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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...

Another ordinary day in the Arctic…

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 13 September, 2011 2 comments

This afternoon I was on watch. Bear watch. Whenever there are people out on the ice, it’s necessary for a couple of people at least, and more if there’s fog, to be keeping a look out. On these occasions there’s usually one person up...

Shell: "Something has gone wrong here"

Blog entry by Bex | 19 August, 2011 3 comments

Shell has apologised for the North Sea oil spill and for its own lack of transparency saying: "The fact is something has gone wrong here, so whatever risk assessment we made about the condition of these pipes has proven to be wrong...

A couple questions for Shell

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 17 August, 2011 8 comments

What does the ongoing North Sea oil spill say about Shell’s plans to open up the Arctic , where an accident would be all but impossible to clean up? Personally, it seems to me that if Shell can’t get it right in the supposedly...

Risky business in the far north

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 4 August, 2011 4 comments

Today Cairn Energy published the latest operational update for its risky oil drilling off Greenland and the news, at least for the wildcat oil company, was far from good. For the second year in succession Cairn has announced it ...

Leaving Ny-Ålesund

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 13 July, 2010

Greenpeace International's Comms Project Manager, Dave Walsh writes from the Esperanza, as the Arctic Under Pressure Expedition 2010 sadly comes to an end. Following its return from the far north of Svalbard, where it had been...

Fogbows at 81 North

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 8 July, 2010

Dave Walsh writes from Esperanza, currently sailing the Arctic ocean as part of Greenpeace's Arctic Under Pressure Expedition 2010 . While we’ve been off the coast of Svalbard, we’ve had had all kinds of weather – but luckily...

The last dive of the drop-camera

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 5 July, 2010 2 comments

Dr Iris Menn is a marine biologist and Greenpeace oceans campaigner onboard the Esperanza Today we sent the drop-camera for her last dive along a so-called 'transect' – which is basically a distance from A to B. She dived down to...

Building a better NEMO

Blog entry by Gavin Newman | 30 June, 2010 1 comment

Gavin Newman is a long time Greenpeace cameraman, photographer, diver and now, remote-controlled submarine driver! It all seemed very simple in the beginning. I’d been using remote controlled cameras for years, bolting them on...

Iwi Fishing Boat Disrupts Oil Survey Ship

Blog entry by Nick Young | 23 April, 2011 4 comments

Today in the face of navy warship HMNZS Taupo , the crew of te Wh ā nau ā Apanui’s fishing boat San Pietro went fishing at a safe distance in front of the deep sea oil survey ship, Orient Explorer. The longline with ...

Deteriorating weather conditions force activists to end Arctic oil rig protest

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 22 April, 2011 4 comments

After bold action to stop Arctic drilling, the climbers have been forced by bad weather to end their protest onboard the world’s second largest oil rig, the Leiv Eiriksson. Early this morning, activists intercepted the Cairn...

April 28: Greenpeace actions in Sweden, Turkey against dirty energy; BP blocked...

Blog entry by JulietteH | 29 April, 2010

This blog entry was originally written by Melissa on April 28th, but due to our website migration appears to be from a different date and author. Thirty Greenpeace activists in Stockholm have shut down the office of...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

Daily News: TEPCO injects nitrogen into Fukushima nuclear plant, and Arctic...

Blog entry by Alexa P | 7 April, 2011

Top news: Nitrogen injected into Fukushima’s reactor 1 to avert potential explosion; proposal to reduce global temperatures by “whitening clouds” could actually increase global warming; Arctic freshwater melt set to flood into ocean,...

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.

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...

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...

As sea-ice retreats, still no oil found in the Arctic

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 13 September, 2011 1 comment

This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever. Arctic sea ice acts like the planet’s air...

Cairn's oil spill response plan: Hope there's no oil spill

Blog entry by JulietteH | 1 September, 2011 16 comments

Two things transpired yesterday in the (slightly insane) world of Arctic oil drilling. First, oil spill expert Richard Steiner took a good look at Cairn Energy’s Greenland oil spill response plan (the one over 100,000 people...

