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  • We can enjoy a good life without extreme oil – we have to

    Blogpost by Carmen Gravatt - March 15, 2012 at 16:00



    Oil plays a crucial part in our everyday lives, as has been pointed out many since Lucy Lawless committed the selfless and very brave act of climbing the derrick of the Noble Discoverer, to delay its departure to the Arctic.

    All the people who have made this point - perhaps redundantly – are, all the same, absolutely right.

    Many of the items we need to live and enjoy our everyday lives are made using oil. But more importantly, in this country, and in many others, almost all goods are transported using oil-based products, oil is used to create energy, and by far and away the majority of people commute to work or school using fossil fuels. 

    This is where the problem lies, given that the world is about to lose the chance to stop the global average temperature from soaring - uncontrolla... Read more >

  • Mega coal mines threaten Great Barrier Reef

    Blogpost by John Hepburn - March 15, 2012 at 8:41

    Save the Great Barrier Reef
    © Tom Jefferson/Greenpeace

    In our campaign to stop dangerous climate change, Greenpeace is taking on one of the most urgent issues: the enormous expansion of coal mining and coal exports from Australia. Not only does coal expansion spell disaster for our global climate but it threatens one of the world’s most precious treasures, the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Galilee Basin, located in the heart of Queensland, is the site of a series of proposed mega mines that could see Australia’s coal exports more than double within a decade. Enormous coal mines mean enormous amounts of carbon pollution and supporting infrastructure – including at least one rail line and multiple massive port terminals. Australia is on the brink of turning the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area into an indust... Read more >

  • 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, 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 >

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