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  • DRC logging is out of control as Chatham House study lays bare

    Blogpost by Raoul Monsembula - April 3, 2014 at 17:14

    Almost all of the logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo is illegal, says a new report by the UK-based think tank, Chatham House. Though the figure of 87% is a startling one, it is not surprising for those of us here at Greenpeace who have been working on forestry issues in the Congo Basin.

    We welcome the findings of the study as they underpin and reinforce much of the work we have been doing, along with organisations like Global Witness and local NGOs, to combat what is the“organised chaos” of the DRC’s logging sector.

    Of the experts Chatham House interviewed for the study, the bulk said that between 60 and 80 per cent of logging in the country is estimated to be illegal. This is the highest proportion of any of the countries researched.

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  • As the IPPC report predicts dire consequences for New Zealand, our politicians talk only about ‘adaptation’ to Climate Change while carving up NZ for more fossil fuel exploration and maintaining an 'all of the above' approach to energy that even Simon Bridges thinks is just good rhetoric.

    On Monday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - a whole bunch of extremely smart scientists - released their highly anticipated report on climate change impacts. The increased focus on issues for humans, not just the environment, and the havoc a changing climate looks set to wreak, is rightly setting off alarm bells across the globe.

    "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change," IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri said, and Professor Neil Adger of Exeter ...

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  • IPCC warning means it’s time to get serious about protecting our oceans

    Blogpost by Willie Mackenzie - April 1, 2014 at 12:25

    We know climate change is the biggest threat facing our world, which is why it is Greenpeace’s priority campaign. Today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’shighlights the enormous impacts and consequences climate change is having on our oceans. This must act as a wake-up call for everyone who depends on, or cares about our oceans and the vast array of life within them.