Verdict: Cairn's oil spill plan is outlandish, simplistic and "wholly inadequate"

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | 31 August, 2011 1 comment

Earlier this month, after more than 100,000 of you asked Cairn Energy to open up its Arctic oil spill response plan to public scrutiny, the government of Greenland stepped in and published it . The verdict is now in. Veteran marine...

The Frozen Waltz

Blog entry by Henning Reinton | 30 August, 2011 8 comments

Ever had that dream where your house moved while you were sleeping in your bed? Where you wake up and walk out the door to find that your house has pulled up its roots and drifted down the valley to where the river meets the sea? ...

Daily News: Greenpeace boss profiled in the Wall Street Journal: protecting people...

Blog entry by JPateraki | 26 August, 2011

© Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace Top news: Greenpeace leader Kumi Naidoo tells the WSJ about protecting people and the planet; melting sea ice is causing Arctic sea routes to open faster; Dolphins use a “conching” technique to catch fish.

Into thin ice

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 25 August, 2011 6 comments

The cracking and rumbling when the ship pushes the ice flows aside to make passage; the countless shades of blue and white in the ice, sea, and melt water; the feeling of being completely removed from the ordinary world, without...

The risks of investing in Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | 25 August, 2011 3 comments

On Tuesday, Cairn Energy published its half-yearly results . There isn't much for the company to shout about in there; halfway through their 2011 drilling season, they have yet to find any oil in the Arctic. Keen to spin these...

Whales and narwhals under threat from oil drilling

Blog entry by Richard Page | 11 July, 2011

In 1996 I was part of a Greenpeace team dispatched to document an oil spill resulting from the grounding of the Sea Empress on the coast of South-West Wales. Approximately 72,000 tonnes of crude oil were released into the sea, oiling...

Postcard from the Arctic Ocean: Can you accept this?

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 22 June, 2010 4 comments

Dave Walsh writes from the Esperanza. No, this is not a product placement… it’s a real picture of a real coke can lying on the Arctic Ocean sea bed at a depth of 200m, 25km off the north coast of Svalbard, photographed by the...

A different climate perspective: A view on the UN negotiations from the Arctic

Blog entry by Martin Kaiser | 4 June, 2010

From Martin Kaiser, political advisor on climate, on board the Esperanza in Svalbard. This week the United Nations climate negotiations are continuing in Bonn , Germany. Actually, I should be there right from the beginning, but I...

Esperanza in the Arctic!

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 27 May, 2010 5 comments

Dave Walsh, Greenpeace comms officer and blogger, writes from our ship in the far North . It’s a long, long way from Germany to Svalbard, but the Esperanza has arrived at Ny Ålesund, just 1,231km from the North Pole , for the...

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...

Thank you from Kumi

Blog entry by Nick Young | 22 June, 2011 13 comments

Global Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and his fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern have now been released from custody and are renewing their call for Cairn Energy to release it's Arctic oil spill response plan. In this video Kumi talks...

A Father's day letter for Kumi in jail

Blog entry by Nick Young | 19 June, 2011 34 comments

Kumi Naidoo - the international head of Greenpeace is currently in a Greenlandic jail following his stand against Cairn Energy's reckless oil drilling here in the Arctic. His daughter Naomi sent him this letter in jail for Father's...

What the judge said

Blog entry by Nick Young | 10 June, 2011 22 comments

Over the past few weeks we’ve been campaigning to stop risky oil drilling in the Arctic – by taking direct action up here off the Greenland coast and by shining a light on Cairn Energy’s failure to publish its oil spill response plan...

Daily News: Judge asks Cairn Energy to produce oil spill response plan and Japanese...

Blog entry by Kamila P | 7 June, 2011 1 comment

Top news: Dutch judge asks Arctic oil drillers Cairn Energy for their oil spill plan; Japan doubles its initial estimate of radiation; more boys than girls are born due to nuclear radiation; Japanese workers ditch business suits in...

