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1 million names, legal threat spur Arctic campaign

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 21 July, 2012 20 comments

Yesterday in Amsterdam, I was served with an urgent fax from Shell, the world’s wealthiest oil company, whom in the past weeks Greenpeace offices have been vigorously and prominently campaigning against in the Save The Arctic drive.

Greenpeace shows Shell the way forward

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 13 July, 2012 6 comments

Speaking from within the headquarters of oil major Shell on Friday, the words of Greenpeace Netherlands executive director Sylvia Borren were clear:  "My first move as the new CEO of Shell is simple and effective: no drilling for oil...

Seeing Arctic sea ice in 3D

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 13 July, 2012 1 comment

Every day of the year, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, updates it’s satellite image of the Arctic sea ice extent. Presently, we are on track for a historic low this year and it seems the...

New Shell CEO halts Arctic Drilling

Blog entry by Sylvia Borren, new CEO of Shell | 13 July, 2012 8 comments

Today is an historic day for Shell. For years, Shell has been investing its money in polluting oil drilling. From the Niger Delta to the Canadian Boreal forests people have to deal with the consequences of our environmentally...

Greenpeace explores underwater canyons, calls for their protection

Blog entry by John Hocevar | 12 July, 2012

Greenpeace has returned to the  world's largest underwater canyons , here in the Bering Sea, to continue our efforts to protect these amazing ecosystems. Today, factory trawl ships pull up over a million tons of fish here each year...

Greenpeace challenges US approval for Shell's Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Travis Nichols | 11 July, 2012 9 comments

Greenpeace and a coalition of environmental groups were due to file a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the U.S. government’s approval of Shell’s spill response plan in the Arctic. The suit alleges that Shell’s plan has not met the ...

The Arctic matters to us all

Blog entry by Xiaoning Shen | 6 July, 2012 1 comment

It took 30 hours of flights and another 30 hours on the Arctic Sunrise to get here. That is a lot of travelling – but there is a story unfolding up here, on top of the world, so important that I had to go and witness it in person.

Radiohead and Jude Law team up in video to #SaveTheArctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | 3 July, 2012 9 comments

We’ve teamed up with Radiohead and actor Jude Law to make a fantastic video to Save the Arctic. Take a minute to watch it yourself and then spread the message by sharing it with your friends and family. Oil companies are using...

Scouting the remains of the Arctic

Blog entry by Yvette Sena Blankson and Miryam Justo | 2 July, 2012 2 comments

On Saturday, June 30, we heard a sound we will never forget. When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise reached the edge of the Arctic sea ice, the sound of the ice scraping and scratching the hull of the ship was strong and it...

Seeking a new dawn of Arctic protection

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 29 June, 2012 13 comments

Before going back to the Arctic this summer I talked with a good friend of mine, who asked me: “Do you remember how they referred to age in old novels?” “No,” I replied. “Well, they’d say: ‘She’s 17 summers.’ And out of your 33...

Greenpeace, the Yes Men and the inside story of #ShellFail

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 11 June, 2012 48 comments

Last Thursday somebody on Youtube called "kstr3l" posted a video from his phone of a Shell PR event gone horribly, hilariously wrong. By Friday afternoon it had already been watched 500,000 times, and was making the rounds with the...

Got a question for Shell's Chairman?

Blog entry by JulietteH | 4 May, 2012

Mr. Jorma Ollila is the Non-Executive Chairman of Shell. He also happens to be the former CEO of mobile phone giant Nokia. Finnish National Broadcast Company YLE is offering you a chance to ask Ollila anything. He will be a guest...

Greenpeace Nordic intercepts Shell ship (again)

Blog entry by JulietteH | 3 May, 2012 6 comments

Greenpeace Nordic activists today intercepted at open sea and boarded a Shell-contracted icebreaker, the Nordica, to continue its protest against the oil major’s destructive plans to start drilling in the pristine Arctic region . Just...

Lloyd’s of London: Arctic drilling “a unique and hard to manage risk”

Blog entry by Vicky Wyatt, Greenpeace UK | 17 April, 2012 1 comment

The locals, scientists and green groups have been saying it for years but when a globally respected insurance company comes out and warns investors of the dangers of drilling in the fragile Arctic you’d have to have a hole in your head...

Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came...

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid, Greenpeace New Zealand | 27 February, 2012 9 comments

As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our...

Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Nick Young, Greenpeace New Zealand | 23 February, 2012 49 comments

Right now Greenpeace activists are stopping a Shell drill ship from leaving the Port of Taranaki in New Zealand for the Arctic. Climbers - including actress Lucy Lawless -have scaled the rig's drill derrick and set up camp,...

