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Putting a stop to the Arctic Meltdown

Feature story | 26 January, 2010 at 1:00

Should the oil companies be allowed to take advantage of melting ice to drill for more oil in the warming Arctic? Should industrial fishing fleets be allowed to chase the last remnants of fished-out stocks into the areas where ice has previously...

Arctic melting: the science behind the ice

Feature story | 20 September, 2012 at 13:34

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) ended the wait on Wednesday, announcing what many already had expected: that the Arctic sea ice extent had not only hit a record low, it had dramatically receded to levels not previously anticipated.

My Arctic Home

Blog entry by Clara Natanine | 25 August, 2016 2 comments

I live in Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) in the Canadian Arctic. Most people have never heard of my town. It's 450km north of the Arctic Circle with a population of roughly 1,000. We are isolated from much of the world, but we feel very...

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...

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.

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.

The Arctic is worth fighting for

Blog entry by Yeb Saño, Philippines Climate Change Commissioner | 11 September, 2014 1 comment

As I witness with my own eyes the sublime and spectacular beauty of the Arctic, I realize that we live on a deeply interconnected planet. What happens all over the world affects this region in seriously profound and intricate ways. And...

Interview with a polar bear expert

Blog entry by Larissa Beumer | 27 February, 2016

This year, celebrate International Polar Bear Day by learning more about these amazing animals from a scientist who has studied them for decades.   Thor S. Larsen is a pioneer in polar bear research. He began his academic...

A powerful vote for free speech - thanks to Shell

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | 4 December, 2012 1 comment

As a Greenpeace lawyer, people often ask me whether I don't feel hopeless, seeing how wealthy polluters can adjust laws to serve their needs. But a recent ruling makes me optimistic that might isn’t always right. On a frigid morning...

Seeking justice for the Arctic 30

Blog entry by Sergey Golubok and Kristin Casper | 17 March, 2014 4 comments

Today, we launched a case at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic 30, who spent two months in Russian jail for a peaceful protest to save the Arctic. The 30 individuals are requesting "just...

1000 art works and counting for Arctic protection

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 14 April, 2016

One day, Albert Einstein – that grey-haired master of imagination and thinker of all things outside the box – had something to say. “Creativity,” he mused, “is contagious. Pass it on.” His theory of relativity must not have been the...

Twelve Nobel Prize winners, a Beatle, and the Pope can't all be wrong

Blog entry by Nick Young | 15 April, 2016 1 comment

On 18 September 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of...

Activists say ShellNo! as oil rig departs for Arctic

Blog entry by Dawn Bickett | 16 June, 2015

Today, Shell Oil's drilling rig – the Polar Pioneer – left port to drill in the Arctic. Shell received government permission to drill in the Arctic this summer despite its history of failures and safety violations, the Obama...

10 photos that show the power of the #PeopleVsShell

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 13 July, 2015

Shell's Arctic drilling fleet is currently on its way to one of the most remote areas on the planet, and the public spotlight on the oil giant is only getting brighter. Hot on the heels of the inspiring protests against Shell in ...

4 ways you can use the law to call out the fossil fuel industry – join the wave of...

Blog entry by Tom Lowe | 7 November, 2016

The Paris agreement has catapulted us all into a new reality. Governments have signed it, now they must act on it. And meanwhile, a global movement of people against fossil fuels is moving ahead - and you can be a part of it. We are...

Don’t look now, but there was just a mass exodus of oil companies from the US Arctic

Blog entry by Jason Schwartz | 11 June, 2016

With the departure of a Spanish oil company from the Chukchi Sea, only Shell still holds a drilling lease in US Arctic waters. Here’s why an Arctic oil boom never happened and why it probably never will. Now that Spanish oil...

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 ...

Expedition launch: Arctic Under Pressure

Feature story | 12 May, 2010 at 16:20

We are returning to the Arctic Ocean with our ship the Esperanza this month to reinforce the urgent need to protect one of the most pristine and fragile environments on Earth.

Meet the judges and see the winning design

Feature story | 15 March, 2013 at 9:00

We're excited to announce the winner of our youth flag design competition, run in collaboration with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The winning flag design will be planted on the seabed at the North Pole next month!

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...

Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig

Feature story | 31 August, 2010 at 14:56

Our activists are suspended 15 meters above the frigid Arctic waters of Baffin Bay. They have taken up position on the drilling rig Stena Don to call for a ban on deep sea oil drilling in the Arctic, and demand that ‘wild cat’ oil company Cairn...

Motley Crew Arctic Tour 2012

Feature story | 28 June, 2012 at 19:39

You don’t have to be from Russia or Norway to have a stake in what happens to the Arctic – we’re all affected. That is why on June 29th we set sail on the Arctic Sunrise with a truly international crew to demand a truly international response to...

