Top News: Injunction will not hinder Greenpeace’s Arctic oil campaign; Ken and Barbie’s forest break-up saga continues; Fukushima soil too dangerous for children and pregnant women; Russia and Norway agree on Barents Sea oil exploration; and a solar-powered bikini that can charge your MP3 player.
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#Barbie: Poor Ken, he still can’t get over Barbie’s unappealing deforestation habit, but he isn’t letting up in his efforts to let the world know that their relationship is over. On Wednesday, he unfurled a huge banner in London’s Piccadilly Circus, once again stressing that he doesn’t date girls who are into deforestation. As Bustar Maitar from Greenpeace writes, the steps Barbie must take to win Ken back are clear: “If Barbie wants to put things right with Ken, she’s going to have to quit trashing rainforests. Mattel must stop wrapping Barbie in paper that comes from Indonesian rainforests, and it must no longer buy paper from APP.”
#Nuclear: While the Fukushima story is less prominent in news headlines, the story is far from over. On Thursday, Greenpeace yet again urged the Japanese government to provide full financial and logistical support for the prompt evacuation of pregnant women and children living in high-radiation zone and to conduct a full clean-up of contaminated areas. Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, after a visit to a kindergarten in the town where parents have been removing contaminated topsoil, said that Fukushima's people now face both a "radiation catastrophe" and an "information limbo".
#SaveTheArctic: On Thursday, a Dutch court granted an injunction against Greenpeace sought by oil company Cairn Energy. This ruling means Greenpeace will be now liable for substantial fines if there is any further action stopping Cairn from drilling in the Arctic. As one Greenpeace activist, Nick Young, wrote on his blog: “We’re now considering what we do next but one thing’s for sure, Cairn can hire all the lawyers in the world, but they won’t stop our campaign to kick the oil companies out of the Arctic. This will be one of the defining environmental battles of our age, and it’s one we’re going to win”. Do you want to take part in this battle? Send an e-mail to the Cairn Energy’s CEO, demanding to see their Greenland oil spill response plan.
Meantime 18 Greenpeace activists arrested after boarding the Cairn oil rig Leiv Eiriksson on Saturday are still in jail. All 18 were arrested whilst searching for the as-yet-unseen oil spill response plan - they now face charges of trespassing and breaching the security zone. Do you want to support the activists? Send them a message.
#Oil: The hunt for Arctic oil continues elsewhere, with BBC reporting that Russia and Norway have agreed a deal to divide up their shares of the oil-rich Barents Sea. The agreement was approved by the two countries’ parliaments and allows companies to explore for oil and gas in the 68,000 square mile area. James Nixey, manager and research fellow at Chatham House said "the potential economic benefits are enormous,” adding that “the significance of the deal is that it is widely recognised that the Arctic is a scene of future commerce and possibly future conflict.”
#Solar: Whoever thinks solar power isn’t sexy will be proved wrong this summer as the Huffington Post reports the release of the solar-powered bikini. The swimsuit uses the sun to charge iPods, iPhones, and any other gadgets with a USB connector. It even allows the wearer to use this unusual swimming costume for - moment of surprise – swimming. And that’s not all: The bikini’s designer is now also developing a solar powered men’s swimsuit which will be able to chill beers; they’re calling it the iDrink.
That's it for today's environmental news.
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