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President Obama is visiting Alaska to talk climate: Here's what you need to know

Blog entry by Ryan Schleeter | 31 August, 2015 7 comments

President Obama is visiting Alaska today to put a spotlight on the realities of climate change and to forge his climate legacy. But less than two weeks ago, he granted Shell final approval to drill for oil in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. ...

Shell's drilling plans just got cut in half — by walruses

Blog entry by Cassady Sharp | 1 July, 2015 1 comment

The animal that comes most readily to mind when thinking of the Arctic, climate change, or sea ice melt is certainly the polar bear. Who woulda thunk, then, that the walrus would turn out to be the most headache-inducing megafauna for...

The People vs Shell: Why I took to the water to stop Arctic drilling

Blog entry by James Blakely | 1 July, 2015

Last month, 350.org activist James Blakely joined Greenpeace USA and local allies to courageously challenge Shell and its Arctic drilling plans. Greenpeace USA shares his story here: June 11, 2015 It’s a beautiful, clear June...

What happens in the Arctic affects us all

Blog entry by Kirsten Thompson | 7 June, 2016 3 comments

The Arctic is a remote wilderness that is home to some of the most iconic, and threatened, wildlife on Earth, including polar bears, narwhal and Arctic foxes. Few of us have been lucky enough to explore the expanses of sea ice,...

7 social media moments that will keep us fighting in 2017

Blog entry by Stefanus Wong | 23 December, 2016

If anyone has ever sneered at the idea of slacktivism, 2016 would like to prove them wrong. From fake news to echo chambers to trolls, this year, social media became more than just a “status update”. There are 1.79 billion active...

The wave is rolling!

Blog entry by Michelle Jonker-Argueta | 29 November, 2017 3 comments

As the People vs. Arctic Oil Trial comes to an end, the battle against climate change continues in courtrooms around the world After seven days of court hearings, the  People vs. Arctic oil trial has come to an end.  We expect...

Great news for the Arctic AND the Antarctic!

Blog entry by Louisa Casson | 1 December, 2017 2 comments

Today is a great day for oceans at both ends of the earth. Last night, governments from around the world agreed to protect a huge part of the Arctic Ocean against all commercial fishing. Thanks to the millions of you who supported...

Giant melting da Vinci artwork recreated on Arctic sea ice

Press release | 7 September, 2011 at 16:50

Fram Strait, Arctic, 7 September 2011 – A giant version of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous sketch ‘Vitruvian Man’ depicted melting from the sea ice into the Arctic Ocean has been constructed just 800 kilometres from the North Pole, as a call for...

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...

Green groups stand with Indigenous People to demand Climate Action and Indigenous Rights

Press release | 9 December, 2015 at 15:04

Paris, 9 December 2015 – Today, the famous Greenpeace giant polar bear was brought to Le Bourget to add pressure on governments to agree on an ambitious climate deal.

Shell abandons Arctic plans - Greenpeace International response

Press release | 28 September, 2015 at 14:51

Amsterdam, 28 September 2015 - Responding to the news that Shell has abandoned its Arctic drilling programme after a disappointing season in Alaska, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo said:

Greenpeace US climbers block Shell's Arctic-bound vessel

Press release | 29 July, 2015 at 14:33

Portland, Oregon, 29 July, 2015 - 26 climbers have blocked Shell's Arctic icebreaking vessel, the MSV Fennica, as it attempted to leave Portland, Oregon. The climbers are currently preventing the ship from passing underneath the bridge on its way...

Shell drilling support vessel turned back by blockade, climbers remain after 30 hours

Press release | 30 July, 2015 at 21:45

Portland, Oregon, 30 July, 2015 - Greenpeace USA activists suspended from the St. John’s Bridge in Portland for more than 30 hours have successfully prevented Shell’s Arctic drilling support vessel, the Fennica, from leaving Portland today.

Obama urged to cancel Arctic drilling plans as standoff with Shell vessel ends

Press release | 31 July, 2015 at 8:33

Portland, USA, 30 July 2015 - The 26 Greenpeace USA activists that formed the 40-hour blockade stopping Shell’s icebreaker from leaving port have now come down from the St John’s Bridge in Portland, Oregon.

