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Together we can save the Arctic

Blog entry by Richard George | 21 June, 2012 13 comments

The Arctic is under threat. As you read this, oil companies and politicians are plotting to carve up the icy north, extending their national territories and searching for drill sites. But with your help, we can draw a line in the ice...

Stars launch campaign to save the Arctic

Press release | 21 June, 2012 at 14:22

Rio de Janeiro, June 21, 2012 - Hollywood actors have joined forces with rock stars, environmentalists, polar explorers and business leaders to launch a bid for a global sanctuary in the Arctic. The campaigners are demanding that oil drilling and...

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...

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...

Renewable energy, better car efficiency can save the Arctic from oil drilling

Press release | 5 June, 2012 at 13:00

Berlin, June 5, 2012 – A major expansion of renewable energy and more energy efficient vehicles can end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and save the fragile Arctic from the destruction of oil exploration, according to a new comprehensive...

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...

Nordica Icebreaker Action in Germany

Image | 7 May, 2012 at 12:39

Greenpeace activists intercept and protest against the Finnish icebreaker 'Nordica' in the Baltic Sea close to Ruegen in order to prevent the ship from heading to Shell’s Arctic oil drilling project in the north of Alaska. Activists in...

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...

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...

Swimmers block Shell Arctic icebreaker en route to Alaska

Press release | 4 May, 2012 at 16:00

Fehmern Belt, Denmark/Germany, 4 May 2012 – Greenpeace activists this morning swam in front of an icebreaker in the waters between Germany and Denmark to stop it from reaching the Arctic. The icebreaker Nordica is part of Shell's support fleet to...

Greenpeace Nordic intercepts Shell icebreaker to thwart Arctic drilling

Press release | 3 May, 2012 at 12:02

Öland, Sweden, 3 May 2012 – 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...

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...

You can save the Arctic

Video | 1 May, 2012 at 20:37

Activists from six countries talk about their motivation to take action against a Shell icebreaker in Finland.

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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...

Save the Arctic

Topic | 1 May, 2012 at 13:43

Sign up to save the Arctic The pristine and beautiful Arctic: Shell wants to exploit it for oil. We want it protected. Drilling in this fragile ecosystem – home to the polar bear, narwhal, Arctic fox and other iconic species – is...

Greenpeace blocks Arctic destruction Activists occupy Shell icebreaker in Finland

Press release | 1 May, 2012 at 12:43

Helsinki, 1 May 2012 – 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...

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...

With rights come responsibilities

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic | 29 March, 2012 5 comments

I’m in sunny Stockholm this week, spring is here for sure and woolly hats and gloves are yet again stored away for next winter.  In a grand Natural History museum not so far from where I work sit scientists, Indigenous representatives,...

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...

Exposing oil exploitation in the Russian Arctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | 28 March, 2012 2 comments

The Arctic Council is meeting in Stockholm today, and government representatives will discuss the sustainability – or not - of Arctic oil. We received this video yesterday from our colleagues in Russia who have just returned from a...

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...

Shell's Arctic Oil Drilling Plan

Image | 16 March, 2012 at 15:53

Greenpeace Nordic activists boarded the ice breakers Fennica and Nordica in Helsinki on 16 March. The activists protest against Shell's arctic oil drilling by dropping banners saying "Save the Arctic. Stop Shell". The government owned company...

Will brooms and shovels clean up the Arctic?

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 March, 2012 3 comments

New Zealand and Finland are practically on opposite sides of the planet, and quite a long way away from Alaska. Yet, they are the two starting points for Shell’s fleet of rented and commissioned ships that are preparing to get together...

Judge rejects bulk of Shell's proposed restraining order against Greenpeace

Press release | 2 March, 2012 at 14:45

Amsterdam, 2 March 2012 - A federal judge in Alaska has rejected the bulk of a lawsuit brought by Shell Oil Company against Greenpeace USA which would have been one of the broadest and most restrictive in US legal history, according to the...

