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Nuclear power Q&A

Publication | April 1, 2008 at 12:50

Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous and expensive. With cancer-causing emissions and radioactive waste, nuclear power is not a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Greenpeace supports a phase-out of nuclear power in Canada.

Extreme weather

Publication | April 1, 2008 at 9:39

There is strong evidence that extreme weather events – such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and heat waves – are increasing because of climate change.

Habitat loss

Publication | April 1, 2008 at 9:24

The climate is changing faster than at almost any time in our planet's history. Without a dramatic cut in greenhouse gas emissions, the die out in species could be astonishingly severe.

Genetically engineered trees

Publication | March 31, 2008 at 16:02

Genetically engineered trees could be as great a danger to our environment as clearcutting because of their long lifespans and widespread propagation. But despite warnings from scientists, Canada continues to permit field tests of transgenic...

Threats

Publication | March 31, 2008 at 15:58

Greenpeace believes food plants and animals should not be used in the production of pharmaceuticals. Pharming promises abundant, affordable medicines and has strong appeal, but there are serious risks. The term itself is a hybrid for farming...

Biosafety Protocol

Publication | March 31, 2008 at 15:55

The Cartagena Biosafety Protocol is a United Nations agreement that was introduced at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The agreement — now signed by over 100 countries, but not Canada — is designed to regulate the international trade, handling and...

Climate research

Publication | March 25, 2008 at 13:58

In the mid-18th century, scientists realized that some gases in the Earth’s atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide, trap heat and keep the Earth warm.

Ocean circulation

Publication | March 25, 2008 at 13:55

The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt slowly circulates the world’s water around the globe. Ocean water is always moving because of tides and waves. The ocean conveyor (or thermohaline circulation) is powered by differences in water temperature and...

Global melting Arctic, Antarctic

Publication | March 25, 2008 at 13:08

The Arctic and parts of Antarctica are warming at a much faster rate than the rest of the world. During the 20th century, air temperatures in some parts of the Arctic increased by about 5 C — 10 times faster than the global average.

United Nations

Publication | March 25, 2008 at 13:03

The United Nations plays a key role in coordinating the international response to climate change. But it is no simple job getting cooperation and agreement from the member states of the UN — all intent on pursuing their own self interests and...

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