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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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Licence to Launder

Publication | 27 May, 2014 at 11:00

The oil palm plantation being developed by Herakles Farms in the southwest region of Cameroon – an area of great biodiversity surrounded by five protected areas – illustrates what happens when irresponsible companies are not held accountable to...

Herakles Farms: Champions of illegal deforestation

Blog entry by Brendan Schwartz | 27 May, 2014

The lead up to this summer's World Cup is already dominating international news with every manager's squad selection being scrutinized while analysts attempt to predict the tournament's winner. Greenpeace has been closely monitoring...

I'm in a small boat and my hands are going numb. Why am I doing this?

Blog entry by Sini Saarela | 26 May, 2014 2 comments

The salty sea water is splashing on my face and the boat is jumping up and down the waves. My hands are ice cold. We are in the middle of practice at sea, and it's hard. I'm still feeling weak after being seasick for a few days, yet...

A win-win-win strategy for ending European energy dependence

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 26 May, 2014 3 comments

Europe can liberate itself from the annexation of its energy policy by Russian gas suppliers and deliver a win on energy independence, a win on climate change, and a win on the economy. The answer to the current political turmoil of...

Power drilling: When an oil rig is a political weapon

Blog entry by Jen Maman | 26 May, 2014 1 comment

You may not have heard about the Paracels and the Spratlys. These two island chains, located in the South China Sea, have for years been at the epicentre of a heated controversy between neighbouring countries. Since early May 2014,...

Join the #DetoxWave

Blog entry by Hanno Groth | 26 May, 2014 1 comment

UPDATE June 2014 -  Great news! adidas has agreed to stop the greenwash and come clean.  Read more... Do you remember the last football match you went to? The incredible atmosphere fuelled by thousands of passionate fans, all...

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 6 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...

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