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Top news: It is time to challenge the brands, it is time to Detox the world; stopping seas overexploitation through sustainable fish farming; whaling organization gets a clean up; Sea-monsters from the ancient times.
#Toxics: After a year long investigation, Greenpeace's last report exposes Adidas, Nike, Puma, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Abercrombie, Fitch and China's Li Ning sourcing their products from two Chinese companies responsible for dumping 300–500 tonnes of heavy metals, solvents and toxic sludge into China’s major rivers: Yangtze and Pearl River. From Jakarta to Madrid – a challenge has gone out to lead the world’s major clothing brands toward a cleanup of their supply chain.
#Fish Farming: A cover story in TIME magazine offers a lengthy investigation into aquaculture as a solution to the global overfishing crisis. Fish consumption is rising worldwide, with demand per person having risen from 10kg per year in 1960s to nearly 17kg today. With the hundreds of millions of people in the developing world, the trend is likely to continue. Greenpeace believes that aquaculture is not a solution to overfishing and is campaigning for a global network of marine reserves and fishing industry reform as necessary steps to achieving healthy, living oceans.
#Oceans: In a step forward, the 63rd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission adopted- by consensus- a proposal by the UK government to increase transparency within the IWC. The UK proposal would, among other things, prohibit cash payments of annual dues and follows major scandals of vote-buying and corruption at last year’s IWC. Greenpeace has been a vocal supporter of the initiative.
#Sea monsters If we still have doubts about the existence of Sea-monsters in our oceans, we have not about the past. UK scientists have unveiled a new fossilized sea monster, named the Pliosaur, which was the most dangerous predator that ever lived on Earth. Called a "crocodile on steroids," the animal had an 8-foot head which contained a brain the size of a peanut. That means it took a bite first and never asked questions later!