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Greenpeace reaction to the State Council investigation report on the Tianjin Blasts

Press release | 2016-02-06 at 15:10

Beijing, February 6, 2016 - Following the release of the official Tianjin blast investigation report, Greenpeace urges the government to systematically review and reform the chemicals management system in China.

After Tianjin, families struggle to piece their lives back together

Blog entry by Qian Cheng | 2015-12-24

Just before midnight on August 12 2015, two blasts ripped through the Binhai New Area port of Tianjin. The blasts were so powerful that they could be seen from space and terrifying footage of the explosions was circulated...

Greenpeace urges Hong Kong to join ‘Buy Nothing Day’ and stop over-consumption

Press release | 2015-12-17 at 16:50

Hong Kong, 27 November 2015 ¬– Greenpeace marked today’s international Buy Nothing Day by highlighting Hong Kong’s wastefulness: last year the region discarded 110,000 tonnes of textiles, equivalent to about 1,400 T-Shirts every minute – an...

Greenpeace discovers hazardous chemicals in remote mountain areas on three continents

Press release | 2015-09-08 at 16:33

Zurich, 8 August 2015 – Persistent and Hazardous chemicals used in the production of outdoor gear have left their mark in even the most remote and seemingly untouched places on Earth, a Greenpeace Germany report released today has found.

Tianjin blast update: hazardous chemicals in coastal cities and results of second...

Press release | 2015-08-21 at 15:22

Beijing, 21 August 2015-this media update contains two important findings: 1. Research results on the locations of hazardous chemicals warehouses in four other major ports; Shanghai, Ningbo, Guangzhou and Qingdao. 2. Results from...

Tianjin blast update: Greenpeace East Asia investigates factories in Tianjin port

Press release | 2015-08-18 at 22:24

Beijing, August 18 2015- Based on media reports and Tianjin port authority records, Greenpeace East Asia has discovered that other than the Ruihai Logistics Company, two other hazardous chemical facilities, containing up to seven types of...

Think Tianjin’s bad? There’s been more than one chemical explosion in China this year

Blog entry by Yixiu Wu | 2015-08-18

About a week ago, on a late Wednesday night, a sight of almost Armageddon proportions confronted the residents of Tianjin. Whether they witnessed the red and orange blaze shooting up to the sky from their apartment windows; or whether...

Tianjin Blast Update: Comments on current hazardous chemicals policies and their...

Press release | 2015-08-17 at 20:39

“The horrific Tianjin explosion on Wednesday night and the worrying scenes we have witnessed over the last five days are just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath the surface is years of negligence in regards to hazardous chemicals policies...

Tianjin blast update: Greenpeace’s independent testing for sodium cyanide in Tianjin

Press release | 2015-08-17 at 20:30

Beijing, August 16 2015-Greenpeace’s rapid response field team arrived in Tianjin’s Binhai district to conduct tests for the presence of the extremely hazardous chemical, sodium cyanide or cyanide, in bodies of water around the blast site.

Tianjin blast update: authorities evacuate area surrounding blast site

Press release | 2015-08-17 at 20:15

Beijing, 15 August 2015 - This morning authorities confirmed the presence of sodium cyanide and a number of other chemicals within 1km of the blast site and have established a 3km evacuation zone. However, the precise make-up of the cocktail of...

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