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  • I have a small boat that I use for fishing and exploring where I live in the Manukau Harbour. It’s beautiful out there and it can get a bit wild but it didn’t prepare me for the fury of the North Atlantic or the serenity of the frozen seas of the Arctic. Read more >

    I’m on the Arctic Sunrise, one of the two ice-class Greenpeace vessels here in the frozen north campaiging against deep sea oil drilling. I’m writing this from my cabin as we crash through the ice on our way West across the Davis Strait. It’s a two-berth cabin but I have it to myself because eight of our crew are now in a Greenlandic jail.

    Three weeks ago we left Amsterdam at about the same time our fellow ship the Esperanza left England. We took slightly different routes but shared the same objective: to find and engage the Leiv Erik...

  • How Barbie Broke Ken’s Heart: Her Indonesian Deforestation Habit

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar - June 9, 2011 at 11:53

    Yes it’s true, Ken has dumped Barbie – he’s upset since he discovered that she’s intent on trashing rainforests and pushing critically-endangered wildlife, like tigers, towards extinction.

    Heartbroken Ken decided to take dramatic action to let Barbie know just how he feels.  With some help from Greenpeace activists, a huge banner was hung from the roof of Mattel’s HQ that read  “Barbie: It’s Over. I Don’t Date Girls That Are Into Deforestation”.

    The rainforests of Indonesia might seem a long way from the offices of toymaker Mattel, in El Segundo, Los Angeles. Yet, Greenpeace forensic research into the packaging used for Barbie,  the world’s most famous toy, found timber fibres from  Indonesian rainforests. We also carried out an extensive investigation in Indonesia, mapping data and t... Read more >

  • Happy world oceans day!

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - June 8, 2011 at 9:42

    We have a very happy school of sharks here in Wellington today, happy to hear the news from local retailer Foodstuffs (New World, Pak'n'Save and Four Square supermarkets) that they are shifting to more sustainable sources across most of their 'Pams' canned tuna range! Read more >

    This is fantastic news to celebrate on world oceans day, as the fishing method most commonly used to fill tuna cans has been wreaking havoc on Pacific tuna stocks and other ocean life. The method is the combination of fish aggregation devices (FADs) – floating objects that lure in tuna and many other species – and purse seines – huge nets that indiscriminately scoop up everything in the vicinity. As you can imagine, this deadly combination causes a grim toll of bycatch: sharks, turtles, juvenile tuna and other ocean life. ...

  • Today an Amsterdam court judge turned the tables on Cairn Energy. Rather than granting an injunction against Greenpeace, he instead suggested that the oil company might actually like to consider releasing its secret Arctic Oil Spill Response Plan!

    Cairn’s lawyers looked dumbfounded and stuttered about not knowing why their client won't release it.

    The judge went on to say that BP's skimping on a second valve cost the world billions as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  He said BP must regret that they didn't have their plans scrutinized in the first place because someone would have noticed the lack of a second valve.  Safety is in everyone’s interest - by being transparent perhaps there is an opportunity to make the spill plan stronger.  In fact, he asked Cairn, why they won't...

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  • Activists arrested and pod captured but this is not the end

    Blogpost by Ben Stewart - June 2, 2011 at 16:53

    Climbers working with the Danish navy have just broken into our pod suspended from the Cairn Energy oil rig here in the Arctic seas off Greenland and arrested the two Greenpeace climbers inside.

    Hannah and Luke had been suspended beneath the belly of the gigantic Leiv Eiriksson in the Arctic survival pod 25 meters above the sea for almost a hundred hours.

    Although they’ve now been arrested and their occupation ended, we’ve vowed to continue the campaign to kick the oil companies out of the Arctic.

    You can see how the last minutes of their marathon protest unfolded in the live feed they maintained for the duration of their vigil.

    Together they stopped that rig from drilling for four days, which is four days in which a Deepwater Horizon-style blow-out couldn’t happen and this beau... Read more >

  • Sealord puts logo ahead of contents

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - June 1, 2011 at 15:36

    So Sealord is changing its logo? It seems its brand identity is so important that it’s only concerned by what appears on the outside of its tuna cans and not what’s filling them. 

    Sealord doesn’t go out and catch its own tuna in the Pacific - it buys it from other fishing companies. Sealord knows these companies use indiscriminate fishing methods – methods that are known to kill endangered sharks, turtles and baby tuna – but Sealord has chosen to do nothing to stop this shameful and needless waste of ocean life. 

    Sealord has also chosen to ignore the call from more than 7500 concerned consumers in the last month urging it to start selling sustainably caught tuna. Sealord says the bycatch problem is complex and there’s no simple answer.

    That’s where Sealord is wrong. If it is serious ab... Read more >

  • There's more bad news that's come out Christchurch today which could set back the city's recovery. It's disappointing to learn that Designline, the bus company that invented the gas turbine hybrid and various other innovative, clean transport technologies, has gone into liquidation, which could result in the loss of hundreds of jobs.

    The Christchurch-based Kiwi company has built a global reputation for pioneering the development of cutting edge electric and hybrid buses that were transforming the public transport sectors in the US, Europe, the UAE, and Australia. Designline is the kind of company that could be part of New Zealand's transport solutions too. However, it seems that not only is it another business that’s fallen victim to the Christchurch earthquake, but that perhaps it’s failu... Read more >

  • (C) GREENPEACE / Steve Morgan

    In the freezing seas off Greenland, activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza are taking direct action against oil drilling in the Arctic.

    Luke and Sigurd are now hanging from the underside of Cairn Energy’s giant oil rig in our Arctic survival pod with enough food and water to stay there for a good long time. Their action will prevent the rig starting its dangerous deep water drilling 100 miles west of the Greenland coast.

    There will be live updates from the survival pod on the oil rig, and from the two Greenpeace ships near by.

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    Here’s what’s happened so far.

    At 3am local time three climbers left the side of the Esperanza in inflatable speedboats. They slipped past the navy warship guarding the rig and climbed high into the superstructure of the 53,000 tonn... Read more >

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