Hope floats at heavenly lake

Blog entry by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin | 23 February, 2016

This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now...

The "get lost zone" - a novel concept in international law

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | 30 May, 2014 15 comments

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That seems to be the thinking of Norway's Petroleum Ministry, which yesterday issued a highly irregular order in an attempt to bring an end to the Esperanza's peaceful protest in the Barents...

3 things to know about today’s US-Canada climate agreement

Blog entry by John Deans | 11 March, 2016

President Obama's first hang-out with the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau started off with a pretty chill subject: the Arctic. In a  “Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership”  issued today,...

Peter Willcox, be(a)ring witness

Blog entry by Barbara Stowe | 15 October, 2013

Captain Peter Willcox is the very definition of a mensch. The first thing he taught me was courage. I met him in Vancouver, Canada, in the spring of 2007, when he was skippering the Esperanza for the Greenpeace USA Bering Witness tour.

This is BIG! McDonald’s, Tesco, Young’s Seafood... commit to safeguard the Arctic

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 25 May, 2016 2 comments

Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands  McDonald’s , Tesco , Young’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters. Together with the Norwegian Fishing...

A new chapter for Arctic oil? Not on our watch.

Blog entry by Sophie Allain | 8 June, 2016 1 comment

The 18th May 2016 was just an ordinary Wednesday for most. But for the petroleum industry in the Arctic, it was the "start of a new chapter". If Arctic oil were a fiction novel it would make a particularly dark drama, with no...

Earth is in danger, but only we can save ourselves

Blog entry by Peter Willcox | 17 June, 2016 1 comment

I’ve been a captain for Greenpeace for 35 years, fighting for our environment in every corner of the globe. I’ve confronted polluters, poachers, smugglers, terrorists, criminals – both private and corporate – armies, navies, vigilantes...

Nominating the CEO of Exxon for US Secretary of State reveals just how desperate the...

Blog entry by Kelly Mitchell | 9 January, 2017

On the surface, this looks like a power grab. In reality, it’s a last ditch attempt at relevancy.   In December, President-elect of the United States Donald Trump officially nominated Exxon Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson for...

We are going to court!

Blog entry by Michelle Jonker-Argueta | 15 February, 2017 1 comment

It's time we hold governments accountable for their climate promises; we must protect the pristine Arctic - it's critical for the preservation of our planet for future generations. That’s why we’re taking Arctic oil to court. ...

Why we are taking Arctic oil to court

Blog entry by Ingrid Skjoldvær and Truls Gulowsen | 19 October, 2016 2 comments

With this historic court case a new generation is now taking action to stop oil companies from kidnapping our future.  Nature & Youth and Greenpeace Nordic, alongside a broad coalition, have filed an unprecedented people-powered legal...

Greenpeace takes on Europe's biggest carmaker… and wins!

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | 6 March, 2013 2 comments

24 Sept 2015 UPDATE: Q&A: WTF the Volkswagen diesel scandal? // The force is with you and together you made Volkswagen (VW) do a handbrake turn on improving the efficiency of its cars. Something they said they could...

I'm standing between Shell and the Arctic. Join me.

Blog entry by Audrey Siegl | 18 June, 2015

Today, First Nations artist and activist Audrey Siegl stood on a small boat, bravely confronting Shell's 300-foot-tall Arctic drilling platform in Canadian waters off the coast of British Columbia on its way to the Alaskan Arctic. This...

2013: The Year In Photos

Feature story | 24 December, 2013 at 14:30

The year 2013 has been very eventful for Greenpeace on all points of the compass. Whether it be turning around a cargo container filled with fin whale meat in Hamburg, getting the palm oil industry to think twice about deforestation in Indonesia,...

11 moments that broke the internet in 2015

Blog entry by Stefanus Wongsodiredjo | 29 December, 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect back on some of the people powered moments that pulled our heart strings, filled us with passion or simply inspired us. Here are a few of them, from Greenpeace and beyond... 1. Imagine if we...

Your voice will reach the Arctic

Blog entry by Pilar Marcos | 2 June, 2016 2 comments

If you're reading this, you're probably one of eight million people who dream of there being a sanctuary in the Arctic. And a year ago, you quite likely had a good feeling when you discovered that your voice, combined with others',...

My first time in the Arctic

Blog entry by Paloma | 24 June, 2016 3 comments

This week held huge hope for the Arctic. We could have seen the start of a sanctuary protecting one of the most pristine and beautiful parts of our planet. But the  OSPAR nations meeting in Tenerife, Spain have failed the Arctic.

You did it! Shell abandons Arctic drilling

Blog entry by April Glaser | 30 September, 2015 2 comments

This week Shell announced plans to abandon its Arctic oil drilling operations. This is huge. From activists who scaled Shell’s rig in April or who stopped one of Shell’s ships this July, to the millions of people all...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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