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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A polar bear cleaning his coat on ice floes in the Kane Basin, off Cape Clay, northern Greenland.
The Arctic and the Antarctic are under assault - from the impacts of rapidly accelerating climate change; from increased industrialisation; and from the unchecked consumption of our planet's resources.
Polar explorer and expert in glacier travel Eric Philips volunteers to rig mooring lines around a solid bollard of ice on the front of the Petermann glacier.
Geophysicist Dr Richard Bates, of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St. Andrews, working on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise.
Alan Hubbard a glaciologist from University Of Wales, Aberystwyth is working on the Petermann glacier.
The crew of the Arctic Sunrise in Greenland. The Arctic Sunrise reached 'the ice bridge' in the Robeson channel, at 82.4 North, near the border between Greenland and Canada. This is the Southernmost extent of the summer sea ice which usually...
The Arctic Sunrise prepares to leave 'the ice bridge' in the Robeson channel, at 82.4 North, near the border between Greenland and Canada.
View across Petermann Glacier, one of Greenland's largest and most northerly glaciers. Greenpeace are in Greenpeace and leading climate scientists are in Greenland for a 3 month expedition using their icebreaking ship the Arctic Sunrise to gather...
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