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  • Interview with a polar bear expert

    Blogpost by Larissa Beumer - 27 February, 2016 at 0:45

    This year, celebrate International Polar Bear Day by learning more about these amazing animals from a scientist who has studied them for decades.

     Scientist Thor Larsen with a polar bear cub. A happy moment for the polar bear researcher. ©Thor S. Larsen

    Thor S. Larsen is a pioneer in polar bear research. He began his academic career in 1965 at the Norwe... Read more >

  • Adorable Japanese couple devastated by Fukushima turn lives around with solar

    Blogpost by Ai Kashiwagi - 26 February, 2016 at 10:24

    Mr and Mrs Okawara hold up a banner for “Solarise Fukushima

    For the past 30 years, Shin and Tatsuko Okawara spent their lives working as organic farmers. With their own organic farm, rural work was in their blood - tilling, planting and harvesting crops from the same soil their family worked on for six gener...

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  • We climbed one of China’s most beautiful mountains and did it in PFC-free clothing

    Blogpost by Icey Tsui, A.M. and Deng Lin - 26 February, 2016 at 6:29 1 comment

    The majestic Four Sisters Mountains, in Sichuan Province, Mainland China.The majestic Four Sisters Mountains, in Sichuan Province, Mainland China.

    On January 19, a rare meteorological event allowed a record cold current from the Arctic to slide south into Mainland China. As the frigid polar air kept many residents indoors... Read more >

  • Iceland's fin whale hunt cancelled for 2016

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - 25 February, 2016 at 18:38 1 comment

    No endangered fin whales will be hunted in Iceland this year.

    Greenpeace activists protest against the transport of fin whale meat transiting through the port of Hamburg. The 336 meter long cargo ship freighter "Cosco Pride" (Seaspan Corp.) is carrying the whale meat from Iceland to Japan.  5 Jul, 2013 © Joerg Modrow / Greenpeace

    This is great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland, and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this ... Read more >

  • Hope floats at heavenly lake

    Blogpost by Elena Sakirko and Konstantin Fomin - 23 February, 2016 at 17:15

    This month the fate of a Russian jewel will be decided in a small town in Western Siberia. The town is Beloyarsky and the jewel is the Numto nature preserve. The oil company Surgutneftegas already extracts oil from the park but now they want access to...

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  • Ancient trees are burning in Tasmania...and some will never grow back

    Blogpost by Jessica Panegyres - 23 February, 2016 at 3:46 3 comments

    For the past month fires have ravaged through parts of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forests, destroying 1,000 year old trees. Is this the new normal?

    Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of the World Heritage Area containing trees that are over 1,000 years old.Over 100,000 hectares have been damaged by bushfires, including parts of the World Heritage Area...

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  • TTIP is not about trade, it's about us

    Blogpost by Susan Cohen Jehoram - 22 February, 2016 at 10:10

    European and American trade negotiators have a tough week ahead of them. They are meeting behind closed doors to negotiate a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    We want to put an end to these negotiations that will transfer hug... Read more >

  • Colombia bans coal mining in the páramos!

    Blogpost by Silvia Gomez - 12 February, 2016 at 21:50 4 comments

    Historic Victory for the Páramos in Colombia. 29 Sep, 2013  © Jhon Heaver Paz / Greenpeace

    The páramos of Colombia – a region of the Andes too high for trees to grow and too low to be covered in snow – holds an ecosystem unlike any other on earth. One that millions of people rely on.

    Home to thousands of unique species, including daisies...

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  • Climbing Fitz Roy in Patagonia without PFCs

    Blogpost by David Bacci - 12 February, 2016 at 12:15

    After successfully climbing Cerro Torre, my next goal was to climb the route opened by the legendary Italian climbers Casimiro Ferrari and Vittorio Meles in 1976, called Pilar Este on the Eastern Face of Fitz Roy in Patagonia, on the border of Argenti... Read more >

  • Detoxing at the root of fashion

    Blogpost by Chiara Campione - 11 February, 2016 at 11:09

    Change is most difficult but also most effective when it happens at the root of a problem. This is why we are now working with Italy’s Prato region to Detox the companies that supply renowned fashion brands, including Gucci, Prada and Armani.

     Cerboni Gianluca (Manager) Carlesi Laura (Commercial Director) (Filati Biagioli Modesto Spa). 8 Feb, 2016. © Andrea Guermani / Greenpeace

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  • One week, 150 actions, 21 countries. Outdoor lovers around the globe have taken to the streets, shops, fields, mountains and woods everywhere to ask The North Face and Mammut to stay true to their values of love and respect for nature and stop using h...

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  • Cancún’s mangroves destroyed, but hope grows again

    Blogpost by Miguel Rivas - 5 February, 2016 at 22:03 6 comments

    Just a month ago, if you passed by Tajamar in Cancún, Mexico you would have seen 57 hectares of thriving mangrove forest lining the coast. Today, only stumps remain.

    The Tajamar mangroves were destroyed on 16 January 2016. Photo courtesy of Salvemos Manglar TajamarImage courtesy of Salvemos Manglar Tajamar.

    For years, hundreds of citizens – inclu...

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  • Roşia Montană, Romania. August 2007

    For the past 15 years, Canadian mining firm Gabriel Resources has been trying to obtain a permit to extract 300 tonnes of gold from underneath Roșia Montană, a picturesque village in western Romania, with a population of almost 4,000 people. But tod... Read more >

  • Big news for bees

    Blogpost by Luís Ferreirim - 5 February, 2016 at 17:56

    As ecological farming and the market for organic food continues to grow across the globe, I’m heartened to see that the same is true in Spain, my home country, where we are going through one of the worst economic crises in recent history.

    In challeng...

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  • Evaluating the Paris Deal

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - 5 February, 2016 at 7:45 5 comments

    Hope and failure coexist in the Paris climate agreement. One may want to curse or cheer the deal, but it is history now, and we have to get on with it. The agreement provides an opportunity to assess our ecological progress and prepare to be effective... Read more >

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