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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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Cairn Energy headquarters blocked by polar bear in Arctic protest

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 26 May, 2011 3 comments

Company executives at Cairn Energy turned up to work this morning to find the entrance of their Edinburgh headquarters blocked by activists and a life-sized polar bear -  demanding the company to stop spearheading the new Arctic oil...

Cowboy oil company Cairn Energy headquarters blocked by Polar Bear in Arctic protest

Press release | 26 May, 2011 at 11:43

Edinburgh, 26 May 2011 – Greenpeace activists this morning blocked the entrance of the Edinburgh headquarters of the Scottish Oil Company Cairn Energy - demanding the company stop spearheading the dangerous new Arctic oil rush. (1) Cairn Energy...

Denmark willing to ban marmite but not risky deep sea Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Nick Young | 25 May, 2011 2 comments

Our little jar of marmite on board the Arctic Sunrise has polarized the crew – you either love it or you loath it. There’s no middle ground and, for some reason, it’s a popular topic of discussion over breakfast in the mess. So this...

Arctic Standoff: Two Greenpeace ships confront world’s most controversial oil rig

Blog entry by Nick Young | 24 May, 2011 18 comments

Despite it being the size of a small cathedral, locating Cairn Energy’s oil rig Leiv Eiriksson amongst the icebergs in the North Atlantic is like finding a needle in a haystack. But, after a week long search for the giant 53,000...

Arctic Stand-Off: Greenpeace ships confront world’s most controversial oil rig

Press release | 24 May, 2011 at 8:24

Greenland, 24th May 2011– Two Greenpeace ships are in a tense stand-off with Danish navy commandos protecting an oil drilling operation in the freezing seas off Greenland.

Will the rush for Arctic oil push us over a stupidity tipping point?

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | 19 May, 2011 14 comments

The Arctic sea ice has retreated steadily for the past 10 years reaching record lows, or close to it, every year. The retreat promises to reveal all manner of riches for those willing to risk everything. Unfortunately there seems to be...

Searching for an Arctic Council that will Rescue the Arctic

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen | 15 May, 2011 7 comments

The ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Nuuk has just ended to great fanfare with the foreign ministers from eight countries focusing media on the signing of the new search and rescue agreement. Greenpeace welcomes an...

Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war

Blog entry by Nick Young | 12 May, 2011 10 comments

Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between NATO and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands. Sound like something...

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