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  • Why Petrobras has no right(s) to drill for deep sea oil off the East Cape

    Blogpost by Jay Harkness - September 19, 2011 at 19:36


    While the oil industry has no moral right to be opening up new, extreme frontiers in its search for the last few drops of oil - given the damage climate change will do to life on this planet - it’s also apparent that the industry may not have a legal right either.

    This morning Greenpeace and te Whānau-ā-Apanui jointly lodged an application for a judicial review of the granting of Petrobras’ permit to drill for oil in the Raukumara Basin, off the East Cape.

    The Basin has already been extensively surveyed. The Stop Deep Sea Oil Flotilla protested – and successfully disrupted - that work earlier this year.

    Now the company is deciding whether or not to start drilling exploratory wells, as allowed by its permit.

    The joint legal action is calling for a review of that permit on the basis... Read more >

  • Skating on thin ice

    Blogpost by Joss Garmen - September 16, 2011 at 12:12

    Each morning over their coffee some of the most powerful people in the world turn to the financial pages of their newspapers to check on the health of their investments by looking at how the Dow Jones and the FTSE 100 are performing. But there is another graph, also updated every day that is far more significant for charting the long-term wellbeing of all of humankind.

    Available to view at the website of the US-based National Snow and Ice Data Center is a graph that uses satellites and computer models to chart the shrinking of the floating cap of Arctic sea ice on the top of the world. Nowhere else is as sensitive to the rise in global temperatures as the polar regions, and this simple graph shows quite how rapidly the total area of summer sea ice in the Arctic is diminishing. B... Read more >

  • 40 years of Inspiring Action

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 16, 2011 at 9:37

    Believe it or not, Greenpeace celebrates its 40 birthday today! To mark the occasion, Kumi Naidoo, our International Executive Director, calls on us all to take inspiration from that first Greenpeace voyage, and to demand a better future for our planet:

    The seeds of Greenpeace were sown 40 years ago today, when a small band of dedicated people set out to change the world, sailing from Vancouver to end US nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands. While the first voyage failed to reach its destination, and the test went ahead, their non-violent direct action captured the public imagination, caused the cancellation of future tests and sparked a movement that grew into the world’s largest independent environmental organisation.

    After four decades of putting environmental issues cent... Read more >

  • 24 Hours of Reality: Live Broadcast

    Blogpost by Brian - September 15, 2011 at 18:08

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    Texas is on fire while New York floods, and that's only the extreme weather events you hear about in the Media. Tune in to 24 Hours of Reality, hosted by Al Gore, for a global perspective on the famines, wars, floods, and droughts that people deal with every day as a result of our addiction to oil and coal, and about the solutions that millions are working on.

    Social Stream/Chat Module: Read more >

  • As sea-ice retreats, still no oil found in the Arctic

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - September 14, 2011 at 11:30

    This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever.

    Arctic sea ice acts like the planet’s air conditioning system and, like miners who used canaries to warn of deadly gases, we have the extent and volume of this ice to warn us of climate change

    Summer melting is now at the highest rate since records began nearly 40 years ago and scientists are already calling the loss of Arctic sea ice "stunning…yet another wake up call that climate change is here now."

    The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is currently in the far North, working with top climate scientists to ascertain the thickness of the shrinking ice around Svalbard. As the ice retreats, companies like Shell are... Read more >

  • Where are all the tuna boats?

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - September 13, 2011 at 12:06

    A crew of five activists aboard a Greenpeace inflatable display banners in Taiwanese and English which read: Marine Reserves Now, alongside the Taiwanese longliner

    I’ve been writing about tuna fishing in the Pacific for the last 18 months but being here and seeing it first hand is giving me a new perspective on scale.

    Over the next three months the crew of the Esperanza will be campaigning in the Pacific to stop the plunder of the region’s diminishing tuna stocks. Right now there are too many fishing boats trying to catch fewer and fewer fish. In the past when I’ve written that statement I’ve imagined the Pacific being as busy as a shopping centre carpark on a Saturday afternoon. Forget that. So far it’s been more like 2am on a Sunday.

    There are almost 6000 vessels licensed to fish for tuna in an area that starts from Papua New Guinea in the west and extends across to French Polynesia in the east. Now that I’m here in the middle of the vast ocean,... Read more >

  • Arctic sea ice meltdown continues

    Blogpost by Juliette - Greenpeace International - September 8, 2011 at 9:58

    The Melting Vitruvian Man

    We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a second-low record, just behind the 2007 record. The past five years have seen the five lowest sea ice extents recorded. If this isn't a worrying downward trend, I don't know what is.

    We are causing this melt. There is just no going around it. If data and graphs and scientific research don't quite bring the point home, how about a really, really, really big piece of art?

    I've talked to a lot of people about this piece of art by John Quigley - and heard just as many interpretation of what the message is.

    This is what John Quigley had to say about it: "We came here to create the ‘Melting Vitruvi... Read more >

  • It's been ten days since we first revealed that Cottonsoft toilet paper was linked to deforestation Indonesia and it's been busy ever since.

    The case against Cottonsoft is resounding, but instead of doing the right thing they've just tried to muddy the waters and hide behind mistruths. But we're not surprised. This is how Asia Pulp and Paper, and subsidiaries such as Cottonsoft, react when they get exposed. Public relations spending and greenwash have become an integral part of their business model, creating a multi-million dollar smokescreen whilst they continue to raze the natural forests of Indonesia to the ground.

    For example, claiming that they are bastions of conservation and tiger protection are like me suggesting that I'm a challenge to Richie McCaw's captaincy of the All Blacks.

    C... Read more >

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