The Arctic is ground zero for climate change. We and allies block offshore oil drilling. We route ships away from coastal communities and wildlife to avoid collisions and catastrophic oil spills. And we help propel the shipping industry into a clean energy future.


Ask President Obama to Protect the Arctic from Trump’s Fossil Fuel Schemes

November 23, 2016
President Obama took bold action by protecting the Arctic Ocean and Atlantic coast from oil and gas drilling. His administration removed these fragile coastal waters from the list of...
Eduard Zdor, Chukchi man who has been fighting for decades to preserve his people’s livelihoods. (Photo: Pacific Environment)

We Stand with Chukchis, Muslims, Appalachian Families – and All Who Fight for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities

November 22, 2016
Recently in London—10 days before the U.S. election—I had the privilege of hearing my friend Eduard Zdor speak. Eduard is a Chukchi leader from the Russian Arctic who founded...
International Marine Organization Secretary-General Kitack Lim received an Arctic delegation October 25 at the IMO headquarters in London. In the first meeting of its kind, a wide-range of issues surrounding climate change and the subsequent increase in number of ships operating in Arctic waters were discussed. (Photo: IMO)

Get Heavy Fuel Oil Out of the Arctic, Say Environmental, Indigenous Reps

October 25, 2016
Keep the Arctic cold and clean by cutting out heavy shipping fuels: that’s the message from a coalition of environmental advocacy groups and Indigenous speakers who want the International...
Indigenous peoples across the Arctic practice traditional ways of life closely connected to the waters on which they rely for food. (Photo: Flickr, CC)

Arctic Has to Be Heard: Inuit to Make First Address to World Shipping Group

October 23, 2016
A delegation of Arctic aboriginals that includes Canadian Inuit will use its first appearance before the group that regulates global shipping to argue that it shouldn’t be its last....
Rafe Pomerance is the chair of Arctic 21, a network of NGO scientists and advocates on Arctic climate issues. (Photo: Arctic/Circle)

Why the Arctic is Central to the Earth’s Climate System

October 20, 2016
In September 2016, President Obama ratified the climate change deal signed by nearly 200 nations in Paris in December 2015. The agreement promises to keep the global rise in...
Seal resting on top of melting sea ice. A spill of heavy fuel oil could wreak havoc on this fragile ecosystem. (Photo: Franco Banfil)

Why We Need to Get the World’s Dirtiest Fuel Out of Arctic Waters

October 20, 2016
The Arctic's maritime history is littered with tales of ships crushed or trapped by ice, or of vessels disappeared without a trace.