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  • 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 >

  • First faces of fortress Europe

    Blogpost by Dave Logie - April 2, 2016 at 16:36
    It’s officially spring in the Northern Hemisphere but nobody seems to have told the weather gods in Lesbos. As 50-knot gusts of wind thump the island from the south, at least they bring welcome warm air and time to put some thoughts to paper.

    MSF and Greenpeace Launch Life Saving Operations in the Aegean Sea

    It's the prevailing north wind that raises our guard as it puts the Turkish beaches in the lee and gives refugees the wrong impression of sea conditions further out on their perilous journey. It's a colder wind that brought snow and countless cases of hypothermia in the past. Beware the northerlies.

    At the end of March, Greenpeace is wrapping up its refugee rescue operation on the Greek island of Lesbos and handing over to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) who are ready to take full charge of the operation for the longer ... Read more >

  • The Tapajós River – in the heart of the Amazon  is home to thousands of people and incomparable biodiversity. But all that could change if a proposed mega-dam project moves forward.

    Greenpeace Brazil activists have joined forces with Munduruku Indigenous leaders to protest the Brazilian government's plans to build a mega dam on the Tapajós river, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in the Pará state. 18 Mar, 2016 © Fábio Nascimento / Greenpeace

    At the moment you’re reading this, the Tapajós River is flowing unimpeded through rainforest deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Its waters teem with life  including pink river dolphins! Its banks are home to hundreds of types of birds, lizards, and amphibians, as well as mammals like the jaguar, giant anteater and ocelot.

    Thousands of Munduruku Indigenous Peoples depend on this river and its thriving ecosystem for their livelihoods, as they have for centuries. But all this could change if the Brazilian government moves forward with a plan to construct a series of forty dams along the Tapajós River basin.

    Map of the Tapajos river basin


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  • A big deal for our ocean

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - March 28, 2016 at 8:40

    Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of sanctuaries that will give our oceans the protection they desperately need.

    Whale Shark in Cenderawasih Bay  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    The ocean belongs to all of us. There’s no other place on the planet that is as rich in diverse, beautiful, weird and wonderful creatures. This fragile treasure is threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction and expanding extractive activities such as oil and gas exploitation and deep-sea mining. The added pressures of climate change and increasing ocean acidification is damaging our ocean’s ability to perform its vital functions. As the first UN Oceans Assessment points out: urgent global action is needed to protect the wor... Read more >

  • Fighting for Social Justice, from South Auckland to the High Seas

    Blogpost by Tim McKinnel - March 24, 2016 at 11:50

    Tim McKinnel manages investigative work for Greenpeace's global tuna campaign. The investigations focus on illegal fishing and human rights abuses​ in the fishing industry​ around the world.

    From 2009 to 2015 Tim led the investigation into the wrongful conviction of Teina Pora. Mr Pora had spent 21 years in prison for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. In March 2015 the Privy Council quashed Mr Pora's convictions. Tim speaks about his experiences below.

    Fighting for Social Justice, from South Auckland to the High Seas

    In March 2015 the Privy Council in London quashed Teina Pora’s New Zealand convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. Teina had spent almost 22 years in prison for a crime that, it seemed clear to me, he had nothing to do with. The most incriminati... Read more >

  • Coal is not LOL: 10 Reasons to Shut Huntly Coal

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - March 23, 2016 at 12:21

    New Zealand’s last remaining coal fired power station, Huntly, was due to be shut in 2018. But after colluding with other power companies in closed-door meetings, Huntly’s owner, Genesis Energy, is reconsidering those plans. We say that’s a well bad idea: Genesis must get rid of this coal-belching dinosaur and #ShutHuntlyCoal.

    Update: Genesis has announced that it will keep the coal burners going until 2022

    Head on over to the Genesis Energy facebook page and let them know what you think.

    Here’s 10 reasons to shut the Huntly coal burners ...

    1.What The Pope said

    Coal is one of the worst carbon polluters. In June 2015, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, warned of “unprecedented destruction of ecosystems” and “serious consequences for all of us” if human... Read more >

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