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  • World Social Forum: Its take off time

    Blogpost by Mbong Akiy - February 6, 2011 at 13:22

    It was 2.00am on Sunday morning when I arrived Dakar. To the ordinary Dakar dweller it was an unusual hour for hustle and bustle. But hustle and bustle it was at the Leopold Sedar Senghor international airport as thousands made the trip for the 11th ...

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  • Drought in the Amazon: What it Means

    Blogpost by Dr. Janet Cotter, Greenpeace Science Unit - February 4, 2011 at 11:08

    Severe drought could turn the Amazon rainforest into a source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change, rather than a carbon sink absorbing emissions.

    This is one of the alarming findings of a new study f... Read more >

  • Japanese whaling will come to an end - the question is simply when

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato - January 31, 2011 at 10:19

    On December 22, 2010 - the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) acknowledged and publicly apologised for embezzlement within the whaling industry. An official from the powerful agency gave a bow of apology on national television and explained that five off... Read more >

  • Nuclear: a phone call away?

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - January 28, 2011 at 16:25

    The good news is that senior energy department officials have been facing pressure from MPs to cut South Africa's dependence on coal. The bad news is that a few MPs seem to think that nuclear energy can help to move beyond coal power.

    Iol reports tha... Read more >

  • From Taiwan to tinned tuna: The many steps to saving our oceans

    Blogpost by Steve Smith - January 26, 2011 at 13:14

    When you hear about Greenpeace taking action against shady fishing vessels, you may not think that fishing in Taiwan really impacts you. Well, it’s not true. Our planet is covered in ocean- 70% of the Earth is covered in water. That’s one big ocea... Read more >

  • Waking up to the hidden costs

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - January 25, 2011 at 11:37 1 comment

    Recently I've been writting a lot about externalities, and how they contribute to a corporation's profitability. What I've neglected is the flip side: that just as corporations should pay the full costs of their activities, so to should you and I.

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  • Who is the Dirtiest of Them All?

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - January 19, 2011 at 14:40

    How much money do we really need to put into our fuel tanks - and into dirty hands?

    Working for Greenpeace leaves me with a predicament each month- I know where petrol comes from, and often campaign against various companies; BP to name but one for o... Read more >

  • Extreme weather and climate change: How long must we sing this song?

    Blogpost by Dr. Paul Johnston - January 19, 2011 at 11:33

    Extreme weather events will be more frequent in a warming world.

    Anyone reading the news about recent extreme weather events will understandably be confused by the varied statements regarding the attribution of these events to climate change. ... Read more >

  • Something fishy about your tuna?

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - January 18, 2011 at 15:05

    Making tuna sustainable

    Following recent tests into the contents of tuna tins, Greenpeace UK has just launched a new tinned tuna sustainability ranking to encourage major retailers to provide tuna that is as possible.

    Pole and Line Fishermen Catch Tuna

    Fishermen use pole and line fishing method to catch skipjack tuna. Pole and line fishing is a selective and therefore more sustainable way to catch tuna as only fish of a certain size are caught, leaving juveniles to grow to spawning age and replenish the stock in the future. Small bait fish are thrown over the side of the boat to lure the tuna to the water surface. The fishermen use the acceleration of the fish as they race to get their prey, hook them and fling them onto the ship's flat deck.

    W... Read more >

  • What are the Greenpeace ships doing?

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - January 14, 2011 at 12:09

    Rainbow Warrior Arrives in Manila

    The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Manila for the last leg of its "Turn the tide" tour in Southeast Asia. Greenpeace is calling on President Benigno Simeon Aquino to commit to shift to 50% renewable energy by 2020 in the country. Greenpeace Southeast Asia is also celebrating its 10th year in the region with the arrival of the ship.

    The Rainbow Warrior

    Right now the Rainbow Warrior is on a tour to defend the Pacific Ocean. The ocean currently provides 60% of the world's tuna supplies, and supports tens of millions of people with both food and jobs. Yet d... Read more >

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