Top news: Stormtroopers and Jedis clash over Volkswagen’s climate stance; TEPCO shareholders protest against the company’s nuclear business; Los Alamos nuclear laboratories threatened by fires. 


© Dieter Telemans / Greenpeace

#Volkswagen: The Volkswagen Darkside campaign! It is a gloomy moment for our planet Earth, and we are all called to the Rebellion against the Volkswagen Empire. Rebellious Stormtroopers have already converged in London to take action! The largest European car maker has been exaggerating its green credentials and avoiding making its most popular models more fuel efficient. According to the report released today by Greenpeace, Volkswagen puts its most fuel-efficient engines in only 6% of its models, making them far more expensive. This policy is a clear deterrent against a wider adoption of less polluting vehicles. But all is not lost. We feel the good in Volkswagen!

Look the video, more green Jedis are ready to fight!


#Japan: Some 9,300 angry shareholders of TEPCO, the operator of the crisis-ridden Fukushima nuclear plant, gathered at the company’s annual general meeting today where they delivered stiff criticism, and where they were asked to vote on a motion to abandon the nuclear power part of its business. Although this motion had now a greater imperative, given the radiation leakage that still continues at Fukushima nuclear site, it was rejected. Greenpeace Japan mounted a protest outside, calling TEPCO The worst Ever Polluting Company (spot the acronym).

#Forest fires: A raging forest fire threatened Los Alamos nuclear laboratories in New Mexico yesterday, leading to the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. The fire reached the facility perimeter touching the Tech Area, which was used in the ‘60s for underground tests with high explosives and radioactive material.  Los Alamos National Laboratory is the US largest stockpile of nuclear warheads; officials said that all radioactive materials stored at the sprawling lab were safe from flames. The lab has been closed while firefighters monitor the blaze.

#Monkeys: What happens when an advertiser from Proton Studio meets a monkey specialist from Yale? They pop out a monkey ad campaign; obviously. The idea came about because the primatologist Elizabeth Kiehne has proven that monkeys can use money in the same way we do. Now the experts want to understand if the poor animals can be brainwashed by advertisements as we are. Will it work? Is the business trying to target new unexplored markets?