Arctic protection is one step closer

Blog entry by Pilar Marcos | 30 June, 2015

The Arctic Ocean is currently the world's most vulnerable ocean. But the hope is this will soon change. At a meeting held in Ostend, Belgium, last week, the OSPAR Convention agreed to adopt specific measures to protect its Arctic...

OSPAR: The Arctic can't wait

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 22 June, 2015

Government representatives from 15 countries, including the European Union, are meeting this week in Ostend, Belgium. These countries make up the OSPAR Commission which regulates the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. A big part of the...

Then & Now: Launching a "Mind Bomb" to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Emily Hunter | 22 June, 2015

Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada's west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group of Greenpeace co-founders...

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