Scientists alarmed by ‘seismic blasting’ by oil industry in the Arctic Ocean

Press release | 24 August, 2015 at 10:15

Greenland Sea, 24 August 2015 - Firing seismic airguns to find new oil reserves in the Arctic Ocean is ‘alarming’ and could seriously injure whales and other marine life, according to a new scientific review. The oil industry is increasingly...

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...

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...

Polar Oceans in Peril
...and a planet at risk

Publication | 6 July, 2009 at 17:08

The Arctic and the Antarctic are under assault - from the impacts of rapidly accelerating climate change; from increased industrialisation; and from the unchecked consumption of our planet's resources.

Annual minimum area of Arctic sea-ice extent announced

Feature story | 18 September, 2009 at 2:00

The minimum area of summer Arctic sea-ice extent was reported this week to have plummeted to the third-lowest level in recorded history. This is Earth's way of saying that we're reaching the limits of what the planet can sustain.

Arctic Meltdown

Feature story | 2 September, 2009 at 2:00

A climate tipping point is looming closer every day in the Arctic. The more we find out about the Polar Regions, the more we realise that what we know about the impact of feedback effects has been underestimated. Recent discoveries highlight the...

Urgent action needed as Arctic ice melts

Feature story | 15 July, 2009 at 2:00

Arctic ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. As scientists on board the Arctic Sunrise gather more data showing the urgency of the situation, world leaders stay inactive.

What's happening on board the Arctic Sunrise?

Feature story | 12 July, 2012 at 14:08

The North Pole without sea ice is a chilling thought. Sea ice is a fundamental part of the Arctic ecosystem; it is not only a vital habitat for animals such as polar bears and seabirds that live above it, but it is also essential for marine...

What do the experts say?

Feature story | 29 September, 2013 at 12:00

A great number of legal experts have commented on the boarding and seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and on the piracy and hooliganism charges against the Arctic 30.

Global Head of Greenpeace Deported from Greenland

Press release | 21 June, 2011 at 14:14

Greenland, June 21 2011 - The International Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail. He is being flown to Copenhagen, where he will be held in prison for the night before being taken...

Arctic Ocean

Background | 20 March, 2014 at 18:00

Millions of people are queuing up to help save the Arctic and to protect it from oil drilling, overfishing and land grabs. They all want to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole, and ban offshore drilling and destructive industry in the...

EU Parliament joins rockstars and scientists calling for Arctic sanctuary around...

Press release | 12 March, 2014 at 15:20

Brussels, 12 March 2014 - The European Parliament today passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region. The text echoes the demands of an...

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...

UK Document on Arctic Drilling

Publication | 24 May, 2011 at 13:07

UK Document on impossibility of oil spill clean up in the Arctic

Every 10 seconds...

Blog entry by Elizabeth Monaghan | 10 September, 2015 2 comments

24 hours per day. 7 days per week. For weeks on end. The Arctic Ocean is being blasted by deafening 259 decibel explosions. Why? To map oil deposits under the ocean floor so that Shell and other big oil companies know where to set...

Five ways seismic blasting threatens whales

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | 4 September, 2015 1 comment

We don't have to look very far back in history to find proof of why offshore oil drilling is a dangerous endeavour. The BP oil blowout and the Exxon-Valdez spill both left surrounding regions devastated, and neither company was able to...

Close your eyes and imagine an Arctic sanctuary

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 16 July, 2015

This is a story about the frozen ocean at the top of our planet. It's wild and untouched, and at the moment it's owned by everyone and no-one. This is the Arctic high seas, the wild west of the high north, and our global commons. But...

Ban Ki-moon and Arctic hope

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 10 July, 2015

This week I am just a wee bit jealous of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He has visited the Svalbard archipelago, somewhere I have always dreamed of going. I find myself trying to imagine what Ban Ki-moon must be seeing...

OSPAR victory: Arctic protection is one step closer

Blog entry by Pilar Marcos | 30 June, 2015

The Arctic Ocean is currently the world's most vulnerable ocean. But the hope is this will soon change. At a meeting held in Ostend, Belgium, last week, the OSPAR Convention agreed to adopt specific measures to protect its Arctic...

OSPAR: The Arctic can't wait

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | 22 June, 2015

Government representatives from 15 countries, including the European Union, are meeting this week in Ostend, Belgium. These countries make up the OSPAR Commission which regulates the Northeast Atlantic Ocean. A big part of the...

