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  • The Frozen Waltz

    Blogpost by Henning Reinton - August 31, 2011 at 7:22

    Ever had that dream where your house moved while you were sleeping in your bed? Where you wake up and walk out the door to find that your house has pulled up its roots and drifted down the valley to where the river meets the sea?

    For the past three nights, the Arctic Sunrise has been moored to the same ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. On the first day we got here, BBC reported that new satellite data shows that the sea ice is melting so fast this summer that both the Northeast and Northwest passages now are open. This summer’s sea ice minimum is on a trajectory to run a close second to the 2007 record for the smallest area of ice cover since the satellite era began in 1979.

    Each ice floe melts from the bottom and the top at the same time. Anything you dig into the ice will be closer... Read more >

  • Nice new logo Sealord but what about the tuna?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 29, 2011 at 7:18

    Sealord has a shiny new logo - but inside the can - it's the same old tuna.



    Sealord tuna is caught unsustainably using massive purse seines and fish aggregation devices. It's a method that indiscriminately kills all manner of other sealife.

    So our message to Sealord today is Nice logo - Bad tuna.

    As Auckland wakes up this morning to see the Sealord logo in a whole new light.

    A citywide subvertisement campaign involving dozens of people began at 3am this morning. It includes what is possibly the world's largest tuna can, banners in central Auckland and on all main arterial routes into Auckland, a  sky banner, mobile billboards and a blitz of posters and flyers throughout the city.

    Here's the live feed from the day:



    It's a message that can't be missed. Check out the live feed here - and y... Read more >

  • Bad times for APP and Cottonsoft just got worse

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 26, 2011 at 10:55

    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Steve Nicholson, the corporate affairs director for Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Australia and New Zealand.

    Fresh from a PR crisis in Australia - caused when his staff were found out for anonymously posting offensive comments online about a Greenpeace staff member and APP’s former largest customer in Australia - Steve is trying to play hardball in New Zealand.

    On Monday, together with WWF and the New Zealand Green Party we released a ‘forest friendly’ tissue guide (pdf) based on a survey of all the major retailers and suppliers selling tissue products in the country. One of the companies we approached was Cottonsoft, that was bought out in 2007 by - yes, you’ve guessed it - APP.

    APP/Cottonsoft refused to participate in the survey so earlier this yea... Read more >

  • The future of our oceans deserves a fair debate in Taiwan

    Blogpost by Yu Fen Kao, Greenpeace East Asia - August 26, 2011 at 9:30

    Greenpeace campaigner Yu Fen Kao briefs reporters on the overfishing crisis facing our oceans and the urgent need for action by Taiwan's Fisheries Agency.

    Yesterday, Greenpeace activists went to the Taiwan Fisheries Agency’s headquarters to demand they address the tuna overfishing crisis and be more transparent about the Agency’s budget and policy-making. Taiwan – one of the world’s largest tuna fishing powers- needs to engage more in conservation discussions, including at upcoming regional fisheries management meetings.

    On 9th August, Greenpeace released a report detailing how Taiwan’s Fisheries Agency supported distant water fishing operations from 2002 to 2010 while at the same time talking about sustainability. We investigated how the Fisheries Agency spent money on Taiwan’s di... Read more >

  • Into thin ice

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - August 26, 2011 at 7:47

    The Arctic Sunrise in pack ice

    The cracking and rumbling when the ship pushes the ice flows aside to make passage; the countless shades of blue and white in the ice, sea, and melt water; the feeling of being completely removed from the ordinary world, without phones or internet.

    That's why I keep coming back to the high north.

    We are but visitors here. This place belongs to the animals that can survive here, like seals, sea birds and polar bears.

    So why are we here?

    It’s been two weeks since our icebreaker the Arctic Sunrise left a busy Amsterdam for the Arctic Ocean. We coasted along Norway and then made straight for Svalbard, the Arctic archipelago between mainland Norway and the North pole. We stopped over in Longyearbyen to pick the last supplies and personnel.

    Last night, 24 hours after leaving Longy... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft’s hollow words

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 24, 2011 at 16:12

    As the war of words continues, it would seem that Cottonsoft’s most recent statement has as much integrity as a sand castle at high tide.

    Following the release of our toilet paper investigation, which exposed links between Cottonsoft and deforestation in Indonesia, there’s been a series of incoherent and somewhat desperate claims made by the company.

    The most absurd is that the laboratory used in the United States – the internationally renowned Integrated Paper Services, widely regarded as the best in the business - are not up to the job. It’s a bit like saying that Sir Edmund Hillary was distinctly average at hill walking or that Dan Carter couldn’t hit a barn door from ten yards.

    This claim loosely hinges on the fact that one of the test results indicated that tropical hardwoods we... Read more >

  • Yesterday we released results of forensic testing we’ve done that directly links Cottonsoft toilet paper with the destruction of Indonesian rainforest.  Cottonsoft is owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which have been documented many times by Greenpeace for trashing tiger habitat to feed its mills.

    We called on New Zealanders to pressure our three major retailers – Foodstuffs, Progressive Enterprises and The Warehouse to drop the Cottonsoft brand and stock only 100% recycled or FSC certified paper products.

    After a virtual avalanche of emails, The Warehouse took the responsible step and announced plans to suspend all orders of Cottonsoft. Progressives and Foodstuffs have yet to respond so keep the pressure on people! The most effective way we can get APP ... Read more >

  • Activists vindicated and court recognises right to peaceful protest

    Blogpost by Dave Walsh - Greenpeace International - August 23, 2011 at 11:14

    Good news from Denmark: The Red Carpet trial has finally ended, with a victory for freedom of expression - the Danish court clearly recognised the place that peaceful protest needs to occupy in a democracy, and the importance of standing up for what you believe in.

    The “Red Carpet 11” – Joris, Nora, Juan, Christian, Morton, Victor, Dima, Melanie, Guilhem, Thomas and Anders –received suspended sentences instead time in prison, fines or deportation from Denmark. There’s a great sense of relief from the Red Carpet team, but it would do them an injustice to say that they can  “now move on with their lives” – these are not the kind of people who sit still for long, and you can bet that they’ve been busy doing plenty of other things in their personal and professional lives over the ... Read more >

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