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Greenpeace scientist Dr. Rianne Teule measures radioactive levels of a device from the nearby Tuwaitha nuclear facility. The device, abandoned on a roadside, contains yellow powder that is 1000 times background levels of radiation.

 

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq. Find out what we discovered on our trip in June and July 2003.

One member of the Iraq team writes, "How do you tell someone they can't stay in their own home anymore? How do you look someone in the eye when you know that what little they have, they should abandon, even though they have nowhere else to go? We had to do that today. Another day looking for nightmares, another day finding them..."

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Survivors of nuclear warfare in Japan are calling for an end to nuclear weapons

Blog entry by Tamara Stark | 5 August, 2016

This week marks 71 years since atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and devastated the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Often we do not mark a 71st anniversary - unlike a 25th or 50th anniversary, a 71st is simply one more year...

News worth celebrating! Megadam in the heart of Amazon cancelled

Blog entry by Danicley Aguiar | 5 August, 2016 2 comments

This Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: the Brazilian environmental agency – IBAMA – announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) megadam...

6 amazing plastic bans from around the world

Blog entry by Fiona Nicholls | 4 August, 2016

Good news! Plastics bans across the world have been hitting the headlines lately. From the US to India and Morocco, governing bodies are taking control of the plastic pollution problem, bringing in either complete bans on plastic,...

Why Pacific Islanders will lead the fight against climate change

Blog entry by Joeteshna Zenos | 4 August, 2016 1 comment

Most of us know the story of coal miners and their caged canaries. When my seven-year-old daughter heard it, she was sad that the canaries had to give up their lives to warn the miners to get out. She asked me if miners still use...

Five reasons why CEOs of fossil fuel giants must answer to the Filipino people

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 28 July, 2016

For the first time ever, a national human rights body has ordered the world's largest fossil fuel companies to respond to allegations that they have contributed to human rights abuses in the Philippines. Last year, disaster survivors...

#WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 28 July, 2016 3 comments

The vast, lush, green of Siberia’s forests is black and smouldering. The fires rage on, already scorching an area the size of Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands combined - seven million hectares. I can see the haze 4500km away...

The Soy Moratorium, 10 years on: How one commitment is stopping Amazon destruction

Blog entry by Paulo Adario | 27 July, 2016

A decade ago, the expansion of soybeans posed an enormous risk to the Amazon rainforest. Today, this commitment proves zero deforestation is possible. When civil society, private enterprise and governments come together to...

Vaquita success! New protections could save this endangered porpoise

Blog entry by Phil Kline | 26 July, 2016

With only 60 animals remaining, the vaquita porpoise is on the brink of extinction. That's why 150,000 Greenpeace supporters have stood up to save this shy, beautiful animal. And the Mexican government just announced new protections...

World’s only whaling factory ship returns to Japan from North Pacific

Blog entry by John Frizell | 25 July, 2016

The world’s only whaling factory ship has returned to Japan after two months of commercial whaling in the North Pacific disguised as science, capturing 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde’s whales. A Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni)...

From L'Oréal to Revlon, which brands are polluting the ocean with microbeads?

Blog entry by Taehyun Park | 21 July, 2016 3 comments

After discovering that 170 types of seafood contained traces of microplastics, Greenpeace East Asia decided to put 30 of the world’s biggest cosmetic and personal care brands to the test. Microbeads might be best known to...

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