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The Mahan Story — It Takes a Village

Posted by Anonymous — 26 August 2014 at 5:07pm - Comments
Local people from Mahan, India, protest against a proposed coal mine.
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Local people in Mahan, central India, come together to oppose mining in their forests.

In the village it is pitch dark by 7.30 pm. At the designated spot for the meeting, there are about 15 or 20 villagers holding solar lanterns. The meeting lasts over two hours and throughout that time, people keep coming and joining the conversation. Halfway into the meeting, I turn around to steal a quick look at the crowd and I am surprised at how large the group has become! It’s about a 100 people sitting, standing, leaning against their houses and trees, listening intently and waiting for their turn to speak.

Norway's offshore drilling puts Arctic Ocean at risk

Posted by Rick Steiner — 22 August 2014 at 3:41pm - Comments
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As Norway pushes further into the Arctic with offshore oil drilling, the corresponding environmental risks have increased significantly.

On the Germany-Poland border, thousands are protesting a huge coal mine

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 21 August 2014 at 7:26pm - Comments
Lignite mining near Jaenschwalde Germany
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Lignite mining near Jaenschwalde, Germany

Today, several thousand people have joined hands across the German-Polish border, forming a human chain that passes through towns and villages that stand on the front-line of the fight against climate change.

Norway's sneaky seismic attack on the Arctic

Posted by Sune Scheller — 18 August 2014 at 3:57pm - Comments
Seismic testing at sea
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Seismic sensors are dragged behind survey ships to map the sea floor

The Esperanza has been in the Arctic near Svalbard, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, has begun seismic mapping in the far north of the Barents Sea.

In pictures: Oil Spill Patrol Team cleans up in Russia's Komi Republic

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 15 August 2014 at 2:50pm - Comments
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Site of an oil spill outside Usinsk in the Komi Republic

We all took notice when about 4.9 million barrels of oil were spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the fact that about 30 million barrels of oil are spilled on Russian land each year might be news to a lot of us.

For the oceans - every week is Shark Week!

Posted by Willie — 7 August 2014 at 2:50pm - Comments
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‘Shark’:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.  #SharkWeek ramps up the public awareness around sharks, but it’s also a chance to reconsider and revalue these iconic, and undoubtedly awesome, ocean creatures.

Let's stop feeling so guilty about global warming

Posted by Emma Thompson — 7 August 2014 at 12:08pm - Comments
Emma Thompson and Gaia Wise on sea ice in the Arctic
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We're told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that's simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don't make these things easily available.

LEGO: Help children save the Arctic

Posted by Fran G — 5 August 2014 at 10:27am - Comments

No-one loves LEGO as much as a seven year old who’s just built their first masterpiece. But everyone who has played with the toy carries the joy of their inner child on through life. That’s why LEGO is such a desirable brand for Shell to piggyback on.

'Green taxes' are voluntary!

Posted by Graham Thompson — 4 August 2014 at 4:02pm - Comments
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It's OK George, it's just the green ones.

There’s been a lot of misleading nonsense in parts of the UK press about energy bills. The Mail, in particular, have reprinted numbers which the Press Complaints Commission had already forced them to correct, then been forced to correct them again, then printed them again. Honestly. I mean, not honestly, completely dishonestly and with intent to mislead, I would imagine, but they really did that.

Return of the Arctic Sunrise

Posted by faiza_oulahsen — 1 August 2014 at 3:25pm - Comments
Faiza Oulahsen, one of the Arctic 30,  in front of the Arctic Sunrise
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Those last days on the Arctic Sunrise in September 2013, gave me one of my most precious memories. That might sound odd to you: armed men with balaclavas abseiling down from a helicopter and holding some of the crew at gunpoint; unable to communicate with the outside world, our movements limited to a few rooms of the ship; unaware of the emotional rollercoaster that was lying ahead of us.