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

 

Acid Mine Drainage in Johannesburg

Image gallery | January 27, 2011

Nuclear Power – Why Not?

Blog entry by Dr. Rianne Teule | January 13, 2011

The most common question asked when I’m at a party and someone finds out I work for Greenpeace is: “What about nuclear energy?” Most people don’t want to know about blocking whaling ships in an inflatable, or whether I recently...

The Dirty Secret Behind Jeans

Feature story | December 2, 2010 at 12:22

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Greenpeace has some shocking insights into jeans production in two industry towns in the Guangdong province of China.

Greenpeace delivers Niger's radioactive waste to the EU

Feature story | October 7, 2010 at 8:34

Today, Greenpeace activists took four radioactive samples to the entrance of the European Parliament in Brussels, as a reminder that there is no solution to nuclear waste - and that the gamble with people's lives has got to stop.

Farmers can feed the world not technical fixes!

Publication | April 6, 2010 at 9:58

Editorial By Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo and Friends of the Earth International Chair Nnimmo Bassey March 2010

AREVA confirms Greenpeace’s alarming radiation findings in Niger

Blog entry by elaine.hill | January 6, 2010

It’s just over a month since Greenpeace announced it had found high radiation contamination levels in the streets of Akokan close to French nuclear company AREVA’s uranium mines in Niger . Today, we’re able...

Areva’s MOX transport: A Travelling Security Threat

Feature story | March 5, 2009 at 23:00

Greenpeace demands an immediate stop to all shipments of plutonium Mixed-Oxide (MOX) fuel, following Areva’s announcement today of the largest ever MOX shipment’s route from France to Japan.

A Greenpeace activist hangs a banner on a

Image | October 31, 2008 at 13:35

A banner reads "Toxic Waste not welcomed here" on the ship 'Yang Ming', carrying electronic waste (e-waste) from the USA, where Greenpeace activists are protesting against the import of e-waste.

Poisoning the poor – Electronic Waste in Ghana

Feature story | August 4, 2008 at 22:00

The latest place where we have discovered high tech toxic trash causing horrendous pollution is in Ghana. Our analysis of samples taken from two electronic waste (e-waste) scrap yards in Ghana has revealed severe contamination with hazardous...

Greenpeace to sue French Nuclear Industry

Feature story | July 31, 2008 at 22:00

Over the last month there have been a catalogue of accidents at the French nuclear site Tricastin-Pierrelatte. We’ve followed all the breaking stories on our new weblog ‘Nuclear Reaction’. Now Greenpeace France has launched two court cases in an...

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