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  • Kusile Power Plant: The Waking Giant

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - October 21, 2011 at 11:25 2 comments

    Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

    The science is clear: burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the front lines. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter – and the 12th largest in the world – South Africa has a lot to answer for in terms of its c... Read more >

  • Will Cabinet blindly follow Minister Peter’s foolish obsession with nuclear?

    Blogpost by Monica Davies and Rianne Teule - October 19, 2011 at 20:13

    Stop Nuclear Action in South Africa

    Greenpeace activists wearing t-shirts with the message 'No nuclear – phansi nuclear phansi!' protest in front of the Department of Energy in Pretoria, as a reminder to the government that it needs to adopt renewable energy instead of choosing nuclear. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

    Last week, the Mail & Guardian highlighted the potential international battle for the R1 trillion that could be invested in these new nuclear reactors.

    This prompted Greenpeace Africa, to once again speak out against the luna... Read more >

  • Greenpeace launches a new Rainbow Warrior

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - October 14, 2011 at 13:33

    At a ceremony today in Berne-Motzen, Germany, Greenpeace launched the third version of its protest vessel the Rainbow Warrior.

    Purpose built as a campaigning vessel, the Rainbow Warrior carries state-of-the-art communications equipme... Read more >

  • Following the success of Greenpeace’s youth outreach solar power training camp that took place at the end of last month, the team of volunteers and Greenpeace activists from the camp have taken their Solar Caravan, featuring ne... Read more >

  • Let's Do It in Durban!

    As the United Nations Climate summit COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, has come to a close, Greenpeace urges South Africans and the world, to 'do it in Durban', the host city of next year's climate talks. Activists display a banner in front of the cooling towers of a coal power plant. Greenpeace is calling for the South African government to be a true climate leader: not only pushing for a deal in the international negotiations in 2011, but also reducing the country's dependence on coal and choosing a sustainable pathway to a clean energy future domestically. © Juda Ngwenya / Greenpeace

    The UNFCCC talks in Panama ended on Friday 07 October 2011. The talks did not deliver any major surprises as was expected for this very-low-expectations-technical-meeting. An outcome of Panama is that we now have a draft text t... Read more >

  • “We are people already sold” say voices from Congo rainforests

    Blogpost by Susanne Breitkopf, Greenpeace USA - October 6, 2011 at 14:11 1 comment

    Approximately 40 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter. In this image a local fisherman guides his boat through the waters of Lac Tumba (Lake Tumba). The l... Read more >

  • Deforestation in Congo

    Afrormosia, a highly valued tropical hardwood, is logged by SAFBOIS concession. Afrormosia is a protected tree species whose international trade is strictly regulated (listed under CITES Appendix II). Industrial logging is done by SAFBOIS in the rainforest surrounded by small communities including Yafunga. Approximately 40 million people in the DRC depend on the rainforest for their basic needs, such as medicine, food or shelter. © Greenpeace / Jiro Ose / 2007

    With Congolose forests under constant threat from logging companies, Greenpeace Africa is launching an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees.

    With this, we want to draw awarene... Read more >

  • Solar Installation in South Africa

    Just two days before the kick-off of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, students of the Madiba-a-Toloane high school install 26 120W solar panels on the roof of the school hall. These panels will supply a public viewing area in the hall where 600 people of the rural village of Jericho can watch the World Cup games. © Greenpeace / Nicolas Fojtu

    Saying ‘we need to use renewable energy more’ is easy, but have you ever seen it in action? Watching a consumer object go from zero to fully powered simply because it’s been put in reach of the sun’s rays can fill most people w... Read more >

  • Frozen in Time: Coal Mining at the Heart of Climate Change

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson and Monica Davies - September 23, 2011 at 10:25

    Climate Action at Svea Coal Mine in Svalbard

    The ship Pascha carrying 70.000 tons of coal in the Arctic archipelago during an action where Greenpeace activists have protested against coal exports from Svalbard. Coal burning is the greatest threat to climate, accounting for over 40% of all fossil fuel CO2 emissions, making it the largest single source. © Greenpeace / Christian Åslund

    It’s almost impossible to sit in sunny Africa and imagine what’s going on up in the Arctic. And yet, in that fragile, icy environment, one might find the heart of climate change - it is there that we see the greatest effects of the change, bu... Read more >

  • Yellowfin Tuna in Dakar

    Yellowfin tuna from the Spanish purse seiner 'Iribar Zulaika' is offloaded in the industrial fishing port of Dakar. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

    The traditional Senegalese delicacy leads the way in the decline of West African fish population while local government gives fisheries no respite.

    The Senegalese Maritime Economy Ministry has failed to save its country’s dimi... Read more >

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