Arctic

  • Kumi’s commitment

    20 June 2011

    Over the weekend Kumi Naidoo, Head of Greenpeace International, was arrested for taking direct action to stop drilling in the Arctic.

  • Come together, to save the Arctic

    23 July 2012

    1968. That was a hell of a year. The people were on the streets, revolution was in the air, we released the White Album, and perhaps the most influential photograph of all time was taken by an astronaut called William Anders.

  • Arctic melting: The science behind the ice

    13 September 2012

    Two of the scientists travelling with Greenpeace on the Arctic Sunrise are Dr Julienne Stroeve, a research scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC), and Nick Toberg, an ice scientist at Cambridge University. I asked them what research they would be able to do on the ice, and for some insight into why Arctic sea ice is so important, and what impact the melting would have on our climate.

  • Thank you times two million!

    3 October 2012

    When you're as far north as we are right now, communications come to you like telegrams; they're few and far between, and only the most important make it through.

  • Going with the floe

    8 November 2012

    The email was one of those ones that stop you in your tracks: “As a Greenpeace supporter, and newly elected member of the local Greenpeace General Assembly, would you be interested in spending a week on the Arctic Sunrise, investigating the largest summer melt of the polar icecap recorded since observations began?”  Despite the short lead time, my answer was a quick Yes!

  • Flag for the Future

    13 December 2012

    The Arctic has always been a place that inspires the imagination. A great frozen ocean at the top of the world where the northern lights illuminate the sky and huge white bears swim in the icy waters is a place like no other on Earth.

  • Top 5 movies set in the Arctic

    21 December 2012

    With a stunning landscape and incredible wildlife including polar bears, seals and Arctic foxes, it’s no wonder that Arctic movie sets trump anything filmed in sunny Hollywood.  

  • The Coolest Things About the Arctic You Never Knew About

    1 January 2013

    So we all know the Arctic is cold and white and in danger from exploitation by oil companies including Shell Oil, right? Not only is the critical ecosystem in dire need of our protection, it also has an endlessly interesting “About Me” section.  Here’s what we think are the coolest things about the Arctic we found pretty surprising.

  • Wanted: Polar explorers. No experience required.

    2 April 2013

    In just over two weeks I will be standing on the frozen Arctic ocean, preparing to ski to the North Pole. I'll be wearing four layers of fleece and a special hat that someone knitted for me. In my pockets I'll carry some almond chocolate, an iPod, and a declaration of hope for future generations.

  • Team Aurora

    3 April 2013

    This weekend, a team of 16 explorers is going to the North Pole to declare it protected on behalf of all life on Earth. Backed by millions, they will plant a flag for the future on the seabed and call for a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the pole.