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  • 5 Greenpeace Facebook moments to remember

    Blogpost by JulietteH - February 7, 2014 at 15:10

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    The social networking giant, Facebook, turned ten today, but what does that have to do with Greenpeace?

    Well, whether you’ve signed in or not, Facebook has become a prime mover in digital activism. It's played a role in, and contributed to the success of, many of our campaigns. Social media is shifting more and more power in the hands of people, as companies and governments can no longer control all the ways they are portrayed in public.

    I asked my colleagues what they thought was the most memorable campaign we ran on Facebook. Here are the five best:

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    Guinness world record and Facebook friends renewable energy

    The most comments on a single Facebook post in 24 hours? We bet we could get 50,000 in a single day - and we did (actually reaching 80,000), along with the certificate to prov... Read more >

  • Subsidy-free solar takes off in Spain

    Blogpost by Jose Luis Garcia - February 5, 2014 at 15:23

    Solar energy is clean, local, job-intensive, easy to install, quick to deploy, simple to maintain... but expensive. That used to be the mantra that solar promoters had to bear over the years, and it seemed an effective reason to keep the power system relying on dirtier, but apparently cheaper energy sources. Solar photovoltaic technology has been available for a long time, but it needed public support to bring it to the market. Feed-in tariffs have been the most efficient support scheme.

    Yet solar energy is running through its learning curve much quicker than anyone could have anticipated. And subsequently, the need for new plants to get economic support has become lower and lower. Today a solar panel costs some 80% less than just five years ago to yield the same power.  And costs are pr... Read more >

  • Will a new lawsuit finally give some justice to the victims of Fukushima?

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - February 4, 2014 at 10:24

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    A joint lawsuit filed in Tokyo this week offers a glimmer of hope that those responsible for the Fukushima disaster might finally face justice

    The 1,415 plaintiffs, including 38 Fukushima residents and 357 people from outsideJapan, said the manufacturers - Toshiba, GE and Hitachi - failed to make needed safety improvements to the four decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of 100 yen ($1) each, saying their main goal is to raise awareness of the problem.

    This is something Greenpeace has been demanding for a long time – that the companies that designed, supplied and built the reactors that melted down after the Japan’s 2011 catastrophic earthquake and tsunami be held responsible.

    Almost three years after the Fukushima disaster began the costs are prov...