Our Arctic Sunrise is coming home

Posted by ben — 6 June 2014 at 1:09pm - Comments
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Earlier this morning we had a remarkable phone call from Murmansk.

Of Shell, spill plans and sea ice

Posted by ben — 8 August 2013 at 7:12pm - Comments
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Leading polar bear expert Dr. Ian Stirling said this bear, found in Svalbard, died of starvation due to a lack of sea ice from which to hunt. In the last 30 years, 75% of Arctic sea ice has disappeared.

It's pretty safe to say that the Arctic is under pressure like never before. Climate change is warming it faster than any other part of our planet. Sea ice is shrinking. The way of life of Indigenous Peoples is seriously threatened and animal habitats are vanishing. Oil companies eye a polar bonanza while hulking fishing fleets are edging ever northwards.

Telling the Arctic Truth

Posted by ben — 24 April 2013 at 10:51am - Comments

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” — Oscar Wilde

With so much at stake in the Arctic, and so much mind-boggling corporate ineptitude at play in places like Alaska, Greenpeace has taken matters into its own hands — or rather, put the power back in the hands of the everyday workers who are confronted nearly daily with the reality that the industry is simply not Arctic Ready.

Oh Council, where art thou?

Posted by ben — 4 February 2013 at 2:24pm - Comments
Pack ice melting in the middle of June. The beginning of the Arctic summer.
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While the thought of official councils — with their high-level policy workshops and multilateral task forces — is enough to send most sensible people into fits of abysmal loathing, there is one such council that anyone passionate about the high north should care about: the Arctic Council.

Shell's Arctic oil rig hits the rocks

Posted by ben — 2 January 2013 at 2:08pm - Comments
Shell's Arctic oil rig runs aground in Alaska
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More evidence that we cannot let Shell drill in the Arctic

In yet another example of just why drilling for oil in the Arctic is such a monumentally bad idea, Shell’s drilling rig, the Kulluk, has run aground off the island of Sitkalidak, near Kodiak in Alaska. The ancient rig was being towed back to harbour after a spectacularly unsuccessful summer drilling season when it ran into serious trouble and hit the shore.

Totally saying no to Arctic oil

Posted by ben — 26 September 2012 at 10:57am - Comments
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Stop Arctic destruction

"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 Greenpeace saying this – it’s a major oil company.

Shell is trying to stifle your freedom of expression

Posted by ben — 21 September 2012 at 12:14pm - Comments
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You have every right to peacefully protest threats to the Arctic.

Last Friday, activists from Greenpeace Netherlands showed up in Shell gas stations in their country and blocked the petrol pumps. They were protesting against Shell’s reckless Arctic drilling plans – which has since then been suspended for this year.

SUCCESS! Shell stops Arctic oil drilling for this year

Posted by ben — 17 September 2012 at 1:05pm - Comments
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Together, we can achieve so much

You did it.

For over six months, huge numbers of us have been pressuring Shell to stay out of the Arctic. Well this morning, company bosses announced they were scrapping their oil drilling programme for this year. It's a huge victory for people power.

Polar bears take action against Arctic oil drillers in Russia

Posted by ben — 5 September 2012 at 12:41pm - Comments
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Arctic defenders face court in Russia

Early this morning, 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 offices in Berlin.

The chaotic case of Shell’s non-Arctic ready Arctic fleet

Posted by ben — 20 July 2012 at 12:45pm - Comments
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The Noble Discoverer in Dutch Harbour, Alaska

Over the weekend, Shell quite literally ran into further problems with its near-farcical attempts to drill in the Arctic when its dilapidated drillship Noble Discoverer appeared to run aground after slipping its anchors in Dutch Harbour, Alaska, in what was described as a “stiff breeze.” Whilst Shell denied its vessel had grounded, eyewitnesses painted a very different story, with one local saying that “the stern certainly struck bottom and any report to the contrary is a pure fabrication bordering on outright lies.” Either way, the bizarre scene of a giant rig floating aimlessly towards the shore in such sheltered waters does not say much for the ability of Shell to operate safely in the much more extreme conditions of the icy Polar north...

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