Making Waves

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  • Why do whales strand on beaches?

    Blogpost by Willie MacKenzie - 27 January, 2016 at 8:40

    Shocking and sad images have been all over the media in the past few days as some massive sperm whales have washed up dead on British beaches. Normally humans and these deep water leviathans live far apart, so it’s understandable that we are surprised... Read more >

  • Hazardous chemicals found in outdoor gear

    Blogpost by Mirjam Kopp - 25 January, 2016 at 9:00 2 comments

    Remember in September when we asked major outdoor brands if they use PFCs to make their products?

    Product testing voting results - graphic

    Most brands had to admit that they do use PFCs. But they didn’t tell us which products they were in.  So we asked you which products you wanted tested...

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  • New GM food could end up on your plate untested and unlabelled

    Blogpost by Franziska Achterberg - 24 January, 2016 at 13:40

    After two decades of commercial use, Europeans still can't stomach genetically modified (GM) food. But their producers may have found a way to bypass public opposition and safety regulation. A new range of GM plants and animals could soon end up on th... Read more >

  • It’s worth more than cocaine, diamonds, gold, or heroin. So what’s stopping the Hong Kong government from stamping out all illegal wildlife products?

    Along Hollywood Road in Hong Kong’s touristy arts district sit rows of large window shop fronts fill... Read more >

  • Could 2016 be the year we break free from coal?

    Blogpost by Kelly Mitchell - 15 January, 2016 at 23:47 2 comments

    We've barely entered 2016, but China and the US the world's largest coal producers have already embarked on sweeping changes to cut out coal. Could 2016 be the year we break free from this dirty fossil fuel?

    2016 isn't going well for this dirty fossil fuel

    It's the centuries old "addiction" the w... Read more >

  • Patagonia: Extreme climbing without PFCs

    Blogpost by David Bacci - 15 January, 2016 at 14:40 1 comment

    When I proposed to Greenpeace to attempt one of the most difficult climbing routes in Patagonia – a land famed for its bad weather – using PFC-free clothing, I had my doubts.

    Would these products work just as well as clothing with Gore-Tex? Well, I h... Read more >

  • Chile has 24,133 glaciers, and we’re losing them piece by piece

    Blogpost by Estefanía Gonzalez - 13 January, 2016 at 0:37

    Scientists arrive at the Amalia glacier, in the Magallanes region of Chile, to study the impact of climate change. 19 Dec, 2015 © Cristobal Olivares

    There are 24,133 glaciers in Chile – 82% of the glaciers in South America. These vast and intricate cascades of white, blue and brown not only form one of the largest freshwater reserves in the world, they are also vital to the preservation of vulne...

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  • 7 wondrous facts about the Great Bear Rainforest

    Blogpost by Eduardo Sousa - 12 January, 2016 at 21:51

    Aerial view of the Great Bear Rainforest. 9 Sep, 2007 © Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace

    Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest: there’s no other place like it on the planet. As one of the world’s largest remaining coastal temperate rainforests, some of the richest and most wondrous ecosystems on Earth are found here. It is also home to many Fi... Read more >

  • We did it! Victory for China's giant pandas

    Blogpost by Yi Lan - 12 January, 2016 at 4:26

    2016 has kicked off with great news for pandas.

    Back in October, Greenpeace East Asia revealed that China’s iconic giant pandas were under threat from rampant illegal logging in the world’s largest panda habitat. Read more >

  • Time to tear down the walls

    Blogpost by Anne Jensen - 8 January, 2016 at 13:19 3 comments

    It’s early morning, cloudy with a light breeze and we are on standby as a rescue team for any approaching refugee boats that might get into trouble. And then … we get the call! A boat has been spotted in a position east of ours. Survival suit on, boat...

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  • New Year's plastic resolution: 5 simple ways to help the ocean.

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - 8 January, 2016 at 12:43 4 comments

    We are turning our oceans into plastic soup. It’s been estimated recently that about EIGHT MILLION TONNES of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.

    Cooks River Clean Up in Sydney 3 Oct, 2015 © Greenpeace / Jane Castle

    Plastic can be amazing. But when it’s reduced to disposable, throwaway items, there’s a big problem... Read more >

  • As California's gas leak rages on, a state of emergency is declared

    Blogpost by Jesse Coleman - 7 January, 2016 at 23:20 2 comments

    Warnings of gas pipelines pepper the Santa Susana Mountain range miles Southern California Gas Company's fenced-off Aliso Canyon facility. 14 Dec, 2015 © Scott Liebenson

    In a sunny suburb of Los Angeles, California, an invisible menace rages.

    A massive natural gas leak is venting 50 tons of natural gas per hour into the atmosphere, making it the largest gas leak ever recorded.

    First detected on 23 October, the lea... Read more >

  • A short distance outside the village of Molyvos on the Greek Island of Lesbos there is a rubbish dump of life jackets, discarded now but forever witness to the hope and suffering of those who fled war, poverty and oppression this year.

    Peace sign made from discarded refugee lifejackets, Lesvos 1 Jan, 2016 © Romain Toublant / MSF / Greenpeace

    Almost 500,0... Read more >

  • 11 moments that broke the internet in 2015

    Blogpost by Stefanus Wongsodiredjo - 29 December, 2015 at 8:15

    As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect back on some of the people powered moments that pulled our heart strings, filled us with passion or simply inspired us.

    Here are a few of them, from Greenpeace and beyond... Read more >

    1. Imagine if we all did this just a f...

  • This is what YOU made happen in 2015...

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - 29 December, 2015 at 3:22

    It may have been the warmest year on record, but one thing’s for sure: 2015 signalled hope and change for the enviro-movement.

    Here are 9 things you helped happen in 2015.

    A large scale visual message made by hundreds of people during the COP21 climate summit. A large scale message made by hundreds of people during the COP21 climate sum... Read more >

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