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    © Greenpeace/Andrea Guermani

    "Stop flushing ancient forests down the toilet" - that's what that banner says, hanging from the rooftop of the European headquarters of the world's largest paper tissue manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark. Also - note the nifty t... Read more >

  • Edinburgh Energy - to be decentralised!

    Blogpost by Dave - 8 November, 2006 at 18:38 1 comment

    Latest news - it looks like Edinburgh is set to follow the UK town of Woking, and long with Denmark and the Netherlands in implementing decentralised energy, as well as dramatically its carbon emissions. You can read more about this on the Greenpeace ... Read more >

  • Some weird dolphins in the news - four finned and wolphins!

    Blogpost by Dave - 8 November, 2006 at 18:35

    First - the wolphin, or wholphin. Truth be told, when I saw this image on MSNBC, I thought "photoshop job" - not only is it kind of a tacky looking photograph, but the image itself look weird - possibly from being overcompressed. Still, it does seem t... Read more >

  • Even some Canadians blame Canada

    Blogpost by Andrew - 8 November, 2006 at 16:25

    Here is a great editorial by, Averill Baker, who describes herself as a "live and die" Newfoundlander. It's clear she is genuinely (and rightly) flabbergasted by her government's position on bottom trawling. It starts off: Read more >

    Not one fisherman alive, or...
  • BBC Earth Report goes rock bottom ... literally

    Blogpost by Adele - 8 November, 2006 at 15:09
    BBC's Earth Report has prepared a piece revealing that there are corals in the cold deep ocean. No surprise to us anti-bottom-trawling afficionados of course, but probably most people imagine a sandy, rocky, barren moonscape down there. Now however,... Read more >
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    © Greenpeace/Vaclav Vasku

    From the global day (or was it week?) of action on climate change - activists block the entrance of the Czech Ministry of Environment with a wooden barrier carrying the messages

    'canceled for inactivity' ,

    '(ministry) protects ... Read more >

  • October 2006: The Month in Pictures

    Blogpost by Dave - 7 November, 2006 at 15:24

    Copyright Greenpeace/Alex Hofford

    Above, 24 October 2006; Dawn breaks over the Pacific Ocean, seen from Korean longliner, Shin Yung 51. Crew from the Esperanza spent the night aboard and witnessed the longliner in action.

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  • COP12/MOP2

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - 7 November, 2006 at 13:36 1 comment

    The climate meetings currently underway in Nairobi are called COP/MOP, which might suggest to the casual reader something other than a UN acronym. Perhaps we could suggest this:


    According to the UNFCCC website:



    "In UN language, the United N... Read more >

  • Climate change is killing Ganga

    Blogpost by Dave - 7 November, 2006 at 13:01 1 comment


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    1st November 2006 on the Gaumukh Glacier, Himalayas, India - activists stand in front of the Gaumukh glacier, source of the river Ganges. Their backpacks bear a message: "Climate change is killing Ganga".

    Recent investigations of the Gango... Read more >

  • Sharks in hot water

    Blogpost by Andrew - 6 November, 2006 at 19:10 1 comment

    As many as 73 million sharks are killed for their fins each year, according to new research. But the actual figure is probably much higher because among other exceptions the study doesn't include sharks killed for meat, taken as accidental by-catch,... Read more >

  • Richard

    Blogpost by Richard - 6 November, 2006 at 15:43 6 comments
    me.jpgA web editor at Greenpeace International, originally from that place at the far end of the planet that is full of kangaroos. I write about forests and GE but occasionally i'm allowed out to play and do other 'pulp fishin'. Read more >
  • Heatwave FM video on YouTube from down in New Zealand

    Blogpost by nick - 4 November, 2006 at 23:24
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  • The "I Count" in Trafalgar Square, London

    Blogpost by Dave - 4 November, 2006 at 23:00 1 comment


    © Greenpeace/Dave Walsh

    Here in London, we're all recovering from a hectic day at the Count in the Square - 25,000 people packed into London's Trafalgar Square. We were gathered to make a call for action on climate change - everyone from the Women's Institute to the rock band Razorlight. Quite a mixture.

    On the bus into central London, I spotted people making their way towards Trafalgar Square. Near Islington, a mother and two daughters boarded, carrying a fantastic handmade placard - on one side was a sad face and the words "do nothing". When they flipped it around, it the other side showed a smiley face, and the words "do something!".

