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  • On September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism and piracy. The story of the Arctic 30, as they came to be known, was one heard around the world, and one that Peter Willcox writes about in his new book "Greenpeace Captain." Read an exclusive excerpt here.

    The following was excerpted with permission from chapter 19 of “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet,” by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. Available from Thomas Dunne Books. Copyright © 2016.

    Maggy had been watching a live Greenpeace feed in our home in Maine, anxiously awaiting the moment when my head would p... Read more >

  • CAT-ivists leading the fight against #BadTuna

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - April 11, 2016 at 15:58

    Cats rule the internet. They play the piano, wear bread around their faces, are frightened by cucumbers, and are generally just ridiculously cute.    

    A few weeks ago, Greenpeace teamed up with some of the biggest names in the internet cat business, the likes of Lil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, and Hamilton the Hipster Cat, to launch the ‘Cats vs Bad Tuna’ campaign against Whiskas and its owner MARS (maker of the famous chocolate bar and also the world’s largest manufacturer of pet food!)

    Read more >

    By ‘bad tuna’ we mean tuna (and other seafood) that comes from boats fishing for the notorious seafood giant ‘Thai Union’ that have been linked to slave labour and are using destructive fishing methods, like purse seining with fish aggregating devices (or FADs) or longlining.

    We know MARS buys Thai ...

  • We’ve had enough of eating and breathing Chernobyl

    Blogpost by Rashid Alimov - April 11, 2016 at 10:38

    I’m in the Bryansk region of Russia. Despite being over 180 kilometres from Chernobyl and thirty years after the disaster, my geiger counter still picks up elevated levels of radiation.  

    This invisible radiation hazard is a day-to-day reality for the five million Chernobyl survivors that live in contaminated areas of the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. They eat contaminated berries and vegetables. And they breathe radioactive smoke from fires in nearby forests contaminated by Chernobyl.

    A pumpkin patch in the Bryansk region.  © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

    Here in the Bryansk region many communities should have been evacuated, but never were.  

    Worse, the Russian government is now cutting radiation protection measures and support programs for people here to save money. Last year, three hundred thousand people lost support when the government changed the sta... Read more >

  • From fridge to film - the farmers choosing a sustainable life

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - April 11, 2016 at 10:33

    They catch the fish you eat and harvest the rice you stir-fry. But there’s something that sets these farmers apart. They’ve taken on farming methods that have influenced the way they think about food and changed their way of life.

    Hear and watch more about their stories below.

    Local fishermen choose sustainable fishing practices in Thailand

    “A Sustainable Catch” – Thailand

    Back in 2006, Jirasak Meerit, a 42 year-old fisherman from Ao Khan Kadai in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southern Thailand, saw things differently. As a small-scale fisherman he had been using the same techniques for about 30 years. So when he began to hear about more commercial fishing methods that other communities were employing he decided to switch tactics. At first, the change was good – his catch increased and he was able to sell much more than usual. But after a while he... Read more >

  • Can a new ocean treaty protect the Arctic?

    Blogpost by Sarah North and Magnus Eckeskog - April 11, 2016 at 10:25

    Two thirds of our oceans are beyond national borders and belong to all of us. But right now it’s like the wild west out there – the oceans and seabeds are at the mercy of reckless exploitation because existing ocean law focuses far more on the right to exploit, than on any duty to protect.

    A polar bear mother and her young on sea ice north of Svalbard. 8 Aug, 2013 © Larissa Beumer / Greenpeace

    The international waters around the North Pole, known as the Central Arctic Ocean, is one such area. The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average and is experiencing severe climate impacts – including the alarmingly rapid melting of sea ice. Scientists warn that the Arctic Ocean could have ice-free summers by 2030. As a result, a brand new ocean at the top of the world will be revealed in our lifetime.

    The Central Arctic Ocean may seem like a harsh and desolate place, but it is... Read more >

  • 15 things you didn't know about Chernobyl

    Blogpost by Celine Mergan - April 11, 2016 at 10:17

    In the early morning of April 26th, 1986, reactor four of the Chernobyl nuclear station exploded. It caused what the United Nations has called "the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of humanity."

    Chernobyl was the accident that the nuclear industry said would never happen.

    Twenty-five years later the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan reminded us that the risk of another Chernobyl remains wherever nuclear power is used.

    The long-lived radionuclides released by Chernobyl means the disaster continues 30 years later. It still affects the lives of millions of people. Here are 15 facts you may not know about the disaster: Read more >

    1. Exactly 30 years ago, Chernobyl's nuclear reactors, located in Ukraine, exploded. Nearly five million people still live in the areas considered contam...

  • Greenpeace is campaigning for a toxic-free future where hazardous chemicals are no longer produced, used and dumped into our environment. This includes chemicals which are persistent, toxic, bioaccumulative, carcinogenic and disruptive to human hormones.

    Wastewater in Guangdong Province  © Lu Guang / Greenpeace

    Two years ago, we began research on the global use, release and production of hazardous chemicals. This internal research was part of a wider effort to help us reassess our Detox strategy. Audience research, corporate and policy intelligence, among other things, helped us decide which industrial sectors and chemicals to focus on. We asked: where in the supply chain of sector X are hazardous chemicals used and/or released? What are the current trends for this particular group of hazardous chemicals? Can we identify key companies responsib... Read more >

  • Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

    Blogpost by Jamie Woolley - April 2, 2016 at 16:39

    Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

    Sumatran rhino Way Kambas National ParkA rhino in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia (2008)

    An excited WWF team released details of how the female rhino was safely captured in East Kalimantan (part of Indonesian Borneo) earlier this month and has now been transported to a more protected region. Over the last few years, evidence from camera traps and footprints has indicated that these rhinos still survived in Borneo's forests, but this is the first known encounter with a live animal since the early 1970s.

    The rather inaccurately-named Sumatran rhino was once found across l... Read more >

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