Victory! Shell pulls out of the Alaskan Arctic

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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Bearing down on us at 80 degrees North

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 7 September, 2011 6 comments

Woken up as usual at 7.30 for breakfast and cleaning, I’d had a shower and was getting clothed when someone said 'polar bears outside.' I said to Ethan, the assistant cook who is also my roomie, who has been aboard two weeks already.

Mother bear and cub

Image | 4 September, 2011 at 17:30

Two Polar bears, a mother and her cub, observed from the deck of the Arctic Sunrise, while it was moored to an ice floe in the Fram Strait on the edge of the Arctic Ocean.

Cairn's oil spill response plan: Hope there's no oil spill

Blog entry by JulietteH | 1 September, 2011 16 comments

Two things transpired yesterday in the (slightly insane) world of Arctic oil drilling. First, oil spill expert Richard Steiner took a good look at Cairn Energy’s Greenland oil spill response plan (the one over 100,000 people...

Verdict: Cairn's oil spill plan is outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | 31 August, 2011 1 comment

Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it . The verdict is now in. Veteran marine...

The Frozen Waltz

Blog entry by Henning Reinton | 30 August, 2011 8 comments

Ever had that dream where your house moved while you were sleeping in your bed? Where you wake up and walk out the door to find that your house has pulled up its roots and drifted down the valley to where the river meets the sea? ...

Into thin ice

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 25 August, 2011 6 comments

The cracking and rumbling when the ship pushes the ice flows aside to make passage; the countless shades of blue and white in the ice, sea, and melt water; the feeling of being completely removed from the ordinary world, without...

The risks of investing in Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | 25 August, 2011 3 comments

On Tuesday, Cairn Energy published its half-yearly results . There isn't much for the company to shout about in there; halfway through their 2011 drilling season, they have yet to find any oil in the Arctic. Keen to spin these...

Shell: "Something has gone wrong here"

Blog entry by Bex | 19 August, 2011 3 comments

Shell has apologised for the North Sea oil spill and for its own lack of transparency saying: "The fact is something has gone wrong here, so whatever risk assessment we made about the condition of these pipes has proven to be wrong...

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