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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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A pestiferous problem

Blog entry by Dr. Dirk Zimmermann | 13 October, 2015

A new report on Europe's pesticide addiction addresses the thorny topic of ridding ourselves of pesticides for good. For most of us the use of millions of tonnes and hundreds of types of synthetic chemical pesticides is the quiet...

The insane plan to expand the world’s biggest nuclear plant

Blog entry by Daul Jang | 13 October, 2015 9 comments

Over 3 million people live within 30 km of what is set to become the largest nuclear power plant in South Korea and the world. So why is the government expanding nuclear and locking out safe, clean renewables? Two inflatables...

'Dieselgate' continues: UK transport agency paid £80m by auto industry

Blog entry by Lawrence Carter | 12 October, 2015

The UK government agency responsible for testing pollution levels in new cars has received more than £80 million from the auto industry in the last decade, prompting concerns over a potential conflict of interest. The findings, part...

The generation living under Indonesia's deadly forest fires

Blog entry by Zamzami | 7 October, 2015

The impacts of Indonesia’s forest fires are being felt most amongst Indonesia’s young, turning them into the “haze generation”. I flew from Jakarta and landed in the city of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, in...

Ecology and Money

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 6 October, 2015 2 comments

On Friday, September 17, the US Federal Reserve blinked in the face of unrelenting, global economic malaise. This private bank, which possesses the monopoly to print US money, had promised to raise interest rates a paltry 1/4-percent,...

Time to test your favourite outdoor gear!

Blog entry by Mirjam Kopp | 6 October, 2015

Most outdoor brands are still addicted to dangerous chemicals called PFCs as our quest just showed.  But how bad is this addiction? Most of the companies you asked didn't give a clear answer about which of their products contain PFCs.

Greenpeace stands with Médecins Sans Frontières

Blog entry by Mike Townsley | 5 October, 2015 1 comment

Greenpeace extends its deepest condolences to all of the families of those whose lives were lost as a result of the horrific bombings of the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  hospital in Kunduz,...

Not Just Tuna: The truth behind the world’s biggest tuna company

Blog entry by Graham Forbes | 4 October, 2015

It's time to change the tuna industry. The global tuna industry is out of control . It is emptying our oceans of fish, harming other marine life and exploiting workers in shocking ways . Workers report being beaten,...

The Amazon’s Tapajos Basin is in danger

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 30 September, 2015 2 comments

The Brazilian government is currently gearing up to build dozens of energy-producing megadams in the Amazon. São Luiz do Tapajos will be one of the largest – second only to Belo Monte. If it is built, it will devastate the rich...

You did it! Shell abandons Arctic drilling

Blog entry by April Glaser | 29 September, 2015 2 comments

This week Shell announced plans to abandon its Arctic oil drilling operations. This is huge. From activists who scaled Shell’s rig in April or who stopped one of Shell’s ships this July, to the millions of people all...

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