Shell Contracted Drillship.

Slideshow | 29 February, 2012

Activists, actor Lucy Lawless arrested following Shell Arctic drillship occupation

Press release | 27 February, 2012 at 12:56

Auckland, 27 February 2012 - The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship's drilling tower and arrested the group. (1) The protest was...

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...

10 reasons why Arctic drilling is a really stupid idea

Blog entry by JulietteH | 24 February, 2012 8 comments

1. It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the harshest in the world, and everything you do there is more complicated than anywhere else. 2. Our climate can’t afford it. As the impacts of climate change ...

Lucy Lawless blocks Shell Arctic driller

Press release | 24 February, 2012 at 14:32

Auckland, 24 February 2012 — New Zealand actor Lucy Lawless — star of hit US TV show Spartacus and Xena: Warrior Princess — joined Greenpeace activists in stopping a Shell-contracted oil drillship from departing New Zealand for the Arctic, where...

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.

Telling the oil companies the truth

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 1 December, 2011 18 comments

Today, the Greenland Bureau of Mineral and Petroleum invited the world’s biggest oil companies to a meeting that can have extreme importance for the future of the Arctic. Greenland wants to open up an untouched area of the North-East...

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...

One world - two realities

Blog entry by Dima Litvinov | 29 November, 2011

Last week I heard two completely different views of the same thing. One came from a top Swedish government official at a seminar  on board the Greenpeace flag ship Rainbow Warrior dedicated to drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.  ...

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...

It's my Arctic too

Blog entry by Henning Reinton | 22 November, 2011 4 comments

On November 18th, Norway’s Foreign Minister  Jonas Gahr Stoere announced that drilling for oil in the Arctic is “ the project of a generation ”. It’s a bit unclear to me whose generation that is, but I can assure him it’s not mine. ...

Photographing a frozen planet

Blog entry by Nick Cobbing | 27 October, 2011 1 comment

Along with millions of other people, last night I watched the first long awaited Frozen Planet episode. It had an extra significance as I've visited many of the same places in the arctic, particularly Greenland (that the programme...

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...

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...

Greenpeace activists convicted for stopping Arctic oil rig

Press release | 27 September, 2011 at 17:35

Copenhagen, 27th September 2011 - 20 Greenpeace activists who took peaceful direct action to protect the Arctic have been found guilty of trespassing and fined by a Greenland Court [1], after they scaled one of the world’s biggest oil rigs. In...

Frozen in time

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 22 September, 2011 4 comments

I will never forget Pyramiden , an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people.

Polar bear

Image | 21 September, 2011 at 18:44

An adult polar bear that approached the Arctic Sunrise in the sea ice west of Svalbard. Polar bears are ever curious and will often approach ships that are frozen into or breaking through the sea ice.

Curious bears, mesmerised humans

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 19 September, 2011 2 comments

At about a quarter to eight, still sitting in the Mess having just cleaned off Ronnie's lasagne, we got a call from Paul, the first mate, over the ship's tanoy system. "There's a big polar bear to our starboard." Everyone together...

Greenpeace activists face Greenland court for stopping Arctic oil rig

Press release | 16 September, 2011 at 15:04

Copenhagen, 16th September 2011 - 20 Greenpeace activists who took peaceful direct action to protect the Arctic will today stand trial before a Greenland Court, charged with illegally breaching a security zone and trespass after they scaled one...

Sailing, satellites and sadness

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 16 September, 2011 2 comments

Four decades ago, around the same time that Greenpeace was founded, scientists began studying the Arctic sea ice from satellites. At that time, the greatest threat to humanity was the development and use of nuclear weapons. Now we know...

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...

The price of Arctic oil

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 16 September, 2011 5 comments

Early one June morning this year, along with 19 fellow activists I jumped off a Greenpeace inflatable and climbed up the vertical wall of the leg of a giant oil rig, the Leiv Eiriksson, which was drilling nearly 200km off the coast of...

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