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Is anyone out there?

Blog entry by Nick Young | February 26, 2012

Our brave little team has been occupying the Shell drillship in Taranaki for well over 48 hours now. Raoni, Shayne, Viv, Shai, Lucy and Mike are camped at the very top of the ship's 50m drill tower. All they have with them is what...

Our second night on the drillship

Blog entry by Viv | February 25, 2012

We're now reaching the end of our second day occupying the drill tower of Shell's drillship the Noble Discoverer. There's pretty spectacular 360 degree views from up here - we can see seals lolling on the beaches to the south and waves...

A #savethearctic groundswell

Blog entry by Louise Edge | February 25, 2012

Last night, as our determined activists tried to get some rest in their makeshift tent atop the Noble Discoverer’s 53 metre drill tower, the rest of the Greenpeace world, inspired by their action, kicked in with some action of their...

I had little choice

Blog entry by Lucy Lawless | February 24, 2012

What the sHell am I, Lucy, actress and mother, doing scaling a derrick on a drillship in New Zealand?? My heart was pounding as we made the ascent and my mouth was dry. I felt shell-shocked for half an hour after we reached...

Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace action against Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Nick Young | February 24, 2012

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, equipped...

Why Shell’s spill response plan is a dog's breakfast

Blog entry by Ben | February 23, 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 ...

Tweeting from the rooftops: @Shell, keep out of the Arctic

Blog entry by Bex | February 23, 2012

Tweeting from the rooftops: Shell, keep out of the Arctic Posted by bex - 21 February 2012 at 4:00pm - 31 Comments It’s official. On Friday, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last...

In 30 years we've lost 75% of the Arctic sea ice

Blog entry by James | February 14, 2012

If there's one fact to remember which underlines the urgency in protecting the Arctic it's this: in 30 years we've lost 75 per cent of the Arctic sea ice. That ice is not only a pristine environment supporting threatened species...

Conversations with Greenlanders (and non-conversations with oil companies)

Blog entry by Jon Burgwald | January 23, 2012

I’ve passed north of the polar circle on our trip visiting the west coast of Greenland. The temperature has dropped to minus 15 Celsius; snow is mounting outside my window and in the beautiful harbour city Sisimiut, the fjord is...

“For God’s sake look after our people”

Blog entry by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK | January 18, 2012

Staring out at the bright, open, broken plains of Arctic sea ice back in September , more than once I was struck by the thought of the early explorers who first trekked across similar icescapes at both of the frozen ends of the ...

Arctic lightning strikes yet again as Cairn Energy strikes, er, nothing

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | December 1, 2011

zoom     © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace 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...

One world - two realities

Blog entry by Dima Litvinov | November 28, 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 | November 24, 2011

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...

Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Jailhouse Rockstar

Blog entry by Brian Fitzgerald | November 15, 2011

He infiltrated the Greenpeace ship Esperanza masquerading as an assistant cook. Nobody knew, nor were they supposed to know, his true identity.  Spy? Provocateur? Nope. In this case, it was a rock star.  When Paul Simonon,...

A Frozen Planet under threat

Blog entry by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK | October 27, 2011

zoom   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...

No oil in the Arctic for Cairn, but hazardous chemicals aplenty


Blog entry by Bex, Greenpeace UK | October 3, 2011

zoom   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...

Frozen in time

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | September 23, 2011

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...

Skating on thin ice

Blog entry by Joss Garmen | September 16, 2011

Each morning over their coffee some of the most powerful people in the world turn to the financial pages of their newspapers to check on the health of their investments by looking at how the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100 are performing...

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

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | September 14, 2011

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...

Arctic sea ice meltdown continues

Blog entry by Juliette - Greenpeace International | September 8, 2011

We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a second-low record, just behind the 2007...

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

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | September 1, 2011

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...

The Frozen Waltz

Blog entry by Henning Reinton | August 31, 2011

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? ...

Into thin ice

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | August 26, 2011

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...

Shell: "Something has gone wrong here"

Blog entry by Nick Young | August 19, 2011

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...

The spectre of Shell

Blog entry by Cindy Baxter | August 17, 2011

'The flames of Shell are flames of Hell, We bask below their light, Nought for us to serve the blight, Of cursed neglect and cursed Shell.” - Ogoni protest song, circa 1970. As global oil reserves run low, the oil...

Published: Cairn's oil spill response plan!

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | August 16, 2011

You know that oil spill response plan that Cairn has been refusing to publish? The one that tens of thousands of you asked to see? The one we went to the Arctic and to Cairn's Edinburgh HQ to look for? The one they were so worried...

Risky business in the far north

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | August 9, 2011

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...

That Cairn social media gagging order in full

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | July 23, 2011

A lot of people on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere have been asking us a lot of questions about the interdict (injunction) - most of which we can't answer; we're gagged from saying anything that might be interpreted as asking others...

