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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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Five ways seismic blasting threatens whales

Blog entry by Farrah Khan | 4 September, 2015

We don't have to look very far back in history to find proof of why offshore oil drilling is a dangerous endeavour. The BP oil blowout and the Exxon-Valdez spill both left surrounding regions devastated, and neither company was able to...

A solar power revolution is beginning

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 4 September, 2015 1 comment

The 2000 people who live in the village of Dharnai, in Bihar – one of India's poorest states – had got used to living without electricity. But they didn't like it. High tension electric wires passed nearby, without powering even a...

The potential of wind power

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 3 September, 2015 1 comment

Imagine an advanced, industrialised country with a sophisticated economy and high energy needs being powered just by renewable energy. To be precise, wind power. This isn't some futuristic vision. It's already happened. For a short...

Baltic low impact fishermen: Strength in unity

Blog entry by Magdalena Figura | 2 September, 2015

The Baltic is a small and crowded sea. Far from Europe’s busiest fishing grounds, not as salty, and surrounded by different countries that all want to take advantage of its vital sources of income for the great amount of fishermen and...

Nuclear is not the answer to the phase-out of fossil fuels

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 2 September, 2015 3 comments

A hundred and sixty thousand people made homeless, with limited compensation and the prospect for many tens of thousands of never returning to their former homes. That's not the cost of a war, but of the Fukushima nuclear accident...

Imagine a pristine environment covered with a thick, black sticky substance – crude oil

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 1 September, 2015

In fact you don't have to imagine it because it's happened so many times – Prince William Sound, the Niger Delta, the Gulf of Mexico to name a few. Imagine then what it'll be like if the next big oil spill happens in the Arctic,...

President Obama is visiting Alaska to talk climate: Here's what you need to know

Blog entry by Ryan Schleeter | 31 August, 2015 7 comments

President Obama is visiting Alaska today to put a spotlight on the realities of climate change and to forge his climate legacy. But less than two weeks ago, he granted Shell final approval to drill for oil in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. ...

After a reign of hundreds of years, it's time King Coal was de-throned

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 31 August, 2015

It's true coal launched the industrial revolution, with all the benefits that it brought to humankind. But the cost has been huge – both in terms of human health and greenhouse gas emissions. Add to that mining accidents, local people...

How we responded to the crisis that was Tianjin

Blog entry by Eric Lau | 31 August, 2015

On Wednesday 12 August, Tianjin’s Binhai port area was rocked by two enormous chemical explosions. Greenpeace East Asia's Beijing team immediately went to the scene to test, check and measure. Here’s what they found. It was...

It's not a whale. It's not a shark. It's a whale shark!

Blog entry by Sumardi Ariansyah | 30 August, 2015

…or maybe it's a Whark? Whatever you want to call it, today is International Whale Shark Day! But before you start running away screaming "Jawwwwws!" don't be alarmed. With a face like a whale and a body like a shark, these seemingly...

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