Then & Now: Launching a "Mind Bomb" to save the Arctic

Blog entry by Emily Hunter | 22 June, 2015

Staring out at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, I feel a sense of past and present colliding. Forty-four years ago in these same waters off Canada's west coast, my father Robert Hunter and a group of Greenpeace co-founders...

It's time for OSPAR to protect the Arctic

Blog entry by Dr. Neil Hamilton | 12 November, 2014

OSPAR? Never heard of it? I'm not surprised. A cosy little club of countries which once had lofty aims of cleaning up the North Atlantic, but now seems destined to preside over the destruction of one of the world's most iconic regions:...

Every act of peaceful rebellion adds up

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 18 September, 2013 28 comments

I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning with my stomach in knots as I scrambled to check my twitter feed and email. It was five a.m. but I was wide awake; physically in Amsterdam but my heart in Russia where I knew that five of...

Flag for the Future

Blog entry by Vivienne Westwood | 10 December, 2012

The Arctic has always been a place that inspires the imagination. A great frozen ocean at the top of the world where the northern lights illuminate the sky and huge white bears swim in the icy waters is a place like no other on Earth.

Remembering the Warrior

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | 10 July, 2012 9 comments

Today is the 27th anniversary of the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior by French secret service agents here in Auckland harbour. That is a long time ago now, but every year at this time I am reminded in crystal clear detail of...

The road to Arctic protection

Blog entry by Sara del Rio | 10 May, 2016 1 comment

Over the past year, many you have helped put pressure on OSPAR (the Oslo-Paris Convention) to stand up for Arctic protection. Since we started work on getting OSPAR to protect an area around the North Pole roughly the size of the UK...

Melting sea ice breaks new records — an Arctic sanctuary is more urgent than ever

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 23 March, 2017 9 comments

With sea ice at record low levels this winter, the Arctic needs us now perhaps more than ever. Last week, a vote in the European Parliament showed that Arctic protection has become an established conversation in the corridors of...

The Arctic Sunrise has been seized. Here’s why:

Blog entry by Diego Gonzaga | 18 August, 2017 4 comments

The message is clear: Norway, it’s time to choose people over oil. 35 activists from 25 countries around the world are in the Barents Sea to demand an end to Arctic drilling.   Today, activists from the Arctic Sunrise on...

Protect the Arctic

Action | 5 September, 2011 at 15:24

Protect the Arctic.

Russian government broke international law in Greenpeace Arctic 30 case - tribunal

Press release | 24 August, 2015 at 21:59

Vienna, 24 August 2015 - An international tribunal today ruled that the Russian government broke international law by boarding a Greenpeace ship and detaining its crew following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling in 2013.

Greenpeace activists stop sales at all Shell petrol stations in Zurich

Press release | 30 June, 2015 at 13:59

Zurich, 30 June, 2015 - In the early hours of this morning, around 85 Greenpeace activists blocked all Shell’s fuel stations in Zurich. The protest is part of a global campaign seeking to challenge Shell’s controversial plans to drill in the...

Filipino climate commissioner at Arctic sea ice edge as it reaches minimum

Press release | 11 September, 2014 at 12:15

Longyearbyen, 11 September 2014 - As the Arctic sea ice reaches its lowest extent of the year, Filipino climate commissioner Yeb Saño is at the ice edge with Greenpeace to demand that world leaders take action on climate change at the upcoming...

Six Greenpeace climbers scale Shell’s Arctic-bound oil rig

Press release | 6 April, 2015 at 21:43

Pacific Ocean, 6 April 2015 - Six Greenpeace climbers have intercepted an Arctic-bound Shell oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 750 miles north-west of Hawaii and have scaled the 38,000 tonne platform.

Point of No Return

Publication | 22 January, 2013 at 15:00

The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. With total disregard for this unfolding global disaster, the fossil fuel industry is planning 14 massive coal, oil and gas projects that would...

Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Feature story | 10 January, 2007 at 1:00

The good news is the polar bear is likely to given extra protection under US law. The bad news is its home is disappearing faster than ever. With 2007 predicted to be the warmest year on record it looks like they'll need all the protection they...

Greenpeace Activists End Arctic Oil Rig Occupation

Feature story | 2 September, 2010 at 17:25

Severe weather has forced activists to end their occupation of the Stena Don oil rig in the Arctic last night: after two days of hanging some 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters and forcing the rigs operators, Cairn Energy, to suspend...

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