Why Shell’s spill response plan is a dog's breakfast

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 22 February, 2012

While we’re tweeting from the rooftop at London's National Gallery  (the banner is now down and Paula Bear is having a wander), we thought you might like to find out a bit more about Shell’s spill response plan – the document ...

Meeting the future leaders of Greenland

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 16 January, 2012 5 comments

A major storm is howling outside the building. The few people on the street are almost carried away by the wind. I am in Qaqortoq, in southern Greenland ,— one day late due to the unstable weather. And this is how it is in Greenland.

Arctic lightning strikes yet again as Cairn Energy strikes, er, nothing

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 1 December, 2011 3 comments

Fair play to Cairn Energy. It may not be any good at finding oil under the Arctic, but its press releases are guaranteed to raise a smile. Take today’s news on its 2011 Greenland drilling programme, for example, which was supposed to...

Finding heart in the melting Arctic

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 19 September, 2012 12 comments

The record has already been broken – but it is about to be shattered. This isn't the kind of record you wish to remember and tell your grandchildren about. This is no tale of great sporting achievement like Usain Bolt smashing...

Going to the Arctic to witness history

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 7 September, 2012

I’m aboard the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, just out of Tromsø in northern Norway, to  journey far north, to the edge of the Arctic sea ice. We’ll be there for the sea ice minimum, the moment each year where the sea ice...

Arctic Action LIVE!

Blog entry by cleronde | 24 August, 2012 61 comments

>>> UPDATE: New action is under way, read more <<<   Prirazlomnaya. It’s certainly a mouthful, but it’s also the new name – and face – of Arctic destruction today. This giant Russian platform is set to be the first to...

Greenpeace uncovers Gazprom's expired oil spill response plan

Blog entry by Jessica Wilson | 14 August, 2012 6 comments

Greenpeace Russia has uncovered a startling secret that Gazprom has been keeping from the world: its oil spill response plan for the Prirazlomnaya oil platform has expired, meaning any drilling the company undertakes in this part of...

"Do not talk with the Polar Bears"

Blog entry by Jiří Krupa | 9 August, 2012 9 comments

The day was the 25th of July. The weather was not stable and hands were shaking. This was it, the first action lead by Czech direct dialoguers. The aim was to show Shell that even its employees have enough sense to acknowledge that ...

Corals found at Shell’s proposed Arctic drilling site

Blog entry by John Hocevar | 3 August, 2012

Greetings from the Chukchi Sea, way up in the Arctic north of Alaska, where the team aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza is using a small submarine to study the seafloor in the area Shell hopes to begin drilling for oil this...

Our biggest day of action ever aims to Save the Arctic

Blog entry by Markus Power | 23 June, 2012 11 comments

Today is the biggest “Day of Action” we have ever done - with 2,000 volunteers taking part in 20 countries from Canada to Switzerland to Chile to Australia! Starting today, volunteers on the streets of 200 cities will talk to tens...

Drawing a line in the Arctic ice

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 21 June, 2012 7 comments

Earlier today at the Rio Earth Summit, Greenpeace joined forces with a host of famous names to demand that the uninhabited area of the High Arctic that lies around the North Pole be legally protected and kept off-limits to the...

Russia’s oil leaks – a forgotten disaster

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 22 May, 2012 4 comments

It’s late in the evening, but the sun has not yet settled here in Usinsk in the northernmost part of Russia where my Russian colleague and I arrived in a storming blizzard a few days ago. Located just at the border of the Arctic,...

Out in the cold: why Shell's Arctic plans are a risky investment

Blog entry by Charlie Kronick, Greenpeace UK | 22 May, 2012

The past few weeks has been dubbed by many as the 'shareholder spring' . Chief executives of some of the world’s biggest companies – Aviva, Cairn Energy, RBS, and HSBC among others – have suffered as shareholders have expressed...

10 ways you can protect the Arctic from Shell

Blog entry by JulietteH | 4 May, 2012 4 comments

Not a warrior princess ? Not really into getting up before dawn to board a Shell icebreaker ? Not quite up to spending several days on top of an oil rig ? Never fear, there are still many things you can do to help us save the...

Arctic sea ice decline breaking records over 1,000 years old

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 24 November, 2011 2 comments

According to a new paper in Nature, sea ice in the Arctic is now declining at a pace and scale not seen for over a thousand years. It estimates that after decades of decline, the amount of ice locked away in the High North is now 2...

Totally saying no to Arctic oil

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 26 September, 2012 11 comments

"Oil on Greenland would be a disaster." "Energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters." "The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area is simply too high." Sounds familiar? Today, it’s not...

