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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...

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...

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...

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? ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Arctic sea ice melting matters

Video | September 16, 2011 at 11:47

The Arctic sea ice is a key indicator of the state of our climate.

Second biggest Arctic sea ice thaw since records began

Press release | September 16, 2011 at 14:33

Auckland 16 September 2011: This summer’s Arctic sea ice melt has been confirmed overnight (NZ time) as having been the second largest in recorded history, following 2007’s record melt (1).

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.

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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 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...

“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 ...

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...

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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Lucy Lawless Occupies Arctic Drilling Ship

Press release | February 24, 2012 at 9:54

Auckland, 24 February 2012 — At 7am this morning actor Lucy Lawless joined Greenpeace New Zealand activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling...

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...

Activists vow to continue Arctic drillship occupation into third day

Press release | February 25, 2012 at 16:11

Actor Lucy Lawless and Greenpeace New Zealand activists this afternoon vowed to continue their occupation of Arctic bound Shell drillship Noble Discoverer into a third day.

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...

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...

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...

Flood of support online boosts Arctic drillship protest

Press release | February 26, 2012 at 15:10

Auckland, 26 February 2012: The occupation of Shell Arctic drillship Noble Discover has continued for a third day. Five Greenpeace activists and actor Lucy Lawless remain in place on top of the drillship, after spending a chilly second night on...

Stand up for what we all stand on!

Blog entry by Ra | February 26, 2012

Day three and (nearly four!!) of occupying Shell's drillship the ´Noble Discoverer´. (What a pathetically ironic name.) It's been a tough couple of days but I'm getting my second wind now - especially seeing how our action - seven...

Day four on the drillship

Blog entry by Viv, Lucy, Ra, Mike, Shayne and Shai | February 27, 2012

Fourth day here on the Shell drillship and a gorgeous sunrise after a night of being shelled by sound bombs over the loud speaker... beautiful Texan accents, white noise, feedback sounds at intermitent intervals... made us howl with...

Activists, actor Lucy Lawless arrested for Shell Arctic drillship occupation

Press release | February 27, 2012 at 11:37

Auckland, February 27th 2012 — The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship’s drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was...

Arrests end Shell Arctic drillship occupation

Press release | February 27, 2012 at 15:41

Auckland, February 27th 2012 — The occupation of an Arctic-bound Shell drillship by six Greenpeace activists including actor Lucy Lawless ended this morning after police climbed the ship’s drilling tower and arrested the group. The protest was...

Seven of us climbed up that drillship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came...

Blog entry by Bunny | February 27, 2012

As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our...

Top 10 reasons why Arctic oil drilling is a really stupid idea

Blog entry by Ben | February 29, 2012

Shell would have us believe that it's all very safe and there's nothing to worry about but here's our 10 reasons Arctic oil drilling is a really bad idea: It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the...

Thank you!

Blog entry by Ra, Mike, Lucy, Shayne, Viv and Shai | February 29, 2012

To all the amazing supporters from all over the globe who took the time to show your love and commitment to this cause. First and foremost, thank you so so much from all seven of us who were up on the top of the drill ship, but also...

Shell Contracted Drillship.

Image gallery | February 29, 2012

Judge rejects bulk of Shell’s proposed restraining order against Greenpeace

Press release | March 3, 2012 at 12:04

Auckland, 3 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...

From muesli bars to a global mind bomb

Blog entry by Viv Hadlow | March 6, 2012

The Greenpeace New Zealand office gave us a standing ovation when Shai, Ra, Mike, Shayne, Lucy and I finally arrived ‘home’ from New Plymouth, and for the very first time since we set out to board the Noble Discoverer five days ago I...

Shell Attempts to Silence Dissent Over Arctic Drilling

Blog entry by Chris Eaton | March 12, 2012

Do you disagree with Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Arctic? Well, Shell is trying to silence you. This week, the Shell Oil Company responded to Greenpeace New Zealand activists who boarded its drillship by filing a Temporary...

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...

We can enjoy a good life without extreme oil – we have to

Blog entry by Carmen Gravatt | March 15, 2012

Oil plays a crucial part in our everyday lives, as has been pointed out many since Lucy Lawless committed the selfless and very brave act of climbing the derrick of the Noble Discoverer, to delay its departure to the Arctic. All the...

Will brooms and shovels clean up the Arctic? We don’t think so.

Blog entry by Nick Young | March 16, 2012

New Zealand and Finland are practically on opposite sides of the planet, and quite a long way away from Alaska. Yet, they are the two starting points for Shell’s fleet of rented and commissioned ships that are preparing to get...

Arctic video competition - watch and share

Blog entry by Jaakko Laasanen | March 17, 2012

Jaakko is a Greenpeace volunteer.

23 years later and Shell has learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez disaster

Blog entry by Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA | March 25, 2012

Twenty-three years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound. The tanker spilled eleven million gallons of oil into the water, fouled 1,500 miles of Alaska’s coast and killed hundreds of...

Exposing oil exploitation in the Russian Arctic - #savethearctic

Blog entry by JulietteH | March 29, 2012

The Arctic Council is meeting in Stockholm today, and government representatives will discuss the sustainability – or not - of Arctic oil. We received this video yesterday from our colleagues in Russia who have just returned from...

With rights come responsibilities

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic | March 30, 2012

I’m in sunny Stockholm this week, spring is here for sure and woolly hats and gloves are yet again stored away for next winter.  In a grand Natural History museum not so far from where I work sit scientists, Indigenous...

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