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  • 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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  • Paying homage to past, present and future Rainbow Warriors

    Blogpost by Nick Mokobane - September 14, 2011 at 10:19

    We recently celebrated the activist life of Steve Bantu Biko who, on the 12th of September 1977, died in police custody as a result of 22 hours of brutal police torture and interrogation. His life and death are some of the reasons that I live peacef... Read more >

  • Fracking: Where Are We Now?

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie and Monica Davies - September 13, 2011 at 14:41

    Fracking has been a hot topic this year – and for good reason.
    Here’s a quick update on the situation.

    How Fracking could pollute ground water sources

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    (Click here for more info on what fracking entails)

    Latest Developments

    When we last spoke about the issue of fracking, ... Read more >

  • Kenyan Energy Minister claims the accident is one of the worst accidents ever in Kenya’s energy sector.

    On Monday, a leaking gasoline pipeline in an industrial area of Kenya's capital exploded, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which at least... Read more >

  • Dramatic Arctic Art

    Blogpost by Juliette H - September 7, 2011 at 16:09 1 comment

    We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a second-low record, just behind the 2007 record. The past f...

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