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  • Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Episode 4

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - November 3, 2011 at 11:51

    The Rainbow Warrior trials her sails in a Force 7 North Sea gale.

     

     

    If you're one of the 100,000 people who donated directly to the ship's creation, or who bought a bolt, a square meter of sail, or the entire wheelhouse from our online e-store, thank you so much. We're inviting you on board for a glimpse of life on the Warrior from behind the scenes, below the decks, and off the record with our web mini-series of video blogs, "Stories from the Rainbow Warrior" Follow the entire series, which will run through the end of this year, through the eyes of our newest activists, the New Hands on Deck.

    Please show her off to your friends, family and colleagues: every time you retweet, share, "like," or pass along Greenpeace content, you campaign with us for our planet's future.

     


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  • Protecting the wild south: Antarctica

    Blogpost by Richard Page - November 2, 2011 at 10:08

    Humpback whales and the Esperanza

    Oceans campaigner Richard Page is currently attending the annual meeting of CCAMLR Commission, where discussions are underway for a representative network of marine protected areas across the Southern Ocean by 2012.

    Although it’s spring here in Hobart, Tasmania, the sometimes-chilly weather reminds me that there is only 3,500km (2000 miles) of ocean between where I am and Antarctica. The city has strong connections with the icy continent at the bottom of our blue planet. James Clark Ross and Roald Amundsen are just two of the famous polar explorers whose expeditions stopped in Hobart on the way south.  Today, Tasmania is no less important to Antarctic research and is home to the Australian Antarctic Division and importantly, the secretariat for the Convention for the Conservation of Ma... Read more >

  • Asia Pulp and Paper's sinking reputation forces more companies to jump ship - including Hasbro

    Blogpost by Jamie Woolley, Greenpeace UK - November 1, 2011 at 11:19

    Logos of major companies who have recently cancelled contracts with APP

    There's further bad news for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) as yet more companies around the world ditch their contracts with the unscrupulous forest-trashing company. Hot on the heels of Mattel and Lego, today Hasbro announced a new paper-buying policy.

    Hasbro's new policy says it will avoid controversial sources of paper fibre, and has explicitly requested that suppliers avoid dealing with APP. Hasbro has also committed to boost its use of FSC-certified and recycled paper in toy packaging.

    So the list of companies refusing to do business with APP is continually growing and also features many well-known brands. Here are some more recent additions:
    •    Tchibo, the world's fifth largest coffee roaster
    •    Montblanc, maker of luxury pens
    •    The Warehouse, the largest department store group in ... Read more >

  • Facebook's New Datacentre: a renewable-powered friend?

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 31, 2011 at 15:53

    Today the tech and business media are all a-twitter about Facebook, after news that company will start constructing its first datacentre outside the United States, close to the Arctic Circle, in Luleå, Sweden.

    By locating the datacentre in Luleå, it can use free cooling from the frigid local climate and be close to renewable hydropower in the region.

    If you 'like' Facebook's news, let them know at our Facebook: Unfriend Coal page. And invite your friends to join the campaign - it isn't over yet!

     

    This is big news for our Unfriend Coal Campaign: over the past 20 months 700,000 of us have campaigned online and around the world for a greener Facebook. One of the big reasons for putting pressure on Facebook was that the company chose to power its first two self-owned data center... Read more >

  • Stories from the Rainbow Warrior: Episode 3

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 31, 2011 at 9:43

     

    Catch our web video series "Stories from the Rainbow Warrior" and see the maiden voyage through the eyes of our newest activists, the New Hands on Deck.

    Follow their updates onFacebook and Twitter and Flickr.

    Stay up to date on the  Maiden voyage of the Rainbow Warrior by "Liking" the New Hands on Deck Facebook page. 

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  • Wind Power! Rainbow Warrior trials her sails

    Blogpost by fshiraka - October 30, 2011 at 16:07

    Don't think there's much power in the wind? I defy anyone to say that standing here on the deck of the Rainbow Warrior as she heels over at 14 degrees, 838 tonnes of steel moving at 12.8 knots on only four sails, the masts singing as she dolphins through the waves. There's unimaginable power in that wind.

    Wind Power!

    Yesterday, as we transited from Hamburg to Amsterdam, we passed a stunning testimony to just how much power the wind can make: The Princess Amalia Wind Farm, 60 giant wind turbines standing in the North Sea with a capacity of more than 120 megawatts of pure clean energy. That's roughly enough to power around 35,000 US households -- and as much as double that number of Dutch households, which consume quite a bit less.  Princess Amalia is only one of several North Sea wind farms that th... Read more >

  • Clean Energy Now: Rainbow Warrior in action

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 27, 2011 at 10:18

    Energy company Essent's coal plant in Eemshaven, the Netherlands has the dubious honor of being the first action target of the new Rainbow Warrior.

    Clean Energy Now

    We pulled into Eemshaven today to demand construction stop on the biggest and most polluting power plant in the Netherlands, ironically set amid dozens of wind turbines in one of the windiest places in the country.

    New Hands on Deck Harmony and Pablo helped make sure the message was clear by rigging a banner to the Rainbow Warrior calling for "Clean Energy Now."

    CEO Peter Terium of Essent was invited to visit the ship, but did not turn up.

    Rolf Schipper, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Netherlands said: "This ship is driven by super-efficient electric motors and sails that set a standard for sustainable shipping. It wil... Read more >

  • A Frozen Planet under threat

    Blogpost by Joss Garman, Greenpeace UK - October 27, 2011 at 10:09

    Like millions of people I have the next few Wednesday evenings mapped out already – I’ll watching David Attenborough’s groundbreaking new series Frozen Planet. In the tradition of Planet Earth and Human Planet, this new BBC production is bringing extreme environments into living rooms across the world, with unforgettable sequences that take the viewer to the ends of the earth and into the habitats of extraordinary species.

    It’s breathtaking ... Read more >

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