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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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Global warning: Arctic glacier breaks up

Blog entry by LisaV | 8 August, 2010

Image: A section of the Petermann glacier in Greenland in July 2009 © Greenpeace / Nick Cobbing A massive chunk of ice, over 87 kilometres in size, has broken off the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland . Scientists are...

Leaving Ny-Ålesund

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 13 July, 2010

Greenpeace International's Comms Project Manager, Dave Walsh writes from the Esperanza, as the Arctic Under Pressure Expedition 2010 sadly comes to an end. Following its return from the far north of Svalbard, where it had been...

Why there are no penguins in the Arctic.

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 8 July, 2010 7 comments

A sequel to Dave Walsh's blog from the Esperanza, Fogbows at 81 North . Throughout the Esperanza’s journey around the coast of Svalbard , we’ve been kept company by several species of alcid – the auks and the guillemots.

Fogbows at 81 North

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 8 July, 2010

Dave Walsh writes from Esperanza, currently sailing the Arctic ocean as part of Greenpeace's Arctic Under Pressure Expedition 2010 . While we’ve been off the coast of Svalbard, we’ve had had all kinds of weather – but luckily...

The last dive of the drop-camera

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 5 July, 2010 2 comments

Dr Iris Menn is a marine biologist and Greenpeace oceans campaigner onboard the Esperanza Today we sent the drop-camera for her last dive along a so-called 'transect' – which is basically a distance from A to B. She dived down to...

Building a better NEMO

Blog entry by Gavin Newman | 30 June, 2010 1 comment

Gavin Newman is a long time Greenpeace cameraman, photographer, diver and now, remote-controlled submarine driver! It all seemed very simple in the beginning. I’d been using remote controlled cameras for years, bolting them on...

Arctic Oil: A Very Crude Idea

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 24 June, 2010 1 comment

Dave Walsh is currently on board the Esperanza as part of the Arctic Under Pressure expedition 2010 . Even now, as the disastrous situation in the temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico continues, oil companies are still pushing...

Deploying mesocosms @ 79°N

Blog entry by LisaV | 5 June, 2010 3 comments

Janet Cotter, from Greenpeace’s Science Unit is currently on board the Esperanza on Leg 1 of the Arctic Under Pressure expedition. The ship is currently in Ny-Ålesund, in the Arctic, where Janet has been helping seagulls from ...

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