LIVE ACTION: Greenpeace delegation boards Arctic oil rig demanding missing spill plan

Blog entry by Nick Young | 4 June, 2011 72 comments

It never really gets dark here in the Arctic but in the soft silver light of the early morning five inflatable speedboats left the side of the Esperanza. They carried a delegation of eighteen activists and headed for the giant Leiv...

Activists arrested and pod captured but this is not the end

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | 2 June, 2011 50 comments

Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside. Hannah and Luke had been suspended ...

Love for the pod

Blog entry by JulietteH | 1 June, 2011

Hannah and Luke have been living in an Arctic survival pod suspended under the belly of a giant oil rig . They've been there now for three days. It's not easy - even if the pod shelters them from most of the bad weather, it's still a...

Update from the Arctic survival pod: 48 hours and going strong!

Blog entry by Hannah | 31 May, 2011 23 comments

We’ve now been suspended beneath the Cairn oil rig in our Arctic survival pod for over 48 hours. After leaving the Esperanza at 3am to scale the rig and then a hard day rigging up the pod and setting up camp we were pretty exhausted...

Update: Climbers still occupying Arctic oil rig

Blog entry by Jess Miller | 22 April, 2011 6 comments

Climbers are still occupying the huge oil rig which departed from Turkey early this morning bound for a dangerous deep drilling operation in the off the coast of Greenland in the Arctic. Early this morning the activists ...

Gulf of Mexico oil spill worsens

Blog entry by JulietteH | 29 April, 2010 6 comments

Written by Almudena, this is a round up of the day's news featuring Greenpeace issues.   Rivers of oil spreading over the ocean after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Platform Explosion Five times more oil a day than...

The writing is on the wall as Kumi Naidoo is released from jail and deported

Blog entry by Nick Young | 21 June, 2011 9 comments

Today Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail for his part in a month of direct action on Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson.  Kumi, like the other 20...

Kumi's commitment

Blog entry by Madeleine Habib | 20 June, 2011 1 comment

Captain of  the Esperanza, Madeleine Habib shares with us what it was like onboard in the hours leading up to Kumi Naidoo's boarding of the Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson ... Finally, we had Kumi Naidoo on board Esperanza. ...

Injunction will not stop Arctic oil campaign

Blog entry by Nick Young | 9 June, 2011 22 comments

The Arctic 18 have now been in a Greenland jail for 5 days after being arrested for boarding the Cairn oil rig here in the Arctic looking for its elusive oil spill response plan. Today the Dutch court granted the injunction...

Meet the Arctic 18

Blog entry by Nick Young | 8 June, 2011

Our delegation of 18 from the Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise were arrested on board the Cairn oil rig Leiv Eiriksson on Saturday. Four days later they are still in jail. They boarded the rig to ask for Cairn’s secret Oil Spill...

Oil company's lawsuit against Greenpeace backfires

Blog entry by Nick Young | 6 June, 2011 29 comments

Update from Andrew in Amsterdam: Just want to add something our legal team told me about... Tzeporah was Tweeting updates during the hearing. At one point Cairn's lawyers noticed and said to the judge, "Your honor, I have to...

Today we fight Cairn in court

Blog entry by Nick Young | 6 June, 2011 8 comments

Today our fight for the Arctic moves from the frozen seas of Greenland into the courts of Amsterdam and Greenland. Following our first occupation of its oil rig at the beginning of last week Cairn filed for an injunction with...

Greenpeace activists stop oil drilling for second time in one week

Blog entry by Nick Young | 4 June, 2011 34 comments

Just before being arrested today, Greenpeace oil campaigner Ben Ayliffe radioed the nearby Greenpeace ship Esperanza from the oil rig he and 17 activists had boarded : “We have met with the drill manager and requested a copy of the...

Life on the Esperanza in the Arctic

Blog entry by Martin | 2 June, 2011 5 comments

I'm writing this in my bunk onboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, which is currently involved in action against Cairn energy's reckless attempts to drill for oil in the pristine Arctic waters around Greenland's breathtaking...

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