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
Posted by ben — 24 April 2013 at 9:51am
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
I've been a Greenpeace campaigner since 2001 and have worked on GM, Forests, Climate, Nukes and most recently Go Beyond Oil. I read Archaeology at Bristol and have an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College.