Eliminating toxic chemicals

Toxics E-Waste in Ghana

Toxic chemicals in our environment threaten our rivers and lakes, our air, land, and oceans, and our future. The production, trade, use, and release of many synthetic chemicals are now widely recognised as a global threat to human health and the environment.Yet, the world's chemical industries continue to produce and release thousands of chemical compounds every year, in most cases with little or no testing or understanding of their impacts on people and the environment.

Greenpeace is campaigning for the manufacturers of electronic goods to take responsibility for their products from production through to the end of their use. To prevent mountains of e-waste being dumped in developing countries, manufacturers must design clean electronics with longer lifespan, that are safe and easy to recycle and will not expose workers and the environment to hazardous chemicals.

Genetic engineering

Greenpeace activists protest against GM rice

Genetic engineering enables scientists to create plants, animals and micro-organisms by manipulating genes in a way that does not occur naturally. These genetically modified organisms (GMO) can spread through nature and interbreed with natural organisms, thereby contaminating the environment and future generations in an unforeseeable and uncontrollable way.

Greenpeace campaigns for safety measures such as the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients, and the separation of genetically engineered crops and seeds from conventional ones. We also oppose all patents on plants, animals and humans, as well as patents on their genes. Life is not an industrial commodity. When we force life forms and our world's food supply to conform to human economic models rather than their natural ones, we do so at our own peril.

The latest updates

 

Video Q 'n A: The Fukushima Nulclear Crisis

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | March 19, 2011

In the midst of all that's going on in Japan, we managed to sit one of our (extremely busy) nuclear issue experts down and ask him a few of the top questions people have been asking.  If you don't find the answer you're looking for...

Fukushima update: Not yet in the clear

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | March 18, 2011

Overall, with possible exception of spent fuel pool of reactor #3, the status of all facilities is very similar to yesterday, which is a bad thing. Major uncertainty relates to amount of radiation already being released to air and...

Greenpeace Condemns SA's Nuclear Plans

Feature story | March 18, 2011 at 11:49

Greenpeace strongly condemns cabinet's decision to include 9 600 MW of additional nuclear energy into South Africa’s new energy plan -- this while Japan continues to struggle with a nuclear crisis after the devastating earthquake and tsunami last...

Fukushima Update: radiation levels remain high

Blog entry by Jess Miller | March 17, 2011

After days of news reporting one explosion after another at the Fukushima nuclear plant, there is finally a break in reports of new explosions. Radiation levels remain high around the plant. All efforts are being focused on...

Nuclear is not the Answer: Earthlife Africa Protest outside Eskom Buildings, JHB

Blog entry by Michael Baillie | March 17, 2011

I just got back from a very exciting (and loud) protest outside the Eskom buildings in central Johannesburg. The protest, organised by Earthlife Africa , comes as the South African government is in the process of planning how the...

China Suspends Approval for Nuclear Power Plants

Feature story | March 17, 2011 at 8:56

Following an executive meeting yesterday to discuss the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor crisis, China’s State Council has announced that it will re-adjust and amend China’s mid- and long-term development plan for nuclear power.

Fukushima Nuclear: Latest wrap-up and where to get more information

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | March 16, 2011

Below is an update of the latest developments in the Japanese reactors. The crisis-situation continues, but the information coming out after this morning is limited. We've also created a Fukushima briefing page to answer some of...

Nuclear Crisis in Japan Worsens and Effects Depend on Wind

Blog entry by Andrew Davies | March 15, 2011

Record high levels of radiation have now been found near the Fukushima 1, nuclear facility following explosions at its number 1, 2, 3 and 4 units. And radiation 9 times the background levels have been found near Tokyo. A critical ...

Crisis at Fukushima I/Daiichi and Fukushima II/Daini Plants

Feature story | March 14, 2011 at 7:37

First the earthquake, then the Tsunami, and now a severe nuclear threat: Greenpeace's thoughts are with the Japanese people, hoping that a worst-case scenario will be avoided.

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