    Trafalgar Square was beginning to get crowded when I arrived. I first tracked down one of my webbie colleagues, Jamie, waiting by Canada House for entrants to our Glastonbury competition. Across the street, the lobby of the Trafalgar Hotel had become media HQ. Cathy from Greenpeace UK as huddled around a laptop with other members of the Stop Climate Chaos competition, turning out press releases and the like. I bumped Nick, of the our photographers, and we both dumped some our equipment, and headed back into the Square to mingle with the crowd.

    I tracked down the Greenpeace gang up near the steps of the National Gallery, along with two... polar bears. The bears were crouched on the ground, being interrogated by a bunch of little kids. "So, do you eat bread then?", asked one little one.

    On stage, comedian Rufus Hound has the task of (global) warming up the crowd which was swelling ever bigger as various groups arrived - there was one bunch of 2,000 cyclists still to arrive, plus a parade of people from Plane Stupid. It was getting difficult to move out there. There was even people arriving by canoe and in biofuel green taxis. Surfers Against Sewage arrived wearing wetsuits and carrying surf boards. I kid you not.

    I completed a round of the square, bumping into lots of people - Jim, Willy, Belinda - all from Greenpeace UK, and all working as stewards for the day. Then I stole into the backstage area as the various speakers and musicians appeared. These included actress Miranda Richardson, Bishop of Liverpool Right Reverend James Jones, Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos, TV presenter Simon Amstell, writer, comic and activist Rob Newman and President of Islamic Relief Dr Hana El Banna. Broadcaster Adam Hart Davis and Practical Action Project Officer Sharon Looremeta led a rousing talk on the effects of climate change on the Maasai people of Kenya. We create climate change in the 1st world - then export it in the form of droughts and floods elsewhere.

    For me, Rob Newman was the highlight - very... VERY angry man. He talked about how UK fools itself into thinking that has a 'small' country of Britain while being a major player in the world stage. He went on to talk about companies like Shell - all the controversies that come with the company's behaviour in Africa, and called for a boycot of The Royal Bank of Scotland, who own Nat West, because of their investment in climate damaging projects.

    And there was music, of course - including singer KT Tunstall and Razorlight - who drew a large, screaming female contingent to the front of the crowd. I missed them - I was six floors up, on the roof of the Trafalgar Hotel, taking photographs of the huge crowd.

    The theme of the day - and the word from most speakers was pretty consistent - we're as mad has hell, and we're not going to take it anymore. Everyone in Trafalgar Square is intent on doing their bit to curb climate change - so why can't Tony Blair, the UK government and other governments worldwide to their bit? In order to negotiate an international deal which would keep global warming to lower than two degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, the UK government needs to lead by example - by introducing a Climate Change Bill in this month's Queen's Speech. It's not good enough to make gestures though - this Bill should deliver annual cuts in the UK's carbon dioxide emissions. The government also needs to assist developing countries in both adapting to climate change and accessing clean energy to meet their development needs.

    Stop Climate Chaos members are: A Rocha, ActionAid, ACTSA, Airport Watch, BMS world Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Carplus, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Greenpeace, Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Medact, Operation Noah, Oxfam, People & Planet, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, RSPB, Save our World, Speak, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Tearfund, UNISON, The Wildlife Trusts, Take Global Warming Seriously, Transport 2000, National Federation of Women's Institutes, UNA, UNISON, Women's Environment Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement and WWF.

    I Count website »

    Moblog video: Singer KT Tunstall talks to Greenpeace webbie Tracy about being at iCount.

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    Greenpeace Polar Bears

    Polar Bears by the Greenpeace banner

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    I Count Trafalgar Square

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    Ashok Sinha, Director of Stop Climate Chaos

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  • All over for the fish by 2048

    Blogpost by Andrew - 4 November, 2006 at 15:42 1 comment

    Boris Worm as a tubewormA new study published in the journal Science, finds that unless we reverse a long-term trend, our planets oceans will be largely fished out in my lifetime. Preserving marine biodiversity is the key, and the study calls for improved fisheries manageme... Read more >

  • Heatwave FM - Climate Rescue Radio

    Blogpost by nick - 3 November, 2006 at 21:33

    150x150heatwave.jpg The revolution will not be televised ... but you may well hear it on the radio!

    As the Global Day of Action on Climate Change unfolds we'll be bringing you live updates on streaming live 24/7 from down in New Zealand where the sun shine... Read more >

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