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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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Palm oil: Cooking the Climate

Blog entry by Andrew | 8 November, 2007

[ A forest is seen through smoke, days after being burnt down along the Kapuas River in Indonesia. (Photographer: Natalie Behring.) ] According to recent estimates Indonesia is the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after China...

Return to Energyville

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 8 November, 2007 2 comments

The more I look at Chevron's Energyville game the more I think it's a fantastic example of oil industry greenwashing. Here are some of the things that really stand out for me. Business as usual In the game no matter how much...

Greening Energyville

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 7 November, 2007 1 comment

I've just settled down to play Chevron's new climate simulation game 'EnergyVille'. It's a bit like Sim City, you get given a city of 3.9 million virtual people, and you have to power it. Join me, as I discover just how far an oil...

State of Independence

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 6 November, 2007 2 comments

Greenpeace doesn't take any government or corporate money. Period. It's something we don't always explain clearly enough, and some of our supporters quite reasonably ask us why we don't just take the money - after all, once it's in our...

Oxfam warns about biofuels

Blog entry by Andrew | 5 November, 2007 5 comments

From the Oxfam website : Biofuels may offer the potential to reduce poverty by increasing jobs and markets for small farmers, and by providing cheap renewable energy for local use, but the huge plantations emerging to supply the EU...

California commissions 300 MW solar plant

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 5 November, 2007 1 comment

Tech journal the Register reports that California has commissioned a 300 MW solar plant. Solar power is one of the most obvious solutions to growing...

Ken Livingstone on Climate Change

Blog entry by Martin Lloyd | 5 November, 2007

Speaking at the Guardian's summit on Climate Change Ken Livingstone describes what some of the world's biggest cities are doing to combat climate change. It's heartening to see how the leaders of individual cities are going out to...

BBC poll - people willing to make personal sacrifices to stop climate change

Blog entry by Andrew | 5 November, 2007 5 comments

From the BBC today: Most people say they are ready to make personal sacrifices to address climate change, according to a BBC poll of 22,000 people in 21 countries. Four out of five people say they are prepared to change their...

Swedish petrol giant ditches deforestation bio-diesel

Blog entry by tom | 31 October, 2007 3 comments

Swedish petrol giant OKQ8 has ditched plans to use palm oil in their new biodiesel Eco20. We are opposed to palm oil production, which destroys native rainforest, often by burning, to make way for massive palm plantations. OKQ8 was...

Indonesia - save the peat bogs!

Blog entry by Andrew | 30 October, 2007 2 comments

In Indonesia, peat swamp forests are being destoryed to make way for palm oil plantations. First the trees are cleared or burned, then the swamp is drained and the peat decomposes. Huge amounts of global warming gas are emitted in...

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