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Polluting waste incinerator near local community in East Liverpool.

Incineration

Society continues to generate more waste and to change this alarming trend; strong political and industrial measures are urgently needed.

Despite what industry and governments would like people to believe,incineration is not a solution to the world's waste problems, but partof the problem.

Incinerators may reduce the volume of solid waste, but they do notdispose of the toxic substances contained in the waste. They create thelargest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicalsknown to science.

Incinerators emit a wide range of pollutants in their stack gases,ashes and other residues. The filters used to clean incinerator stackgases produce solid and liquid toxic wastes, which also need to bedisposed.

The only way to improve the situation is to avoid toxic waste production by improving our products and processes.

Public opposition to incineration isgrowing worldwide. People are recognising that there is no place forthe incineration of waste in a sustainable society.

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Setting sail to protect the Antarctic

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As I write this, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is sailing South. For the next three months, the crew will be working alongside a team of campaigners, photographers, film-makers, scientists and journalists from across the globe to...

A Brief History of Environmentalism

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 January, 2018 4 comments

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2017: Looking back

Blog entry by Leola Abraham | 21 December, 2017

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Blog entry by Bunny Mcdiarmid and Jennifer Morgan | 21 December, 2017 5 comments

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Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 20 December, 2017

By now, we have all heard about and seen multiple shocking images of plastic pollution in oceans. Whether it’s the  seahorse with its tail wrapped around an earbud , or the  remote island  paradise turned into a plastic nightmare, it’s...

World scientists’ warning to humanity

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 15 December, 2017 8 comments

Environmental activists and organisations typically try and stay positive, to give people hope that we can change. Positive signs exist, going back to the historic whaling and toxic dumping bans of the 1980s. The 1987 Montreal Protocol...

The Fukushima nuclear waste crisis is a human rights violation

Blog entry by Shaun Burnie | 15 December, 2017

Nuclear waste storage area in Iitate, Fukushima prefecture in Japan (Oct 2017). Traditional early morning Japanese breakfast, briefing on objectives, equipment check and drive into the beautiful mountainous forests of this region:...

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Blog entry by Richard Casson | 11 December, 2017 1 comment

One question we often get asked at Greenpeace is: “what's the best way to protect myself from air pollution?” With news articles warning that  5.5 million people worldwide die prematurely every year  as a result of breathing...

Samsung: on the wrong side of history

Blog entry by Insung Lee | 8 December, 2017

After years of global mobilisation, movement building and courageous people-powered actions, the tide is turning away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. The critica l question is, will global powers and industry leaders...

Here’s what YOU can do to celebrate International Human Rights Day

Blog entry by Kristin Casper | 8 December, 2017

10th December is International Human Rights Day and starts the one year lead up to the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Candlelight commemoration 3...

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