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Shell loses suit against Greenpeace

Amsterdam District Court has rejected a bid by Royal Dutch Shell to ban Greenpeace International from holding protests on or near its property.

“Future Greenpeace actions against Shell cannot be banned in advance provided that they remain in a certain framework,” the court ruling said in response to Shell’s suit. “The judge took as starting point that organisations, such as Greenpeace, are in principle free to carry out actions to let the public know about their point of view,” it added.

The court did, however, hand Greenpeace a set of protest guidelines, including the requirement that the group will not be able to occupy gas stations for more than an hour at a time.

Shell had sought a ban on any Greenpeace protests in the Netherlands within 500 metres (yards) of its operations, including petrol stations or offices, after the group organised several protests against the oil company’s drilling in the Arctic.

Shell loses suit against Greenpeace – Business – CBC News.

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest

Greenpeace activist dressed as polar bear arrested at petrol station protest | Metro.co.uk.

Gazprom to delay drilling in the Arctic

Good news! Gazprom has announced they are going to delay the start of their oil extraction in the Prirazlomnoye field, in the Arctic Ocean. This comes just a few days after Shell announced they wouldn’t drill in Alaska this year.

Last month Greenpeace activists climbed the side of Prirazlomnaya, Gazprom’s floating oil platform in the Pechora Sea, to protest about oil drilling in the Arctic.

Both Gazprom and Shell will try to start drilling again next year, so ask your family and friends to sign the Save the Arctic petition. 

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Shell stops Arcticoil drilling 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 program for this year. photo from Los Angeles Times

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It’s a huge victory for people power.

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Shell threatens Arctic, Greenpeace protests

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This is a Dutch video about Greenpeace in the Netherlands, protesting against Shell drilling for oil in the vulnerable Arctic.

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MOVIE: a night with bears

Spotted this great film about Arjen’s memorable night with some polar bears.

Natureview photography

Back to the Arctic. As I already wrote in this post we spent a really nice night in Heleysundet, Spitsbergen. Spending a night on one of the most beautiful ships in the Arctic looking out over a mother Polar Bear with two cubs is a real privilege. The advantage of the Noorderlicht is that she has a shallow draft, so we can come quite close to the shore. Fortunately the bears picked the spot the closest to the vessel, so we all had first rang views on them. After taking pictures for a while, I started filming as well. Here the results, for me the nicest Polar Bear footage I’ve made so far. I hope you like it!

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Arctic ice melt ‘like adding 20 years of CO2 emissions’

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By Susan WattsNewsnight Science editor, BBC News

The loss of Arctic ice is massively compounding the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, ice scientist Professor Peter Wadhams has told BBC Newsnight.

White ice reflects more sunlight than open water, acting like a parasol.

Melting of white Arctic ice, currently at its lowest level in recent history, is causing more absorption.

Prof Wadhams calculates this absorption of the sun’s rays is having an effect “the equivalent of about 20 years of additional CO2 being added by man”.

NSIDC sea ice extent mapThe sea ice extent at 26 August (white) is markedly different from the 1979-2000 average (orange line)

The Cambridge University expert says that the Arctic ice cap is “heading for oblivion”.

In 1980, the Arctic ice in summer made up some 2% of the Earth’s surface. But since then the ice has roughly halved in area.

“Thirty years ago there was typically about eight million…

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