Top news: Greenpeace boss takes action on Arctic oil rig - Kumi Naidoo arrested off Greenland; Developing countries look at the EU for revitalising UN climate change agreement; Greenpeace talk on desertification and climate change; Japanese government worried by continuing spread of radiation.

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#Greenland: Our boss, Greenpeace International’s Executive Director followed the footsteps of twenty Greenpeace earlier activists that climbed onto Cairn Energy’s oil rig off the coast of Greenland the rig in the past two weeks, to stop Arctic drilling. Despite being sprayed with freezing cold water from water cannons, Kumi and activist Ulvar scaled the oil rig where they handed over 50,000 signatures from across the world who have emailed Cairn to demand they publish the rig’s secret oil spill response plan. They’ve now been arrested and are being flown to Greenland – read more on “Kumi Naidoo boards Arctic oil rig demanding Cairn’s oil spill response plan”.

#Climate change: South Centre – an agency representing developing countries –  said that European leadership is necessary to prevent the failure of climate change efforts. The agency says that the Copenhagen Accord was shown to be inadequate and European representatives must play a leading role in saving the international climate change regime next December in Durban, at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Greenpeace’s climate policy coordinator Wendell Trio said that “developing countries are looking to the EU to produce at least a political declaration in Durban that would put end to the lack of clarity on Kyoto”. This might involve countries outside Kyoto agreeing to “put their targets into domestic policies” he said.

#Climate change: Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Miren Gutierrez, Greenpeace Spain’s executive director, gave a talk about this issue at Ataria nature interpretation centre. During her speech she spoke about desertification -due to water misuse, intensive agriculture, logging and wild urbanization, and climate change.

#Nuclear: Japan has asked pregnant women and children to move from radiation hot-spots. Edano said data gathered from areas 20 to 50 km from the nuclear plant, are currently being assessed and that the government would recommend evacuation on a household basis. The government will not evacuate entire towns, but all those residents that would be exposed to more than 20 millisieverts of radiation per year. Greenpeace has been calling on the government to take action to protect vulnerable members of society since the crisis began on March 11.