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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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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 ...

A different climate perspective: A view on the UN negotiations from the Arctic

Blog entry by Martin Kaiser | 4 June, 2010

From Martin Kaiser, political advisor on climate, on board the Esperanza in Svalbard. This week the United Nations climate negotiations are continuing in Bonn , Germany. Actually, I should be there right from the beginning, but I...

Now make it permanent!

Blog entry by JulietteH | 28 May, 2010

I guess my pessimism yesterday was not justified. We haven't won the war, but we won the battle for this year on offshore drilling in the United States. All plans for exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean have been suspended, there...

Putting Obama's Arctic drilling announcement in perspective

Blog entry by JulietteH | 28 May, 2010 2 comments

Originally posted by Greenpeace US . The news today out of Washington has been somewhat promising, but these are small steps in a very long march towards a clean energy economy — an economy with none of the potential for...

Esperanza in the Arctic!

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 27 May, 2010 5 comments

Dave Walsh, Greenpeace comms officer and blogger, writes from our ship in the far North . It’s a long, long way from Germany to Svalbard, but the Esperanza has arrived at Ny Ålesund, just 1,231km from the North Pole , for the...

Arctic drilling - not this year, not ever?

Blog entry by JulietteH | 27 May, 2010 1 comment

Like most people following closely news of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, it didn’t escape us this morning that the Obama administration had leaked news that Arctic drilling plans will be suspended for this summer. Like less...

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