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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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Blog from the fog

Blog entry by LisaV | 27 August, 2010 1 comment

From Anais onboard the Esperanza in the Arctic Last night around 1am, my whole cabin was suddenly flooded with light and it was not the Aurora Borealis this time. It was the coastguard of Greenland, onboard 'Sisak 2'. They...

How many Arctic cowboys does it take to lasso an iceberg?

Blog entry by LisaV | 25 August, 2010 4 comments

Will Rose, independent photographer who regularly works with Greenpeace, writes from the Esperanza... We’re in and out of internet range now so I’m not sure when this will go up on the website. As if to mark the occasion...

Blue Noses in the Royal Kingdom of the Polar Bear

Blog entry by LisaV | 23 August, 2010 3 comments

We have officially arrived in the Arctic! After coming into Nuuk, Greenland, on Friday to pick up Arne, our ice pilot - we headed north and crossed the Arctic circle yesterday afternoon. I was incredibly excited about crossing the line...

A time to act

Blog entry by JulietteH | 8 August, 2010 2 comments

Several things have been going on this year that should make politicians pause and reflect on what a climate emergency means - and take action to stop it. The extent of the Arctic sea ice this July is the second lowest on record ...

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...

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