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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...

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...

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...

Britain's chronic dependence on oil

Blog entry by John Sauven | March 8, 2011

Melting icebergs in the path of rigs in the Arctic, the latest oil frontier. © Will Rose / Greenpeace Disquiet around fuel prices always makes ministers sit up and take notice. This is the fourth time in a decade that spiraling...

Oil and ice

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | February 28, 2011

On the evening of February 17th, the Icelandic containership Godafoss ran aground in the Hvaler national park in southern Norway and started leaking heavy oil. One of the biggest challenges of the cleanup operations has been to...

Who's going to defend the Arctic?

Blog entry by jamie | January 20, 2011

The masters at Marvel comics would struggle to find bad guys worse than these. Take two of the world’s biggest environmental villains – Russian Rosneft (special powers: oil leaks. 7,526 in 2009 alone ) and British BP (special...

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...

Why Arctic sea ice melting matters

Video | September 19, 2011 at 11:22

The shrinking and receding sea ice has dire consequences. First, as the white ice that normally reflects sunlight away from Earth melts, more of the dark open water of the Arctic Ocean is is exposed, absorbing heat and causing more ice to melt.

Hurricane Sandy shows what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

Blog entry by Travis Nichols | November 7, 2012

This week, Shell finally put its 2012 Arctic drilling season out of its misery.  After a summer of snafus and false starts, the window for drilling closed on the global oil giant–until next year when it plans to try once again to...

Let’s save the drama …

Blog entry by Jay Harkness | October 5, 2012

In New Zealand’s answer to Gotham – Auckland - there is a lot of drama.  Especially on Queen St. It’s where crime, violence, the very rich, the very poor, and office workers clutching Starbucks takeaway coffee cups, all mix together to...

Totally saying no to Arctic oil

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | September 27, 2012

"Oil on Greenland would be a disaster." "Energy companies should not drill for crude in Arctic waters." "The risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area is simply too high." Sounds familiar? Today, it’s not...

Polar Bears take action against Gazprom’s Arctic plans

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | September 6, 2012

Last night as we slept, a team of intrepid polar bears from Greenpeace visited Gazprom’s flashy headquarters in Moscow. At the same time, activists from Greenpeace in Germany set up a leaking oil derrick outside the Gazprom...

Ends of the Earth

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | July 6, 2012

Corporations look to plunder Earth’s polar resources The World’s multinational corporations face an unrelenting problem. Resource extraction has met Earth’s limits. The great fortunes of history were made by plundering...

Greenpeace, Radiohead & Jude Law team on #savethearctic video

Blog entry by Nick Young | July 3, 2012

We’ve teamed up with Radiohead and actor Jude Law to make a fantastic video to Save the Arctic . Take a minute to watch it yourself and then spread the message by sharing it with your friends and family.   Oil companies are...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Greenpeace Activists board Gazprom Arctic Oil Platform

Video | August 24, 2012 at 23:31

At 4am local time in Russia, six Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, set off in three inflatable speedboats from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and scaled Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform in the Arctic...

Up Against Gazprom

Video | August 26, 2012 at 21:23

At 4am local time in Russia, six Greenpeace activists, including Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, set off in three inflatable speedboats from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and scaled Gazprom's 'Prirazlomnaya' Arctic oil platform in the Arctic...

Live: mass closure of Shell petrol stations in London and Edinburgh

Blog entry by Nic S | July 17, 2012

It's action stations at the petrol stations. Right now, teams of Greenpeace volunteers are shutting Shell forecourts across London and Edinburgh. The teams are fanning out across the two cities, going station to station shutting down...

Lessons from the Elgin gas leak: why we must stop Shell's Arctic drilling

Blog entry by Bex | April 5, 2012

Ten days after the leak began, Total is still struggling to contain the gas pouring from its North Sea Elgin platform, citing bad weather as the cause of the delays. Yet, in just 100 days’ time, Shell wants to start drilling for oil in...

Nine questions UK MPs should ask Shell about its Arctic drilling

Blog entry by Bex | March 14, 2012

Today, we’re in for a treat – another glimpse into the fantastical world of the Arctic oil spill response plan writer.  Shell and Cairn Energy – who have both tried to use brute legal force to obstruct public scrutiny of their...

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...

We're in the Arctic to end deepwater oil drilling

Blog entry by tracy | August 24, 2010

This morning we've heard from  Ben  on board our ship Esperanza that they are currently anchored about 2km from the deepwater drilling rig Stena Don in the Davis Straits between Canada and Greenland. The crew left London 12 days ago to...

Petermann glacier - the bigger picture

Blog entry by nyoung | August 11, 2010

What does the major calving event of Petermann glacier mean? We asked Professor Jason Box, a leading expert who was on board our 2009 Arctic expedition for his feedback on this issue. Here is what he has to say. (Adapted from text...

Has the Key Government lost its moral compass?

Blog entry by Nathan Argent | September 24, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting wonder whether we're watching the death spiral of a Government that’s lost its purpose and sense of duty. It seems with each day that passes, the Government’s calamitous handling of our...

Paula Bear spotted roaming around Festivals

Blog entry by Nic S | August 13, 2012

This European summer we have been busy taking the ‘Save The Arctic’ campaign around the summer festival circuit. So far we have been to Nova , Latitude and WOMAD . Next up is the Wilderness Festival. Our mission was to sign...

2010 expedition map

Page | May 22, 2010 at 2:34

Maps of the expedition.

Greenpeace ship Esperanza departing from Germany

Image | May 13, 2010 at 6:03

Our ship departs soon from Germany. The Esperanza will arrive in the Arctic waters of Svalbard later this month.

Behind the scenes: Victor

Video | September 28, 2010 at 8:24

Victor tells the story of how oil companies ended up trying to drill in the North Sea and the Arctic - and how he ended up trying to stop them. Drawings by fellow deckhand Jono Emmon.

Climbers occupy Cairn Energy oil rig in the Arctic

Image | September 1, 2010 at 7:22

Cairn Energy's Stena Don oil rig is scaled by Greenpeace activists to demand an end to offshore drilling. The four climbers used RHIBS to dodge Danish Navy Commandos before climbing up the inside of the rig and hanging from it in tents...

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