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  • Wind Power! Rainbow Warrior trials her sails

    Blogpost by fshiraka - October 30, 2011 at 17:07

    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 12:18

    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 12:09

    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 >

  • Behind the scenes & below the deck

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 26, 2011 at 12:38

    In addition to the regular crew sailing aboard our shiny new flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, we've got some New Hands on Deck, and they're going to take you on a journey behind the news, below the decks, and some places that have so far been off the record.

    There's a magic aboard a Greenpeace ship that's hard to describe, hard to capture, hard to communicate. Those who sail with the ships can "go native" very quickly: you get drawn into life on board, it becomes a home, and you forget how extraordinary the most mundane aspects of life on a Greenpeace ship can be to those who've not had that experience.

    The New Hands are our fresh eyes -- young activists who have seen Greenpeace action and proven themselves tough, smart, roll-up-your-sleeves campaigners, but who haven't had a lot of ship ... Read more >

  • Harmony on the mast of the Rainbow Warrior III

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 25, 2011 at 12:48

    More than 3,000 supporters have visited the Greenpeace ship in Hamburg over the weekend as we held an open boat to say "thank you" to the donors who have made the world's first crowd-funded, purpose-built, hyper-efficient activist sailing vessel possible.

    Radio room, Rainbow Warrior III

    Our New Hands on Deck Pablo and Harmony have been showing off the our amazing Radio Room, where Gianluca can hail destructive fishing ships and let them know the activists approaching them are there to non-violently take action against their illegal bycatch of turtles and dolphins. He can also control the ships webcams -- which supporters could use to monitor the size of the queue this weekend.

    The tags are still on the chair.

    Our Bridge, where Captain Joel Stewart can track ships with illegal logs from the amazon or set a course for a radioactive contamination zo... Read more >

  • Taking action to protect forests in Papua New Guinea

    Blogpost by Sam Moko - October 25, 2011 at 11:48

    A major scandal involving the destruction of forests and the abuse of human rights is rapidly unfolding in my country. Right now, I am on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, at the heart of it.

    This morning, activists painted "stop the land grab" on the side of a ship loading timber from land that has been taken from the local communities, and bound for China. The activity was met with hostility from the logging company but welcomed by local communities who want to see an end to a new lease system called 'Special-purpose Agriculture and Business leases' or SABLs.

    Before sunbreak yeserday, the Esperanza arrived in a remote and beautiful part of PNG called Pomio district. I’m grateful to finally be here but see many challenges in store over the next few days. Behind this scenic paradise is a c... Read more >

  • Kicked out of Indonesia for fighting APP's deforestation

    Blogpost by Andy Tait, Greenpeace UK - October 25, 2011 at 11:37

    Until last Wednesday, I was in Indonesia. I'd travelled there to work with colleagues in Jakarta and Sumatra on our continuing campaign to end the devastation of the country's magnificent rainforests.

    But after an extremely intense few days, I left the country prematurely on Wednesday evening. I had been due to stay longer and had a business visa to allow me to do that, but the advice we were receiving was that if I stayed it was likely to bring more risk to my colleagues working there. I feel very sad about leaving, not least because the last parting gesture from a group of officials at the airport was to place a large red deportation stamp in my passport. I was not even informed I was being deported. I was stopped whilst queuing at immigration to leave the country, interviewed for ... Read more >

  • Deniers exposed. Confirmed again: climate change is real.

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 25, 2011 at 11:34

    In an amusing turn of events today, a scientific study funded largely by climate skeptics has shown that the established scientific consensus on climate change is, in fact, correct.

    It comes as no surprise to Greenpeace that the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) programme has found that the world is – wait for it – rapidly warming. The study puts them in agreement with what top climate-science institutions NASA and NOAA, and the University of East Anglia in the UK, have been saying for decades.

    The programme – which was largely funded our favourite ‘1%’ oil billionaires the Koch Brothers – intentionally assembled a group of scientists from a range of positions on climate change, including many who had never worked on the issue before. This way, the scientific group could not be ... Read more >

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