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Our weblogs from around the world. Making Waves covers general Greenpeace and environmental news, Nuclear Reaction spotlights the nuclear industry, and from Greenpeace UK, the Energydesk, reporting on Energy and Climate issues.

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Sjoerd Jongens 1950-2008

Blog entry by brianfit | 13 November, 2008 121 comments

Photo ©Greenpeace/Kate Davison Sjoerd Jongens, 57 years old, died yesterday in a bicycle accident on his way to work here at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam. He joined Greenpeace in 1987, when he took on the job of radio...

Whalers give into reality and slash this year's quota

Blog entry by Dave | 13 November, 2008

It's like waiting for a bus - you wait for ages, and three come along at once. First we had the deflagging of the Oriental Bluebird . Then we had the announced closure of the flagship whale meat shop, Yushin , in Tokyo. Now today,...

3 weeks to make EU ministers vote against GMOs

Blog entry by eoin | 12 November, 2008 1 comment

European Environment Ministers meet on December 4 to debate what safety checks are needed to assess genetically modified food before it can be cultivated or sold in the EU. Clearly stronger checks are needed, if you read (PDF in...

Japan's whaling programme in tatters: Closures, resignations and cancelled celebrations

Blog entry by Dave | 12 November, 2008 2 comments

Japan's whaling industry is descending into deep crisis; this week, Japanese media outlet Nikkei reported that the flagship 'Yushin' whale meat shop and restaurant in Asakusa will close down by 2010. The announcement came via the ...

The chain reaction continues as ship number two is immobilised

Blog entry by Jamie | 12 November, 2008

So despite several requests to leave Dumai, we haven't left (even though the harbour master visited the ship this afternoon and turned out to be a really nice guy). The reason for that is that we have a bigger and much more...

Contaminated water around Brazil's Caetité uranium mine: update

Blog entry by Justin | 12 November, 2008

Following confirmation of Greenpeace’s findings that uranium has entered the water supply surrounding Brazil’s Caetité uranium mine , the mine’s operator INB (Brazilian Nuclear Industries) are to be investigated by the country’s...

Mini nuclear reactors: don’t celebrate yet

Blog entry by Justin | 12 November, 2008 5 comments

Over the weekend, the UK’s Observer newspaper ran a story about ‘nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes’. The reactors, the story said, will be available in five years, cost $25 million each,...

Quote of the day

Blog entry by Justin | 12 November, 2008 1 comment

On the matter of the US government covering up the loss of a nuclear weapon in northern Greenland when a B-52 bomber crashed there in 1968, William H Chambers, formerly of Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory had this to say : ‘The bottom...

Nuclear News for November 12th 2008

Blog entry by Justin | 12 November, 2008

Some other stories from the nuclear industry you may have missed: A radioactive cheese grater at Genesee Township landfill points out toxic dangers from Chinese products ‘According to the state Department of...

Wanted: your opinions on our palm oil actions

Blog entry by Jamie | 12 November, 2008

The Jakarta Post , Indonesia's main English-language newspaper, is asking for readers' opinions on our recent activities in Dumai : Greenpeace has blocked several palm oil shipments, preventing them from leaving Indonesia, and has...

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