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  • President Obama is visiting Alaska to talk climate: Here's what you need to know

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - 31 August, 2015 at 16:18

    An aerial view of the coast of Sitkalidak Island where the Shell Drill Barge Kulluk ran aground. 8 Jan, 2013 © Greenpeace / Tim Aubry

    President Obama is visiting Alaska today to put a spotlight on the realities of climate change and to forge his climate legacy. But less than two weeks ago, he granted Shell final approval to drill for oil in Alaska's Chukchi Sea.

    We're as confused... Read more >

  • After a reign of hundreds of years, it's time King Coal was de-throned

    Blogpost by Joanna Mills - 31 August, 2015 at 11:00

    Power Week - Coal

    It's true coal launched the industrial revolution, with all the benefits that it brought to humankind. But the cost has been huge – both in terms of human health and greenhouse gas emissions. Add to that mining accidents, local people forced out of ... Read more >

  • How we responded to the crisis that was Tianjin

    Blogpost by Eric Lau - 31 August, 2015 at 8:07

    On Wednesday 12 August, Tianjin’s Binhai port area was rocked by two enormous chemical explosions. Greenpeace East Asia's Beijing team immediately went to the scene to test, check and measure. Here’s what they found.

    Tianjin Chemical Explosion in China

    It was like a scene from Armage... Read more >

  • It's not a whale. It's not a shark. It's a whale shark!

    Blogpost by Sumardi Ariansyah - 30 August, 2015 at 3:00

    …or maybe it's a Whark? Whatever you want to call it, today is International Whale Shark Day! But before you start running away screaming "Jawwwwws!" don't be alarmed. With a face like a whale and a body like a shark, these seemingly frightening cre... Read more >

  • Still searching for justice a decade after Hurricane Katrina

    Blogpost by Hannah Strange - 28 August, 2015 at 22:56

    Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 19 Sep, 2005 © Greenpeace / Christian Åslund

    Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest natural disasters ever to strike the United States. Like Typhoon Haiyan and other destructive storms in recent memory, Katrina disproportionately impacted more vulnerable communities — both as the storm hit... Read more >

  • eZombie Invasion: The scary reality of Mexico’s e-waste problem

    Blogpost by Robin Perkins - 28 August, 2015 at 20:15

    eZombies are on the rise in Mexico.

    Mexico is suffering from a silent invasion: the invasion of the eZombies. From beyond the grave, millions of toxic electronics are threatening the health of Mexico's rivers, food and its people. The United Nations University estimates that, in 2014,... Read more >

  • Confessions of a frustrated "soil-hugger"

    Blogpost by Professor David Powlson - 28 August, 2015 at 2:30

    Ecological Soil Fertilization in France. 3 Aug, 2013 © Emile Loreaux / Greenpeace

    As a soil scientist you would expect me to be enthusiastic about the benefits that soil gives to humanity and very happy that the United Nations designated 2015 as International Year of Soils. During this year there have been numerous activities thr... Read more >

  • A mothership your mother wouldn’t like

    Blogpost by Oliver Knowles - 27 August, 2015 at 6:29 2 comments

    Illegal Purse Seine Fishing Vessel. 24 Nov, 2011 © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace

    Motherships… transshipping… they sound like things you'd find in outer space while you're star trekking across the universe. But the Rainbow Warrior is finding them way out in the high seas, in areas of the Pacific Ocean that are more than 200 nauti... Read more >

  • Fishermen confirm shark finning on tuna longliners

    Blogpost by Dan Salmon - 21 August, 2015 at 13:00

    Shark Fins onboard Taiwanese Vessel Nian Sheug. 21 Apr, 2008 © Greenpeace / Paul Hilton

    The cruel yet lucrative shark fin trade is back in the headlines and it's clearly something people care deeply about, public pressure and a petition signed by nearly 180,000 people, prompted shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) to ban shipment... Read more >

  • How fixing palm oil could save orangutans from extinction

    Blogpost by Achmad Saleh Suhada - 21 August, 2015 at 8:07

    Baby Orangutans play at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS). 7 Oct, 2007 © Greenpeace / Natalie Behring

    The United Nations recently, and boldly, declared that orangutans could face extinction in Borneo. Why? Because deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable'.

    In Indonesia, we’ve shown that the palm oil sector was the single largest driver of deforestati... Read more >

  • The old man and the sea of oil

    Blogpost by Maria Favorsky - 18 August, 2015 at 15:45 1 comment

    Lake Imlor is nestled deep within the Russian taiga in western Siberia. More than half of Russia's oil production comes from the surrounding region. For the Indigenous Khanty people who live here, the lake is sacred. They have worshiped on its shores ... Read more >

  • Thousands of cars at an imported car warehouse only 400 metres from the blast site were completely destroyed

    About a week ago, on a late Wednesday night, a sight of almost Armageddon proportions confronted the residents of Tianjin. Whether they witnessed the red and orange blaze shooting up to the sky from their apartment windows; or whether they slept thr... Read more >

  • Indian Independence Day: Dissent is vital in a democracy

    Blogpost by Vinuta Gopal - 14 August, 2015 at 13:52

    "You can't muzzle dissent in a democracy"

    As India’s 69th Independence Day approaches, a new fight for freedom is afoot. This time, the struggle is one to define and defend what a real democracy should be.

    This time, the power we need to challenge is one of our own making, an all-powerful ... Read more >

  • Esperanza investigates agrotoxics in the Gulf of California

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - 13 August, 2015 at 23:15 1 comment

    The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is currently on the second leg of its tour in the Gulf of California, investigating toxic chemicals associated with agriculture. Last week, activists sent a message to food companies Bimbo, La Costeña, and Herdez, among o...

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  • The ninth extinction

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - 13 August, 2015 at 17:30

    Earth's living community is now suffering the most severe biodiversity crisis in 65 million years, since a meteorite struck near modern Chicxulub, Mexico, injecting dust and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, and devastating 76% of all living species,... Read more >

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