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  • Following big oil into the darkness

    Blogpost by Stefan Kerschbaumer - 7 March, 2016 at 17:23 3 comments

    Saturday 3/6/2016, 7:30 a.m. My alarm clock rings, it’s time to get up. The narrow corridors inside the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are unusually empty. Almost the entire ship crew is up on deck working double time to get the ship ready to set sail...

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  • The murder of Berta Cáceres – a sad day for the environment

    Blogpost by Miguel Soto - 4 March, 2016 at 23:46 2 comments

    Last week, defender of the environment and human rights, Berta Cáceres publicly denounced the murder of several indigenous leaders and the threats she herself was subjected to daily in Honduras. Today, we woke up to the shocking news of her murder in ... Read more >

  • How does social change happen?

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - 4 March, 2016 at 15:25 12 comments

    "We live mythically and integrally"
    — Marshall McLuhan

    Changing the world remains a complex challenge, with no infallible formula for success. Nevertheless, we possess the record of those who have tried, from the 3000-year-old Taoist I Ching, to Karl ... Read more >

  • Palm oil: who’s still trashing forests?

    Blogpost by Annisa Rahmawati - 3 March, 2016 at 3:45 1 comment

    How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping ... Read more >

  • Ice loss, the beauty of the Arctic and the threat of fishing fleets

    Blogpost by Mads Flarup Christensen - 2 March, 2016 at 12:36 1 comment

    Together we kicked out Shell; seven million people across the world stopped Shell’s expansion into the Arctic in 2015. Later in the year nations came together in Paris and signed a historical agreement for the climate. These events are clear signs tha... Read more >

  • One planet, thousands of land-struggles to save it

    Blogpost by Luca Miggiano and Stephanie Brancaforte - 2 March, 2016 at 12:31

    Indigenous peoples and local communities are at the heart of the fight against climate change and environmental destruction. When a new mine breaks ground, when land is grabbed, or when industrial loggers raze forests, they are the ones who suffer fir... Read more >

  • Solar energy can change Greece

    Blogpost by Anna-Maria Renner - 1 March, 2016 at 15:00 3 comments

    Experiencing a beautiful 22 degrees °C sun in Rhodes, Greece brought to mind two thoughts:

    1) “Yes, it is truly the Island of the Sun.”

    2) “Yes, climate change is happening.”

    This led me to one conclusion: Solar power is the best way for Mediterr... Read more >

  • Make-or-break moment for Arctic protection

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - 29 February, 2016 at 12:40 3 comments

    This week, an unremarkable event can play a remarkable role to protect life in the Arctic.

    A part of the permanent ice cover on which life in the Arctic depends can soon be protected from destructive activities. If this protection is to become reality,... Read more >

  • Thousands call for #safepassage in Europe

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - 29 February, 2016 at 12:12

    As thousands of people gathered across Europe on Saturday to call for refugee rights, a human chain of hands was formed on a stony Lesbos beach next to a banner demanding ‘No more deaths’.

    Safe Passage Demonstration on Lesbos People hold hands on a beach in Molyvos, Lesbos, calling for safe passage and no more deaths. The activity was held in solidarity with other protests across Europe on Saturday February 27 as thousands of people in more than 100 cities marched in support of refugee rights. 27 Feb, 2016 © Giorgos Moutafis / MSF / Greenpeace

    Lesbos is on the frontline of Europe’s worst refugee crisis... Read more >

  • Love the Oscars? You’ll love these environmental films too

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - 29 February, 2016 at 7:47 4 comments

    Rising seas, severe droughts, catastrophic storms, people foraging for food. Sounds like a backdrop for a post-apocalyptic film but this is climate change, and it’s the real-life blockbuster happening right now.

    Whether it’s Al Gore’s An Inconvenie... Read more >

  • 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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