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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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We ♡ the Arctic

Video | September 20, 2012 at 8:08

The crew of the Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise construct a 'heart, with the flags of the 193 country members of the United Nations on an ice floe north of the Arctic Circle.

Up Against Gazprom

Video | August 26, 2012 at 21:23

At 4am local time in Russia, six Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, set off in three inflatable speedboats from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and scaled Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform in the Arctic...

Greenpeace Activists board Gazprom Arctic Oil Platform

Video | August 24, 2012 at 23:31

At 4am local time in Russia, six Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, set off in three inflatable speedboats from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and scaled Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform in the Arctic...

Why Arctic sea ice melting matters

Video | September 19, 2011 at 11:22

The shrinking and receding sea ice has dire consequences. First, as the white ice that normally reflects sunlight away from Earth melts, more of the dark open water of the Arctic Ocean is is exposed, absorbing heat and causing more ice to melt.

Why Arctic sea ice melting matters

Video | September 16, 2011 at 11:47

The Arctic sea ice is a key indicator of the state of our climate.

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