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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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Nine things you didn't know about Bear Island

Blog entry by Sune Scheller | 23 May, 2014 4 comments

There's a fairly good chance that this is the first time you've heard of Bear Island. Don't worry. The first time I heard about the island was less than two years ago. So what’s the deal? Well, Bear Island is a truly unique place...

The food system we choose affects biodiversity: do we want monocultures?

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 23 May, 2014 1 comment

Article originally published in the Guardian. On today's United Nations biodiversity day, we are being asked to focus on small islands and their unique ecology and fragility in times of globally pervasive threats such as climate...

Are you being SLAPPed? How corporations and governments try to silence public debate

Blog entry by Karianne Bruning | 23 May, 2014

The lawyers at Greenpeace International are a creative, dedicated team who tackle a wide range of duties. Part of our work is preparing legal strategies and defence for cases against Greenpeace International. We also monitor legal...

Ocean heroes in a half shell: it's World Turtle Day!

Blog entry by Willie MacKenzie | 23 May, 2014 5 comments

Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don't loiter around so much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts , and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land to lay...

Europe's choice: fossil fueled insecurity or true independence

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 23 May, 2014 1 comment

As citizens of the European Union start to vote in European Parliament elections , political leaders across Europe are talking up their commitment to "energy independence". But in reality the EU continues to fuel its addiction to...

Poland's nuclear energy programme stumbles again: Has PGE lost control of its...

Blog entry by Jan Haverkamp | 22 May, 2014 9 comments

In late February, during one of our regular strolls through the Lubiatowo dunes where the Polish government and the utility PGE are planning to build 3,000 MW of nuclear capacity, we found something peculiar. Bright orange sticks –...

Keeping the game beautiful

Blog entry by Manfred Santen | 21 May, 2014 3 comments

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... As expectation builds towards the 2014 World Cup, the Detox campaign this week blew the whistle on a toxic scandal that goes...

The buzzing of bees must not fall silent

Blog entry by Matthias Wüthrich | 20 May, 2014 1 comment

A third of our food, including some of our most delicious produce such as apples, tomatoes and coffee, along with most of the flowering plants on earth, depend on honeybees, wild bees and other insects for pollination. The...

A Red Card for sportswear brands

Publication | 19 May, 2014 at 10:00

This study follows on from several previous investigations published by Greenpeace as part of its Detox campaign, which identified that hazardous chemicals are present in textile and leather products as a result of their use during manufacture.

Antarctica's glaciers are collapsing - Are we ready to pay attention?

Blog entry by Dave Walsh | 16 May, 2014 4 comments

The "irreversible collapse" of glaciers in Antarctica is dominating headlines around the world this week. News outlets are breathlessly reporting that the dramatic rise in sea levels that's now on the cards. So what does it mean?

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