Polar Bears take action against Gazprom’s Arctic plans

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 5 September, 2012

Early this morning, a team of intrepid polar bears from Greenpeace visited Gazprom’s flashy headquarters in Moscow. At the same time, activists from Greenpeace in Germany set up a leaking oil derrick outside the Gazprom offices in ...

Taking action from Arctic Sunrise

Blog entry by Dima Litvinov, aboard the Arctic Sunrise | 27 August, 2012 4 comments

" Root out the black shame from your heart, calmly and indifferently, I covered my ears with my hands " -- A. Akhamtova Anna Akhamtova is a famous Russian poet, and the name of the ship we were stopping today. After a rather...

Obama goes back to the future with Shell in the Arctic

Blog entry by Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA | 29 March, 2012 3 comments

We've just heard that a federal judge in Alaska has decided to impose a powerful legal injunction on Greenpeace US which prohibits even legal protests within a certain distance of Shell’s vessels involved in Arctic drilling...

23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster

Blog entry by Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA | 24 March, 2012 6 comments

Twenty-three years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound. The tanker spilled eleven million gallons of oil into the water, fouled 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coast and killed hundreds of...

A Frozen Planet under threat

Blog entry by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK | 26 October, 2011 1 comment

Like millions of people I have the next few Wednesday evenings mapped out already – I’ll watching David Attenborough’s groundbreaking new series Frozen Planet . In the tradition of Planet Earth and Human Planet, this new BBC...

Peaceful action for the Arctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | 29 September, 2011

In May 2011, Greenpeace volunteers from nine countries boarded the 53,000 tonne Leiv Eiriksson rig in the freezing waters west of Greenland to demand that UK company Cairn Energy publish its plan for dealing with an oil spill in the...

The bigger picture

Blog entry by Georgia | 9 September, 2011 3 comments

Everything north of Holland was new territory for me. I’d never seen the ice and could barely imagine it. When I asked a shipmate of mine what it was like, he said, you feel how old it is, how untouched. I was on watch when the first...

Arctic sea ice meltdown continues

Blog entry by JulietteH | 7 September, 2011 3 comments

We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a second-low record, just behind the 2007...

Polar Bears occupy Cairn Energy's Headquarters

Blog entry by JulietteH | 18 July, 2011 12 comments

A few moments ago, fifty polar bears entered Cairn Energy's Edinburgh headquarters and occupied it. Their purpose? To look for Cairn's elusive Arctic oil spill response plan, and to take your messages to the heart of the company. ...

Still missing: Cairn’s Arctic oil spill response plan

Blog entry by JulietteH | 30 June, 2011

We’ve been asking Cairn Energy to release their Arctic oil spill response plan for over a month now. The idea of an oil spill somewhere in the Arctic is something that terrifies me. While at Greenpeace, I’ve worked both on the...

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...

About the Expedition

Background | 12 October, 2009 at 14:18

The melting of the Greenland ice sheet is not only a clear sign of Global Warming, it is also a dire threat to the rest of the world.

No oil in the Arctic for Cairn, but hazardous chemicals aplenty


Blog entry by Bex, Greenpeace UK | 29 September, 2011

Yesterday brought the news that yet another Cairn well off Greenland - the sixth so far - has come up dry . The Delta-1 well will be plugged and abandoned and Cairn now has to pin its hopes for this year's drilling season on two...

Sea ice: melting, melting...

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 September, 2011 2 comments

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US has announced yesterday that Arctic sea ice had reached its annual minimum. It is, as we guessed last week, the second lowest extent in recorded history, just behind the all-time...

A meeting with “the Elvis of sea ice science”

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 12 September, 2011

A few months ago I took the train down from London to Cambridge with my colleague Frida Bengtsson, who is leading this expedition, so that we could meet up with Professor Peter Wadhams. As head of the University’s ‘Polar Ocean Physics...

Bearing down on us at 80 degrees North

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 7 September, 2011 6 comments

Woken up as usual at 7.30 for breakfast and cleaning, I’d had a shower and was getting clothed when someone said 'polar bears outside.' I said to Ethan, the assistant cook who is also my roomie, who has been aboard two weeks already.

Greenwash+20

Blog entry by Kaisa Kosonen, Greenpeace International | 15 June, 2012 1 comment

Today here at the Rio+20 Earth Summit , corporations will start their own sustainability party , hosted by the UN Global Compact. It’s not difficult to picture what it will be like: countless speeches and glossy brochures on...

Activists occupying Shell icebreaker ship in Finland

Blog entry by Eoin Dubsky | 1 May, 2012 10 comments

In an effort to prevent destructive oil drilling in the Arctic , dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour as it prepared to leave for the Alaskan Arctic. At...

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