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  • Greedy coal company is forcing farmers to crawl to get to their land

    Blogpost by Aghnia Fasza or Tides - May 15, 2016 at 10:17

    In Batang Regency, on the north coast of Central Java, one of Indonesia’s largest coal companies have made themselves at home… right in the middle of land owned by local farmers. How are they able to get away with this?

    Batang residents hold a protest in their rice farm that is under threat of development by a massive coal-fired power plant project.Batang residents hold a protest in their rice farm that is under threat of development by a massive coal-fired power plant project.

    “Batang united! Reject the coal power plant!” Read more >

    My body shivers from head to toe hearing the furious roar of the villagers. For five days in April the people of Batang have been working together, using “art as protest” and erecting large banners, signs painted with death skulls, and hand-drawn portraits of farmers with a clear message about the injustice they have had to endure.

    “Coal plants take away land and livelihood!” says one large, yell...

  • Disruption, change and the growing wave against Thai Union tuna

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - May 14, 2016 at 10:21

    The waves are surging higher around the Esperanza today. We’re headed north towards busier fishing areas, the horizon line heaving up and down as the ship barrels every which way amid the rolling, white-peaked swell.

    Waves crash against the Esperanza bow. 12 May 2016. © Will Rose / GreenpeaceWaves crash against the Esperanza bow. 12 May 2016. © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    For the past few weeks, we’ve been hunting reckless fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean that supply Thai Union, the mega-company responsible for producing much of the tinned seafood on supermarket shelves across the globe.

    We’ve been collecting these unscrupulous vessels’ fish aggregating devices (FADs), which enable them to scoop up huge volumes of any and all types sea life, pick out the marketable tuna and dump everything else – the ‘bycatch’ – back in the sea, dead.

    Greenpeace crew members on the Esperanza pull in a FAD (fish aggregating device) for inspection. 17 April 2016. © Will Rose / GreenpeaceGreenpeace crew members on t... Read more >

  • BUSTED: The Overfishing Denier

    Blogpost by John Hocevar - May 14, 2016 at 10:11
    A Greenpeace investigation shows that a prominent American fisheries scientist took millions of dollars in funding from fishing industry groups without publicly disclosing it.

    Dr Ray Hilborn - over fishing denier

    Warming and acidifying waters. Massive bleaching of corals. Collapsing fisheries. Pollution from oil, chemicals, plastics, and human waste. The oceans and ocean life are in trouble, and most scientists in the field agree. To begin to turn it around, civilization needs to look at the state of the oceans with sober and clear eyes. Now a Greenpeace investigation shows that a prominent scientist—one who has presented a rosier picture of the oceans than most of his peers—has accepted millions in research funding and additional consultancy payments from fishing industry groups without disclosing it to the public or the v...

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  • Crisis in Chiloé, Chile as thousands of marine life wash ashore

    Blogpost by Maïa Booker - May 13, 2016 at 10:45

    Chiloé Island in Chile is currently facing a crisis and one of the stranger environmental disasters Chile has seen in the past few years. In the last month alone, thousands of marine animals including birds, crabs and seals have washed ashore, dead, on Chiloé’s beaches along  a phenomenon known as ‘red tide’, or toxic algal blooms.

    Activists and researchers from Greenpeace Chile have traveled to the island to document the social and environmental crisis caused by this mass mortality of marine life. In solidarity with the fishermen and affected communities, they are calling for an investigation and demanding transparency for those affected in the region.

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    This comes after 5 tons of rotting salmon were thrown out from the farming centers in the Los Lagos region only 75 nautical mil...

  • Soya plantation in the Amazon rainforest. 13 May, 2006  © Greenpeace / Ricardo Beliel

    This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Peoples, for farmers, for business and for all of us around the world fighting to end deforestation.

    The agreement – called the soy moratorium – is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between civil society, industry and government. It has already produced a spectacular drop in Amazon deforestation. And now the moratorium will last until – as the renewal document says – it is no longer needed.

    Here’s how this unlikely agreement is tackling one of the biggest th...

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  • Panama Papers: The plot thickens

    Blogpost by Nick Young - May 10, 2016 at 13:23

    Back in April, the Panama Papers rocked the world, exposing just how the global elite use offshore trusts in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Bahamas to hide their wealth and dodgy deals. Thanks to an anonymous whistleblower who leaked a huge amount of data from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, we now have confirmation of the full extent of global tax avoidance.

    UPDATE:  Prime Minister John Key has made a desperate attempt to shift focus away from the real issues in the Panama Papers by repeating some long discredited allegations connected to charities seemingly appearing in a search of the 2013 ‘offshore leaks’ dump (not the Panama Papers). The Prime Minister is wrong. The search shows an entity mischieviously named “Greenpeace International” as a benefici... Read more >

  • A view of the district of Bento Rodrigues in Mariana, Minas Gerais state one month after the Samarco mining dam collapse. 6 Dec, 2015  © Todd Southgate / Greenpeace Read more >

    Six months have passed since one of the worst environmental tragedies in Brazil’s history: the Samarco dam collapse. On 5 November, 2015, Samarco’s mining waste dam gave way, releasing a torrent of contaminated mud that killed 19 people and left a 600 km trail of destruction as mining waste flowed down the Doce River to the Atlantic Ocean. Families, animals, houses, entire cities and the Doce River were devastated.

    Today, Greenpeace Brazil joins #UmMinutoDeSirene, a symbolic protest on the fifth day of each month in Mariana, the town where the mining dam collapsed. Protesters sound an alarm siren – one that never rang on the day of the accident to alert the local population – so that no one forgets what took place there. Samarco – a joint venture between Brazilian mining company Vale and...

  • 5 helpful vegetarian diet tips for meat-free newbies

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - May 8, 2016 at 21:12

    Cutting back on red meat and dairy can be one of the biggest steps to reduce your carbon footprint. While Greenpeace campaign for renewable energy and a transition from fossil fuels, we're also looking at other ways we can protect ourselves and the environment. Right now we're campaigning against the big Government-funded irrigation schemes that drive the industrial dairy model. Big irrigation means more cows on the land, which means more pollution of rivers and aquifers, and more greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ecological produce at Raspail Market in central Paris.Ecological produce at Raspail Market in central Paris.

    Just like a fossil fuel transport system, the meat industry has an impact on the environment. When we eat red meat every day, it has an effect on our water use and carbon footprints.

    According to the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory ... Read more >

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