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  • Why we climb to save the Arctic

    Blogpost by Ethan Gilbert - September 10, 2014 at 7:36

    As a young child, I loved climbing trees. Above the ground I could see the world below where everything was quiet and my perspective was clear. It was a place to go, where, for a short moment, the world made sense.

    And making sense of this world can sometimes seem tricky.

    Let's take the current situation in the Arctic. While an overwhelming majority of scientists continue to warn us that the burning of fossil fuels may soon result in an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer months, oil companies like Shell, Gazprom, and Statoil, are finding this a welcome business opportunity to send their ill-equipped "Arctic-unready" rigs further north to drill for a risky profit, keeping us locked in the same fossil fueled future we're being warned against. This just doesn't add up.

    And yet, there is go... Read more >

  • The world has spoken: Governments should create an Arctic sanctuary!

    Blogpost by nyoung - September 4, 2014 at 19:18

    A global survey commissioned by Greenpeace has revealed that 74 per cent – nearly three quarters – of respondents agree or strongly agree that governments should create a protected area in the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole, providing a sanctuary for animals and other marine life. Another impressively high result shows that 71 per cent of those polled agree the entire Arctic Ocean should be free from oil drilling and other types of heavy industry.

    This is the very first global public opinion survey on the idea of an Arctic Sanctuary. It covered 30 countries, on six continents, in 22 languages. The poll was conducted as an online survey and results were weighted against the most recent census data in each country to ensure a representative sample.

    Today, concerned citizens from ar...

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  • Nelson fishing museum satire or not?

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - August 22, 2014 at 14:19

    Apparently, unless Fairfax is now taking on The Civilian in the field of satirical news, the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith and fishing magnate Peter Talley are planning a fishing museum in Nelson. And the Minister considers this "ambitious new plan" a suitable way to launch his re-election campaign.

    Assuming this is not [SATIRE] (where is that satire tagging Facebook app when you need it - was that just satire as well?) I do hope the first exhibit in the planned fishing museum will be a tribute to the former scallop fisheries of Nelson and Golden Bays; trawled to oblivion and now dead and gone. Perhaps on a more positive note we can finally relegate bottom trawling, fisheries labour abuse and shark finning to the museum as well? And I mean really truly relegate them, like with a prop... Read more >

  • Seismic testing stopped in Norway but coming soon to Northland

    Blogpost by Mike Smith - August 22, 2014 at 11:00

    Seismic testing for oil in the Arctic Barents Sea, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been stopped one month ahead of schedule 4 days after Greenpeace exposed it to the media.

    But off the coast of Northland in New Zealand waters, Norwegian oil giant Statoil is due to begin seismic mapping to find oil this summer.

    Seismic mapping is the first step of oil exploration. Before the oil rigs even arrive, before the drills go in the seabed, companies must first determine where to find the oil.

    Seismic tests are done from a ship at the surface. An air gun shoots low-frequency sound pulses that penetrate the seafloor and the reflected sound waves are then recorded by sensors dragged on long cables after the ship. The data collected is used to map the seafloor so that oil co... Read more >

  • Norway in sneak attack on the Arctic

    Blogpost by Sune Scheller - August 22, 2014 at 8:05

    Greenpeace Esperanza - Arctic Ship Tour 2014. 06/02/2014 © Greenpeace

    The Esperanza has been in Svalbard, in the Arctic, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping in the far north of the Barents Sea.

    Seismic mapping is the very first step of oil exploration. Before the oil rigs even arrive, before the drills go in the seabed, companies must first determine where to find the precious pockets of oil. So, right now, we're en route to intercept a vessel conducting these tests to expose this sneak attack on the Arctic by the Norwegian state.

    Seismic tests are done from a ship at the surface. An air gun shoots low-frequency sound pulses that penetrate the seafloor and the reflected sound waves ar... Read more >

  • Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - August 19, 2014 at 7:43

    Peaceful Forest Protest in India. 02/27/2014 © Udit kulshrestha / Greenpeace

    It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified.

    The arrests are the latest example of intimidation tactics used in India to quell unrest over the plans by Indian conglomerate Essar to turn the Mahan forest into a climate-wrecking coal mine.

    The timing of the arrests is far from coincidental. The local community was due to hold a Gram Sabha, or village council, sometime between 16-22 August to vote on the proposed coal mine development by partners Essar and Hindalco.

    The police also seized a mobile signal booster and solar panels that Greenpeace India had set up in Amelia village to help spread the news from the communi... Read more >

  • How the peaceful protest at Prirazlomnaya made positive change in Russia

    Blogpost by Maria Favorskaya - August 18, 2014 at 7:29

    MY Arctic Sunrise Departs from Murmansk. 08/01/2014 © Enot 51 / Greenpeace

    The dramatic Greenpeace International action at Prirazlomnaya in September 2013 is mostly infamous for causing a lot of problems for the 28 activists, two freelance journalists and the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise. But what media doesn't report and people don't know about this peaceful protest is that it also made possible positive changes in Russian policies regarding the Arctic.

    After the Prirazlomnaya action, Russian authorities and oil company Gazprom started making slow, but important steps in the right direction; at least appearing to solve environmental problems in the Arctic that Greenpeace Russia and other NGOs have been pointing out for years.

    Here are the 6 most notable changes: Read more >

    1. Russia announced in the Arctic Council that it will support a legally binding international a...
  • Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

    Blogpost by Emma Thompson - August 8, 2014 at 8:58

    Emma Thompson and her daughter in the Arctic with Greenpeace. 08/05/2014 © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace

    Emma Thompson is currently in the Arctic aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. She wrote these words after walking out onto the fragile sea ice for the first time alongside her 14 year old daughter Gaia.

    We're told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that's simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don't make these things easily available.

    The changes we need, that the Arctic needs, must come from the top as well as the bottom. We need electric cars to be cheaper and more accessible. We want safer bike lanes in every big city. We want plastic bags to be banned for good. We need governments to stand up to the dirty industries tha...

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