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  • Turning ocean destruction into brighter ideas

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - June 1, 2016 at 9:37

    Deployed in their thousands and killing non-target species in their millions, fish aggregating devices (FADs) are a scourge to our oceans, devastating marine life to supply companies like Thai Union.

    Made up of nets, metal and bamboo frames, buoys and ribbon, these marine snares also have beacons which tell their owners where they are and often the amount of sea life that has gathered beneath them. This bundle of electronics is made up of rechargeable batteries, solar panels, LED lights and circuitry.

    But it’s not just the damage they do at sea – this gear often ends up either in huge trash heaps on land, or washed up on reefs. So, while the crew of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza have been recovering and dismantling every one that we find in the Indian Ocean, our enterprising on-board wh... Read more >

  • Shell’s Arctic Dreams End Up on the Scrap Heap

    Blogpost by Tim Donaghy - May 31, 2016 at 8:23

    Friends dancing on the helideck of the Noble Discoverer in Alang, India. Credit: K. Patel. Source: Facebook Friends dancing on the helideck of the Noble Discoverer in Alang, India. Credit: K. Patel. Source: Facebook

    One year ago the drill ship Noble Discoverer was in Everett, Washington preparing to head north as one of two drilling rigs contracted by Royal Dutch Shell in their quest to find oil beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Today the Discoverer rests on a beach in Alang, India ready to be dismantled and sold for scrap.

    These photos of the drill ship’s last destination (all of which were found on public websites) are a powerful illustration that Big Oil’s Arctic ambitions were flawed from the beginning. It is important to recall that the Discoverer is actually the second of Shell’s drilling rigs to end up on the scrap heap, following the Kulluk, which slipped its tow line in a fierc... Read more >

  • INFOGRAPHIC: What you should know about the heart of the Amazon

    Blogpost by Alia Lassal - May 30, 2016 at 15:33

    The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest and the people and ecosystems that depend on it face a serious threat.

    Here’s what you need to know. Click to see the whole infographic:

    Click to see the whole infographic! The Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest is under threat.This infographic is based on information from the Greenpeace Brazil report The Battle for the River of Life.

    Now that you know the threat the Tapajós faces, take action! Help protect the heart of the Amazon.

    Alia Lassal is a former intern with the Americas Communications Hub at Greenpeace USA. Read more >

  • Hunting for ghost nets on Sylter Aussenriff

    Blogpost by Annet van Aarsen - May 30, 2016 at 15:31

    Not a lot of people know this, but the North Sea is one of the most beautiful places in the world to make a dive. On a perfect day, the visibility is endless, the water is a beautiful blueish green and – if the tide is calculated right – there is almost no current.

    Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise documenting the stones underwater off the Sylter Aussenriff in the North Sea.  © Uli Kunz / Greenpeace

    On the seabed, you can find hundreds of old wrecks. Some heavily damaged, some still looking like a ship. They are almost magical time capsules. They are little paradises, full of life. Without exception the wrecks are heavily overgrown with anemones: brilliant white and soft orange colours. You see schools of fish swimming between throughout the wrecks. in nooks and crannies you find the homes of hundreds of big North Sea crabs. Sometimes you see impressive lobsters as well. And if you look closer, you’ll see all sorts of col... Read more >

  • Shell spills again: Pipeline leaks 20,000 gallons of oil in northern California

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - May 30, 2016 at 15:27

    For the second time in two weeks, Shell has spilled thousands of gallons of oil, this time in California’s Central Valley.

    Shell Pipeline Oil Spill in California, 24 May, 2016, @ Noah Berger/Greenpeace

    Less than two weeks after dumping nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil is at it again. The company’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline, which transports crude oil from California’s Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area, leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons into the soil near in San Joaquin County this week.

    Responders are on the scene to clear oil that’s reached the surface, which county officials say covered roughly 10,000 square feet of land. As of today, Shell representatives claim the pipeline has been repaired, but have not resumed operations.

    Local government officials and Shell responders are investigating the cause of the leak, and curr...

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  • Budget 2016: If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - May 27, 2016 at 7:01

    Cartoon by Malcolm Evans

    This budget shows that the Government’s fossil-fuel driven extractive industry based economic strategy is a slow moving train-wreck.

    After proclaiming in previous years that industrial dairy, coal, and oil would be the economic salvation of the nation, they are all noticeably missing from the budget. Maybe taking a punt on the the most climate polluting industries wasn’t such a great idea after all.

    The budget speech does mention climate change… once. The global crisis that threatens life as we know it. Just one solitary mention. That’s admittedly once more than in any of the previous seven budget speeches but clearly shows this Government's priorities are wrong.

    But, on the upside, Bill English did for the first time give us a clear indication of the cost of subsidies given to climate... Read more >

  • We’re calling ‘lights out’ on Thai Union’s ocean destruction

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - May 27, 2016 at 6:45

    Being in the middle of the Indian Ocean at night is incredible: you feel the vastness of the sea around you, the raw power of the waves, and the thick darkness.

    Now imagine from miles away, you see a glowing mass on the horizon. As you get closer you make out the source: intense beams of light from an array of approximately 80 high-powered lamps, searing into the water all night long. Marine life is teeming under the surface, drawn to the brilliance of the light.

    The supply vessel Explorer II in the Indian Ocean. Activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza peacefully confront marine operations at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain, the latest in a series of global protests against the tuna giant’s destructive fishing practices. At 06.00 local time, activists in inflatable boats deliver a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel using an underwater seamount to perch on and contribute to massive depletion of ocean life.  © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    That’s what we found when we encountered the Explorer II, an ominous-looking vessel in tuna giant Thai Union’s supply chain. It’s not like any ship we’d ever seen, and its lights seem to only have one purpose: a controversial method used to attract all kinds of ocean animals before other fishing vessels come and set nets around t...

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  • A BIG win for the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - May 25, 2016 at 17:35

    Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands McDonald’sTescoYoung’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters.

    The Hornsund Fjord on Svalbard/Spitzbergen. 11 Feb, 2008 © Bernd Roemmelt / Greenpeace

    Together with the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, Russian Karat Group including Ocean Trawlers and Europe’s largest processor of frozen fish, Espersen, these brands are saying “no” to the further expansion of cod fishing into the previously-frozen Northern Barents Sea.  

    This is huge. Never before has an industry stood up for Arctic protection and YOU made this possible. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world took action against bottom trawling in the Arctic — to stop heavy nets scraping marine life from the se... Read more >

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