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  • The inevitable transformation - why swift action is needed to stay below 1.5

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan - November 4, 2016 at 20:14

    Last year, 197 countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Today (November 4th) it comes into force, in one of the fastest ratifications of any international agreement.

    In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.

    A huge global movement has driven this momentum - from enlightened city governments to global leaders to forward-thinking businesses and corporations. But a critical role has been played by ordinary people, who have applied pressure, petitioned their governments and demanded a clean, safe climate.

    The Paris Agreement is historic not only because of the urgency and the spee... Read more >

  • Will 4.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones end up in the trash?

    Blogpost by Jude Lee - November 1, 2016 at 22:12

    Right now Samsung is considering dumping 4.3 million brand new Galaxy Note 7 phones following nearly 100 cases of exploding phones around the world. That is equivalent to almost 730,000 kilograms of hi-spec technology! While Samsung made the right call in taking their phones out of circulation to avoid more accidents or injuries, the question is now what are they going to do with this huge mountain of phones?

    Greenpeace is calling on the global tech leader to see an opportunity in this crisis and show leadership. Samsung must act transparently to ensure these gadgets don’t end up in the trash but are instead dismantled and separated, and that the precious materials they contain are reused.

    What do we know so far?

    1. Samsung produced 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 phones and sold 1.8 millio...

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  • Today, the largest marine protected area in the world was created in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica. This is a HUGE victory for the whales, penguins, and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans. 

    A group of Adeli Penguins are seen here in the Antarctic sea ice of the Southern Ocean.A group of Adeli Penguins are seen here in the Antarctic sea ice of the Southern Ocean.

    For years, Greenpeace has campaigned for protection of the Ross Sea at CCAMLR, the international body responsible for stewardship of Antarctic waters. Each year, Greenpeace, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, and millions of people around the world would call on governments to do the right thing, each time thinking THIS was the year it would finally happen. But year after year, there was always something blocking progress. But this year, all of CCAMLR’s ...

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  • Silver Power: Swiss grannies challenge Government’s weak climate policies

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan - October 28, 2016 at 17:11

    The Paris climate agreement got some new teeth today when more than 450 women aged 65 and older submitted a legal petition to force the Swiss government to take stronger action on climate change. The complaint alleges that weak climate policies are violating their constitutional rights by failing to limit warming to politically-agreed safe levels.

    Group portrait of KlimaSeniorinnen, 23 Aug 2016. © Flurin Bertschinger / GreenpeaceGroup portrait of KlimaSeniorinnen, 23 Aug 2016

    Greenpeace Switzerland is supporting the new group of women, called KlimaSeniorinnen (Senior Women for Climate Protection), in their quest to hold their government accountable for climate inaction.

    Older women are among the most vulnerable groups in a warming climate. Studies of heatwaves in Europe show they are more likely to get sick or die of dehydration, heatstroke, cardiac and circulatory pro... Read more >

  • Vaquita porpoise takes centre stage at Whaling Commission meeting

    Blogpost by Willie - October 28, 2016 at 9:25

    Image of vaquita porpoise

    Big news for a little porpoise.

    Something big just happened for the tiny vaquita porpoise at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting. The diminutive porpoise was the subject of a resolution, passed by all the countries present, urging concerted international cooperation to save the species from extinction.

    The IWC was set up by and for countries catching whales. Over the years it has turned into a more conservation-focussed forum, but that has been a long, slow struggle. Indeed some countries are still adamant that only the ‘great’ (which mostly means ‘big’) whales and whether they should be hunted is the IWC’s raison d’etre. The idea of what are and aren’t big or small whales is complicated, some great whales are smaller than those considered small, and sadly these complicat... Read more >

  • This summer, the United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP), published 'Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity', a report that admits what ecologists have been saying for decades: resources are limited, human consumption trends are unsustainable and resource depletion diminishes human health, quality of life and future development.

    The report shows that consumption of Earth's primary resources (metals, fuels, timber, cereals and so forth) has tripled in the last 40 years, driven by population growth (increasing at about 1.1% per year), economic growth (averaging about 3% per year over the same period) and consumption per person, worldwide.

    Coal Mines at the Source of the Yellow River, 20 Jun, 2014. © Wu Haitao / GreenpeaceCoal Mines at the source of the Yellow River, China

    Economic growth has helped lift some regions from poverty and created more middl... Read more >

  • Why we are taking Arctic oil to court

    Blogpost by Ingrid Skjoldvær and Truls Gulowsen - October 25, 2016 at 17:45

    With this historic court case a new generation is now taking action to stop oil companies from kidnapping our future. Nature & Youth and Greenpeace Nordic, alongside a broad coalition, have filed an unprecedented people-powered legal case against the Norwegian government. 

    Historic Lawsuit against Arctic Oil in Oslo, 18 Oct, 2016. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace
    Historic Lawsuit against Arctic Oil in Oslo, 18 Oct, 2016.

    It has the potential to become a rallying point for people resisting fossil fuel exploration around the world. This case is about holding back the oil industry at the final frontier. It is about protecting the fragile Arctic. It is about a new generation stepping up to hold governments accountable to their climate promises.

    COP21: Climate March in Oslo, 28 Nov, 2015. © Monica Løvdahl / GreenpeaceClimate March in Oslo, 28 Nov, 2015

    We will argue in court that we must take action to keep the Paris climate agreement on track, and we w... Read more >

  • To live in peace, meet the Japanese community fighting for their forest

    Blogpost by Takashi Morizumi - October 25, 2016 at 17:43

    For 20 years, the people of Okinawa, Japan have opposed the construction of a US military base that will damage the marine environment and endangered sea creatures like the Japanese dugong. Now the construction threatens to take over their forest. Japanese photojournalist, Takashi Morizumi has been documenting the Okinawa people’s movement for nine years. Read his journey and meet the people who are fighting to keep their home.

    Children swimming in the brook in the Yambaru forestChildren swimming in the brook in the Yambaru forest Read more >

    Driving north along the highway towards Higashi village, Okinawa I’m immediately struck by the lush, green Yamburu Forest. Home to over 4,000 species of plants and animals, including protected endemic and endangered species like the Okinawa woodpecker, Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, and Ishikawa's frog, it ...

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