Arctic Frontiers

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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Activists occupying Shell icebreaker ship in Finland

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 1 May, 2012 10 comments

In an effort to prevent destructive oil drilling in the Arctic , dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour as it prepared to leave for the Alaskan Arctic. At...

Lloyd’s of London: Arctic drilling “a unique and hard to manage risk”

Blog entry by Vicky Wyatt, Greenpeace UK | 17 April, 2012 1 comment

The locals, scientists and green groups have been saying it for years but when a globally respected insurance company comes out and warns investors of the dangers of drilling in the fragile Arctic you’d have to have a hole in your head...

What world will I face on my 70th birthday?

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen | 4 April, 2012 1 comment

I turned 34 last week. On my birthday I happened to be attending the Planet Under Pressure science conference in London . So there I was, with about 3000 others, listening to world’s leading earth system scientists and trying to...

With rights come responsibilities

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic | 29 March, 2012 5 comments

I’m in sunny Stockholm this week, spring is here for sure and woolly hats and gloves are yet again stored away for next winter.  In a grand Natural History museum not so far from where I work sit scientists, Indigenous representatives,...

Obama goes back to the future with Shell in the Arctic

Blog entry by Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA | 29 March, 2012 3 comments

We've just heard that a federal judge in Alaska has decided to impose a powerful legal injunction on Greenpeace US which prohibits even legal protests within a certain distance of Shell’s vessels involved in Arctic drilling...

Exposing oil exploitation in the Russian Arctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | 28 March, 2012 2 comments

The Arctic Council is meeting in Stockholm today, and government representatives will discuss the sustainability – or not - of Arctic oil. We received this video yesterday from our colleagues in Russia who have just returned from a...

23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster

Blog entry by Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA | 24 March, 2012 6 comments

Twenty-three years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound. The tanker spilled eleven million gallons of oil into the water, fouled 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coast and killed hundreds of...

Will brooms and shovels clean up the Arctic?

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 March, 2012 3 comments

New Zealand and Finland are practically on opposite sides of the planet, and quite a long way away from Alaska. Yet, they are the two starting points for Shell’s fleet of rented and commissioned ships that are preparing to get together...

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