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AP reports that the EU has officially set out its emissions-reduction target at 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. It has promised to cut its emissions by 30 per cent, but only if the world's two biggest polluters, the U.S. and China, also cut back. The article states that Greenpeace says the EU must set an example by making bigger cuts.

The Guardian reports that Greenpeace has invited some of the UK's leading architects to design an "impenetrable fortress" to be built on land earmarked for the third runway at Heathrow. Greenpeace bought the parcel of land last year and then distributed ownership to more than 60,000 supporters around the world. The small individual plots will create a legal headache for any government trying to push ahead with the expansion plans.

AAP reports on the Greenpeace statement that the frequency of forest fires will triple in Australia if no action is taken on climate change.

Security was tight at a recent ball held by the Danish queen because of the Red Carpet action. This was reported in Norway.

The Financial Times has reported on the University of East Anglia breaching freedom of information rules by failing to provide data requested by climate sceptics. The article mentions Greenpeace, stating that while scientists are on the same side as environmental organisations, they seem shy about public debate.

In Mexican news, Greenpeace and other civil society organisations have accused the agro-industry of manipulation with regards to the recent approval of the planting of genetically engineered maize in the country.

In Russian news, Greenpeace held a flash-mob Thursday outside the presidential administration reception office, as volunteers dressed up as tree stumps handed over a petition from Russian citizens asking for the country’s state forestry service to be restored.

The Public Eye Awards have been mentioned in Swedish news. It was announced Wednesday that the prizes for worst company went to Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and the Royal Bank of Canada.

There has been further coverage of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics in an article about computer company Wipro. The article, from Indian paper Business Standard, also mentions a 2005 campaign against the company.

In non-Greenpeace news:

In American news, the Obama administration pledged Thursday that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by "in the range of" 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

Bloomberg reports that a Yale University poll shows public concern about global warming is declining.

AAP reports on the scientists from Australia and New Zealand who have launched the first voyage into the Southern Ocean that will attempt to prove non-lethal research can provide all the information needed to understand and protect whales.

(Photo: Copyright Greenpeace)