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A sinister presence

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | May 26, 2011 7 comments

I’m writing this from the lounge of the Esperanza, and as I look to my right out of a porthole I can see the coast of Greenland. It’s 15 miles away but the mountains are so huge it feels like you could reach out and touch them. They...

Our modern-day Thule needs protecting

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | May 27, 2011 2 comments

Medieval geographers referred to very distant places as Ultima Thule, beyond the "borders of the known world", but even before that, as far back the classical period, authors like Strabo and Pliny talked of a mysterious,...

Denmark willing to ban marmite but not risky deep sea Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Nick Young | May 25, 2011 2 comments

Our little jar of marmite on board the Arctic Sunrise has polarized the crew – you either love it or you loath it. There’s no middle ground and, for some reason, it’s a popular topic of discussion over breakfast in the mess. So this...

VIDEO: Calling on the Leiv Eiriksson

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | May 28, 2011 1 comment

Having recently travelled through the aptly-named “Iceberg Alley” here off Greenland, I’ve seen first-hand the extreme conditions Cairn Energy want to drill for oil in this year. The sight of giant chunks of ice, some of them hidden...

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