Top news: Greenpeace activists and a life-size polar bear took action at Cairn Energy offices, which; US activists were released on bail after being arrested for scaling a smokestack and the occupation of the potato warehouse in Sweden continues.

Polar Bear at Cairn Headquarters © Felix Clay / Greenpeace


#oil/Action Paula Bear paid an unexpected visit to Cairn Energy in Edinburgh yesterday. The life-sized (stuffed) polar bear blocked the front door of the building demanding the company stop spearheading the new Arctic oil rush. Meanwhile, a group of activists labeled the headquarters with stickers and handed out leaflets about reckless Arctic drilling and Cairn’s secret plans.

#oil/Action The eight activists who climbed a coal chimney in Chicago on Tuesday were released from jail yesterday evening (US time), as their bail was set. After two days of protests, the activists worked to raise awareness about the serious risk that Fisk and Crawford pose to Chicago, demanding the shut down of the plants.

#GMOpotato Activists has struck again at the GM modified potato warehouse in Sweden. Police took six activists into custody, and they were released one hour later. Despite multiple arrests and the obstacles along the way, the activists are still working really hard to stop BASF from planting the risky GM Amflora potato. Follow the unfolding story.

#Fukushima A fire broke out at another TEPCO nuclear power station, the Dai Ni plant, but was extinguished within three minutes and did not cause any radiation leakage, according to the company. The plant is 12km south of the Dai Ichi plant. (Bloomberg). The IAEA has sent a team of experts to conduct an investigation into the disaster, and will report back to the IEA ministerial conference in June. (Denki Shimbun)

#energy[r]evolution Good news on the renewable energy front: a huge photovoltaic park has opened in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. It will cover 200 hectars by the end of 2011 and produce around 100 MW, that will supply electricity to some 8,000 families. (The Guardian)


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