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  • 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 >

  • UPDATE: After receiving almost 2000 emails from concerned kiwis The Warehouse has announced it will suspend all orders of Cottonsoft products. People power works!

     

    The wholesale destruction of Indonesian rainforests is wiping out the habitat of critically endangered Sumatran tigers – and the NZ based company Cottonsofthas now been linked to this destruction.

    Cottonsoft is owned by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) - one of the most notorious players in the destruction of Indonesian rainforests.

    After an eight month investigation, we have today released evidence that Cottonsoft toilet paper contains fibre from trashed Indonesian rainforests.

    Cottonsoft refused to disclose where it was sourcing its toilet paper from so we sent samples to a US laboratory for forensic testing. Their tests conf... Read more >

  • Shell: "Something has gone wrong here"

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 19, 2011 at 9:06

    Shell has apologised for the North Sea oil spill and for its own lack of transparency saying: "The fact is something has gone wrong here, so whatever risk assessment we made about the condition of these pipes has proven to be wrong."

    It's not the most reassuring apology in the world; alongside the apology came the admission that the second leak could take weeks to fix, that the pipe that sprung the leak is more than 30 years old, and that if Shell's risk assessment, maintenance and inspection processes had been better, the accident wouldn't have happened in the first place.

    The spill, in other words, seems to have been the result of systemic failures on Shell's part.

    The company's abysmal track record on safety does little to dispel this suggestion. In 2009 and 2010, the Gannet Alpha p... Read more >

  • Advert placed by APP subsidiary Solaris in Australian newspapers

    One of Asia Pulp and Paper's Australian companies has been caught in an embarrassing PR incident, in which clumsy personal attacks on Greenpeace campaigners and others have been traced back to its staff.

    While our global focus has been on toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro, our Australian colleagues have also concentrated on a more localised APP connection. One of the major supermarkets - IGA - was one of APP's biggest customers down under, and used APP products to make some of its own-brand toilet paper.

    The team have spent some time trying to convince IGA to ditch APP and its Australian affiliate Solaris. Then came the video of a tiger dying within a plantation operated by one of APP's suppliers and just miles from where forest is being cleared to feed APP’s mills. The video and the... Read more >

  • A couple questions for Shell

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - August 18, 2011 at 11:14

    go beyond oil

    What does the ongoing North Sea oil spill say about Shell’s plans to open up the Arctic, where an accident would be all but impossible to clean up?

    Personally, it seems to me that if Shell can’t get it right in the supposedly ultra-safe North Sea then there’s no reason to think they’d be able to manage it in the freezing Beaufort Sea. As Shell continues with plans to drill in the Arctic waters off Alaska next year, these are precisely the sort of question it must answer.

    By a quirk of fate this week people have the opportunity to do just that - by taking part in the company’s “Developing Arctic resources safely and responsibly” web chat on 18th August.

    I’m sure it will be make enlightening listening and we want as many people to get involved as possible. You can register to take... Read more >

  • The spectre of Shell

    Blogpost by Cindy Baxter - August 17, 2011 at 15:03

    'The flames of Shell are flames of Hell,
    We bask below their light,
    Nought for us to serve the blight,
    Of cursed neglect and cursed Shell.”

    - Ogoni protest song, circa 1970.

    As global oil reserves run low, the oil giants are looking further and further afield in search of new oil. From the Arctic to the extreme deep waters of New Zealand, the oil drillers are preparing to take greater and greater risks in the search for the last drops of oil - but they've got  a fight on their hands.

    Here in New Zealand we’ve suddenly got Anadarko, Petrobras and now Shell virtually falling over each other to get at the promised oil reserves previously thought to be too difficult – and too risky to access.

    But we’ve seen their interest cooled by a groundswell of public resistance. From protests by... Read more >

  • Farewell to the Rainbow Warrior II

    Blogpost by nyoung - August 16, 2011 at 20:45

    After 52 years at sea (22 years as a Greenpeace ship), the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for a new life. Over the last few days, the bell was removed, the ship’s mascot dolphin taken down and the Rainbow Warrior’s named painted over. Finally, today at a ceremony in Singapore, the Rainbow Warrior was transferred to Friendship, a Bangladesh based NGO which will refit it for use as a hospital ship.

    The ship will be renamed Rongdhonu, Bengali for Rainbow. She will serve the coastal belt of Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal delivering primary and secondary medical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities of the world, communities that have little or no access to basic health care facilities. The Rongdhonu will also serve as an emergency medical ship around the regio... Read more >

  • Published: Cairn's oil spill response plan!

    Blogpost by Bex - Greenpeace UK - August 16, 2011 at 7:55

    In the event of an oil spill, turn immediately to page 13

    You know that oil spill response plan that Cairn has been refusing to publish? The one that tens of thousands of you asked to see? The one we went to the Arctic and to Cairn's Edinburgh HQ to look for? The one they were so worried we'd found, they slapped a legal interdict on us to prevent us from publishing it?

    Well, it's been published. Not by Cairn - who have never wanted to release the plan - but by the government of Greenland which says it has "decided to publish the oil spill contingency plan in Greenland after having heard the wish of the public for such publication". That's your emails, that is. Thank you.

    The response plan is here (it's tricky to download so we've put it here too ) - feel free to scrutinise it and let us know what you think in the comments. Our team in the UK... Read more >

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