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  • 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 >

  • Pressure on SA Government to Stop Nuclear

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

    One might wonder what 25 adults are doing, shoulder to shoulder, outside the front gate of a government department at 7:30 on a morning that reveals summer to still be a good few weeks away. I don’t wonder - I’ve been learning... Read more >

  • Cleared Forest In Sumatra

    Forest clearance of tiger habitat at Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) related logging area. Within the concession, 13 km away, a Sumatran tiger died early in July 2011 after it became caught in an animal trap. The Sumatran tiger’s rainforest habitat is being destroyed, forcing it into closer contact with humans and into areas where traps are laid for wild boar. More than one million hectares of rainforests are estimated to be cleared every year.

    In July, we reported the sad story of an endangered Sumatran tiger dying in a trap in an Asian Pulp & Paper (APP) plantation after being snared for six days in total without food or water.

    The shocking images brought home the... Read more >

  • As sea-ice retreats, still no oil found in the Arctic

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - September 16, 2011 at 11:21 4 comments

    08 September 2010 Banner on Iceberg off Cape Farewell

    Greenpeace activists climb an iceberg off Cape Farewell on the southern tip of Greenland after being escorted by a Danish warship out of Greenlandic waters. The banner reads "Go beyond Oil". Greenpeace is highlighting the risks of deepwater oil drilling after the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

    This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever.

    Arctic sea ice acts like the planet’s air condition... Read more >

  • 40 Years of Inspiring Action

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 15, 2011 at 14:16

    Believe it or not, Greenpeace celebrates its 40 birthday today! To mark the occasion, Kumi Naidoo, our International Executive Director, calls on us all to take inspiration from that first Greenpeace voyage, and to demand a better future for our plane...

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