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  • Nine questions UK MPs should ask Shell about its Arctic drilling

    Blogpost by Bex - March 14, 2012 at 23:44

    Activists on Shell contracted drillship

    Today, we’re in for a treat – another glimpse into the fantastical world of the Arctic oil spill response plan writer. 

    Shell and Cairn Energy – who have both tried to use brute legal force to obstruct public scrutiny of their Arctic drilling plans and to silence Greenpeace and our supporters (more on that below) – are going to be subjected to a bit of parliamentary scrutiny. This afternoon, both companies will be giving evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry on protecting the Arctic.

    You can watch the session video here (and Greenpeace UK tweeted some highlights).

    Here are a few of the questions we think  the MPs should have asked Shell and Cairn:

    Do you agree that it would be impossible for a blowout to occur off Alaska at the end of the drilling season?

    Shell has come up with a ... Read more >

  • We're finning sharks. Here.

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - March 13, 2012 at 11:24

    On Sunday evening, TV3 screened an investigation into the practice of shark finning. For many Kiwis, seeing this brutal and wasteful practice occurring in our own waters - with the blessing of the quota management system - was a shock. Who knew that, even as our Pacific neighbours lead the world in shark conservation, New Zealand continues to condone shark finning?

    Photo: David Vogt, davidvogtphotography.com. Finning and dumping sharks at sea – seen here on a New Zealand longline vessel - is legal in NZ waters, but banned by many countries in the Pacific and beyond.

    Contrast this with the Pacific. Last week, the tiny Pacific island of Guam celebrated the first birthday of its shark protection law. The law bans the possession and trade of shark fins, as well as banning the product for... Read more >

  • Shell Attempts to Silence Dissent Over Arctic Drilling

    Blogpost by Chris Eaton - March 12, 2012 at 13:44

    the Leiv Eiriksson Oil Rig

    Do you disagree with Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Arctic? Well, Shell is trying to silence you.

    This week, the Shell Oil Company responded to Greenpeace New Zealand activists who boarded its drillship by filing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against Greenpeace USA. Shell’s proposed order would have been one of the broadest and most restrictive in US legal history.

    If granted, the restraining order could have been applied to any of the 500,000 online activists associated with Greenpeace USA who chose to take action with the organization at Shell’s gas stations, regional offices or its other venues around the country.

    But, on March 1 a federal judge in Alaska rejected the bulk of the request as too broad. Instead, the judge issued a limited order against Greenpeace USA to... Read more >

  • Brazilians demand President Dilma protects the Amazon

    Blogpost by Jess Miller - March 12, 2012 at 12:08

    Jaguar in the Amazon rainforest

    The forest code is in danger, and with its future lies the fate of the Brazilian Amazon. This week, after another delay to the vote on the new law, thousands of Brazilians demonstrated in Brasilia, demanding Dilma veto the new law.

    Take action: tell President Dilma to veto the new forest code!

    The vote on the new law, the last step before it goes to the presidency for approval, was set for 6 March but has been postponed till next week. The delay will have little impact on the already terrible text, as it is already full of problems. The law stimulates further deforestation and relieves the requirement for recovery of the vast majority of already illegally deforested areas, cancels fines for past criminals and offers nothing to those who fulfilled the law and protect existing ... Read more >

  • Last year, using forensic testing of tissue paper sold in New Zealand, we scientifically linked rainforest clearance to toilet paper sold here in New Zealand by Cottonsoft - a Kiwi based company owned by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) a company notorious for its destruction of Indonesian rainforests.

    Then, earlier this month we published the findings of another investigation into APP’s  illegal timber scandal and those results reveal a scandal.

    This second year-long, under cover investigation collected evidence at APP's biggest pulp mill and shows that APP logyards are riddled with illegal ramin logs. Ramin trees can be found in Sumatra's peat swamp forests, home to the Sumatran tiger, which are now being cleared at a devastating rate with much of this clearance being on land now controlled by... Read more >

  • Fukushima, One Year After...

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - March 12, 2012 at 8:46

    Today our thoughts are once more with the people of Japan; our condolences are with those who lost their loved ones and our admiration is with those who are valiantly rebuilding their lives and communities one year after the earthquake and tsunami. We wish them continued strength.

    In remembering the terrible consequences of natures full force through an earth quake and tsunami it is also important that we do not allow the accompanying nuclear crises to be painted as a natural disaster: it was man made!

    The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are still unsettled a year later. More than 150,000 had their lives completely disrupted. They had to flee from areas that are the worst contaminated. Some may never be able to return home. Many others, including vulnerable childre... Read more >

  • Good (Italian) job!

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - March 9, 2012 at 13:17

    Great news from our colleague Giorgia, oceans campaigner in Italy: One of the major canned tuna brands in Italy, Mareblu, has committed to shift to pole and line and FAD free tuna!

    Thanks to campaigning by Greenpeace and our supporters, leading Italian tuna brand Mareblu has decided to abandon destructive fishing methods in favour of sustainable practices by agreeing to source tuna only from pole and line and FAD free purse seining operations by the end of 2016. The move is a huge victory for our Tonno in trappola campaign and is a significant first shift in the Italian tinned tuna market. Mareblu has shown that when a company really wants to commit to taking action to save our oceans, it can do it. Now that the standard has been set, there can be no more excuses- all other major... Read more >

  • From muesli bars to a global mind bomb

    Blogpost by Viv Hadlow - March 6, 2012 at 9:26

    The Greenpeace New Zealand office gave us a standing ovation when Shai, Ra, Mike, Shayne, Lucy and I finally arrived ‘home’ from New Plymouth, and for the very first time since we set out to board the Noble Discoverer five days ago I started to panic a bit.

    The first time I entered this building was on the first of October 2008. I had arrived in New Zealand from the Iceland two days earlier and I was here for a job-trial as a Door-to-Door Fundraiser. Greenpeace New Zealand itself had just re-located from Valley Road to a new, bigger office on Akiraho Street in Mount Eden. There were still cardboard boxes all over the place waiting to be unpacked, and there were builders and plumbers and electricians coming and going, working to make our new home more eco-friendly.

    Lots of people at Gre... Read more >

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