BREAKING: Cairn obtains legal interdict: ‘Twitter ban’ and 'gagging order' for Greenpeace

Blog entry by Bex - Greenpeace UK | July 21, 2011

In its latest move to cover up the truth about its Arctic drilling, Arctic oil driller Cairn Energy has obtained an extraordinary, wide-ranging legal interdict (injunction) against Greenpeace UK and Greenpeace International, gagging...

BREAKING: Polar Bears occupy Cairn's HQ, and they're at your service

Blog entry by Nick Young | July 18, 2011

A few moments ago, fifty polar bears entered and occupied Cairn Energy's headquarters in Edinburgh, England. Their purpose? To look for Cairn's elusive Arctic oil spill response plan, and to take your messages to the heart of the...

Whales and narwhals under threat from oil drilling

Blog entry by Richard Page | July 12, 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...

Join the rebellion and turn VW away from the dark side

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | June 29, 2011

It’s not every day you’re called to step up in defence of your planet – but today is one of those days. A few moments ago we launched a new global campaign to change Volkswagen by turning them away from the Dark Side, and we need...

Thank you from Kumi

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 23, 2011

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...

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

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 22, 2011

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...

Actions speak louder than words

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 21, 2011

Today eleven activists appear in a Danish court facing serious charges for a    simple act of protest   in Copenhagen a year and a half ago, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo remains in a Greenlandic jail...

A Father's day letter for Kumi in jail

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 20, 2011

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...

Kumi Naidoo boards Arctic oil rig demanding Cairn’s oil spill response plan

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | June 18, 2011

UPDATE: 11:45AM – Kumi has been arrested and is being taken to Greenland in a helicopter. As he climbed the 30 metre ladder rig operators tried to stop him making it to the platform by dousing him with a freezing jet of water...

Polar bear to starboard

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 14, 2011

We were trying to put two people ashore in Iqaluit - a small and isolated settlement on the East Coast of Canada. Why we were doing that is a story for another day but while we were there, something unforgettable happend. We  were...

Warships, polar bears, ice and oil do not mix well

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 10, 2011

I have a small boat that I use for fishing and exploring where I live in the Manukau Harbour. It’s beautiful out there and it can get a bit wild but it didn’t prepare me for the fury of the North Atlantic or the serenity of the frozen...

Oil company's lawsuit against Greenpeace backfires

Blog entry by Nick Young | June 7, 2011

Today an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill...

Activists arrested and pod captured but this is not the end

Blog entry by Ben Stewart | June 2, 2011

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...

Live Action: Climbers in survival pod stop Arctic oil rig

Blog entry by Nick Young | May 31, 2011

In the freezing seas off Greenland, activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza are taking direct action against oil drilling in the Arctic. Luke and Sigurd are now hanging from the underside of Cairn Energy’s giant oil rig in our...

Denmark willing to ban marmite but not risky deep sea Arctic oil drilling

Blog entry by Nick Young | May 26, 2011

Our little jar of marmite on board the Arctic Sunrise has polarized the crew – you either love it or you loath it. There’s no middle ground and, for some reason, it’s a popular topic of discussion over breakfast in the mess. So this...

Arctic Standoff: Two Greenpeace ships confront world’s most controversial oil rig

Blog entry by Nick Young | May 25, 2011

Nick Young is Greenpeace New Zealand’s Web Manager, but right now he’s on the Greenpeace vessel  Arctic Sunrise , in the Arctic Circle. The oil industry is pushing further and further into the world’s most remote and pristine...

Will the rush for Arctic oil push us over a stupidity tipping point?

Blog entry by Iris Cheng | May 20, 2011

The Arctic sea ice has retreated steadily for the past 10 years reaching record lows, or close to it, every year. The retreat promises to reveal all manner of riches for those willing to risk everything. Unfortunately there seems to be...

Searching for an Arctic Council that will Rescue the Arctic

Blog entry by Truls Gulowsen | May 16, 2011

The ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Nuuk has just ended to great fanfare with the foreign ministers from eight countries focusing media on the signing of the new search and rescue agreement. Greenpeace welcomes an...

Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war

Blog entry by Nick Young | May 13, 2011

Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between NATO and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands. Sound like something...

Destroying the Arctic for a three-year fix

Blog entry by James - Greenpeace UK | May 13, 2011

How much oil lies under that Arctic ice? 90 billion barrels, according to the US Geological Survey . But, how much really is that? If you ask an oil company, that’s a huge amount. With a barrel of oil over the hundred dollar mark...

Greenland approves more Arctic drilling for Cairn Energy

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | May 12, 2011

Yesterday, the UK’s wildest wildcat oil company, Cairn Energy, received the news it has been waiting for when the Greenland Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum (BMP) gave final permission for the company to start its 2011 Arctic...

Deteriorating weather conditions force activists to end Arctic oil rig protest

Blog entry by Jess Miller | April 23, 2011

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...

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