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Polar Bears on Thin Ice

Feature story | January 12, 2007 at 0:00

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...

Sands of time push for leadership on climate crisis

Feature story | February 22, 2009 at 0:00

In advance of Hillary Clinton's arrival in Beijing, we delivered an open letter, together with a giant hourglass, calling for immediate cooperation and leadership between the US and China to stop global warming. The hourglass, inscribed with...

Arctic Impacts Expedition: Amongst Icebergs

Blog entry by nick | June 28, 2009

Dave Walsh writes from on board the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise : Greetings from Baffin Bay! As I write this from the campaign office on board our ship, the Arctic Sunrise , blue and white icebergs appear through the sea mist.

Arctic Sunrise on Top of the World

Blog entry by nick | July 1, 2009

Another update from Dave on the Arctic Sunrise in the Arctic ... The crew of the Arctic Sunrise is on top of the world today, for many mindblowing reasons. As I write this, the ship is nudged up against the sea ice of the Arctic...

Arctic Meltdown

Feature story | September 7, 2009 at 0:00

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...

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...

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...

Greenpeace activists occupy Arctic oil rig

Feature story | September 1, 2010 at 7:10

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...

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Greenpeace Activists End Arctic Oil Rig Occupation

Feature story | September 3, 2010 at 1:25

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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