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The Arctic 30 have left Russia

The criminal prosecution of the Arctic 30 has been terminated after the Russian parliament adopted an amnesty decree marking the 20th anniversary of the country’s constitution. The non-Russian nationals were granted exit visas to leave the country and all of them have finally returned home. They spent more than three months in detention, despite the fact that the seizure of their ship and the imprisonment of the activists were deemed illegal by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. As one activist said, "They didn't lock us up for what we did. They locked us up for what we stood for." Their act of civil disobedience was a courageous stand against destructive Arctic oil drilling and the onslaught of climate change.

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Photographing a frozen planet

Blog entry by Nick Cobbing | 27 October, 2011 1 comment

Along with millions of other people, last night I watched the first long awaited Frozen Planet episode. It had an extra significance as I've visited many of the same places in the arctic, particularly Greenland (that the programme...

A Frozen Planet under threat

Blog entry by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK | 26 October, 2011 1 comment

Like millions of people I have the next few Wednesday evenings mapped out already – I’ll watching David Attenborough’s groundbreaking new series Frozen Planet . In the tradition of Planet Earth and Human Planet, this new BBC...

No oil in the Arctic for Cairn, but hazardous chemicals aplenty


Blog entry by Bex, Greenpeace UK | 29 September, 2011

Yesterday brought the news that yet another Cairn well off Greenland - the sixth so far - has come up dry . The Delta-1 well will be plugged and abandoned and Cairn now has to pin its hopes for this year's drilling season on two...

Frozen in time

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 22 September, 2011 4 comments

I will never forget Pyramiden , an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people.

Polar bear

Image | 21 September, 2011 at 16:44

An adult polar bear that approached the Arctic Sunrise in the sea ice west of Svalbard. Polar bears are ever curious and will often approach ships that are frozen into or breaking through the sea ice.

Sea ice: melting, melting...

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 September, 2011 2 comments

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US has announced yesterday that Arctic sea ice had reached its annual minimum. It is, as we guessed last week, the second lowest extent in recorded history, just behind the all-time...

Another ordinary day in the Arctic…

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 13 September, 2011 2 comments

This afternoon I was on watch. Bear watch. Whenever there are people out on the ice, it’s necessary for a couple of people at least, and more if there’s fog, to be keeping a look out. On these occasions there’s usually one person up...

As sea-ice retreats, still no oil found in the Arctic

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 13 September, 2011 1 comment

This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever. Arctic sea ice acts like the planet’s air...

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