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  • Climbing Fitz Roy in Patagonia without PFCs

    Blogpost by David Bacci - March 6, 2016 at 9:07

    After successfully climbing Cerro Torre, my next goal was to climb the route opened by the legendary Italian climbers Casimiro Ferrari and Vittorio Meles in 1976, called Pilar Este on the Eastern Face of Fitz Roy in Patagonia, on the border of Argentina and Chile.

    The route is 1,400 metres of extremely difficult and technical vertical granite. The exposure, the difficulty of the route and the extreme climate of Patagonia have repelled many attempts to repeat this route over the last 40 years. But my friend Matteo and I wanted to give it a try.

    @David Bacci/Greenpeace 

    So on the 16th of January we loaded our backpacks with food and gear and started the journey towards Paso Superior. The weather forecast looked grim for Monday night but it seemed like it would be fine for the rest of the week. After a six hour c... Read more >

  • We kicked out Shell, but there’s a new threat to the Arctic

    Blogpost by Mads Flarup Christensen - March 3, 2016 at 21:40
    All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

    Together we kicked out Shell, 7 million people across the world stopped Shell’s expansion into the Arctic last year. Later in the year nations came together in Paris and signed a historical agreement for the climate. These events are clear signs that the world is entering into a new era, where fossil fuels are placed in a museum, making room for a sustainable future. we move away from the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation, and move towards a sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection.

    Global warming opens the Arctic to destructive fishing fleets

    The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average and is one of the main drivers behind dramatic sea ice loss in ... Read more >

  • Palm oil: who’s still trashing forests?

    Blogpost by Annisa Rahmawati - March 3, 2016 at 18:53

    How ‘clean’ is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we’re releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who’s keeping up - and who’s lagging way behind.

    The biggest forest fires of the century tore through Indonesia just six months ago. They reduced millions of hectares of of vibrant, living tropical rainforest and peatland to smoking ash - and with it, some of the last habitat of Indonesian orangutans.

    Forest fires in West Kalimantan, September 2015.Forest fires in West Kalimantan, September 2015.

    A forest fire in Indonesia may seem like a far away issue, but for the past ten years, our investigations have exposed how the everyday products in our cupboards and on our bathroom shelves have direct links...

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  • Solar energy can change Greece

    Blogpost by Anna-Maria Renner - March 2, 2016 at 9:13

    Experiencing a beautiful 22 degrees °C sun in Rhodes, Greece brought to mind two thoughts: 

    1) “Yes, it is truly the Island of the Sun.” 

    2) “Yes, climate change is happening.”

    This led me to one conclusion: Solar power is the best way for Mediterranean countries to take advantage of their greatest asset: the sun. With it they can power their economies out of the crisis and into a brighter and more sustainable future!

     © Panos Mitsios / Greenpeace

    A few days ago the first solar panels for low-income families – funded by you – were installed in Rhodes! I saw hope in the smiles of the families. Smiling, because they now have access to free and clean energy from the sun, and because the electricity bill will never again be a huge burden on their family budgets. Shouldn’t everybody have this?

    This is particularly true in a... Read more >

  • In Pictures: Arctic Frontiers, the natural wonders on the top of the world

    Blogpost by Angela Glienicke - March 1, 2016 at 10:10
    All rights reserved. Credit: © Glenn Williams / National Institute of Standards and Technology

    Today we launch our campaign to protect the fragile ocean on top of the world. These images illustrate the rich biodiversity of the region and give you an idea of what is at stake if industrial fishing fleets move even further North to exploit these waters, where ethereal, otherworldly, translucent sea angels hover and the unicorns of the sea, narwahls live.

    Melting sea ice due to climate change enables more fishing vessels to move to previously inaccessible areas of the Arctic.

    Help us to protect the vulnerable waters around Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic.

    Join the movement today!

    IB ImageSouth coast of Kongsfjorden, Norway 

    © Nick Cobbing / Greenpeace 2014

    IB Image

    Beluga wha... Read more >

  • Thousands call for #safepassage in Europe

    Blogpost by Aaron Gray-Block - March 1, 2016 at 10:05

    As thousands of people gathered across Europe on Saturday to call for refugee rights, a human chain of hands was formed on a stony Lesbos beach next to a banner demanding ‘No more deaths’.

    Safe Passage Demonstration on Lesbos People hold hands on a beach in Molyvos, Lesbos, calling for safe passage and no more deaths. The activity was held in solidarity with other protests across Europe on Saturday February 27 as thousands of people in more than 100 cities marched in support of refugee rights. 27 Feb, 2016 © Giorgos Moutafis / MSF / Greenpeace

    Lesbos is on the frontline of Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II and it’s where Greenpeace is working with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) to rescue refugees in distress at sea. Read more >

    Half a million people fleeing war and horror made the dangerous sea crossing to Lesbos last year and that flow of human hope and suffering has continued unabated in 2016. Already this year more than 300 people have died trying to cross the Aegean Sea.

    “Europe needs to embrace this crisis and not have the borders closed ... We don’t want to see any more bodies washing ashore,” Lesbos resi...

  • Make-or-break moment for Arctic protection

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - March 1, 2016 at 8:44

    This week, an unremarkable event can play a remarkable role to protect life in the Arctic.

    A part of the permanent ice cover on which life in the Arctic depends can soon be protected from destructive activities. If this protection is to become reality, a group of people must now make the right decision.

    OSPAR is the name of a little-known, but very important organisation, in which fifteen European countries cooperate to protect the marine environment in a huge area of the sea stretching all the way from Spain to the North Pole. This week delegates from these countries meet in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss the establishment of an Arctic Marine Protected Area (MPA) located in the international waters north of Greenland. The area is pie-shaped, almost the size of the United Kingdom. 

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  • Love the Oscars? You’ll love these environmental films too

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - March 1, 2016 at 7:31

    Rising seas, severe droughts, catastrophic storms, people foraging for food. Sounds like a backdrop for a post-apocalyptic film but this is climate change, and it’s the real-life blockbuster happening right now.

    Whether it’s Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, or Greenpeace’s How to Change the World, films have the ability to highlight environmental issues and empower a movement to create change. But it’s not just documentary - climate fiction, or cli-fi is the literary genre that has risen out of our recognition of climate change and the need to do something about it.

    Afterall, as first-time Oscar winner and climate activist Leonardo Dicaprio said:

    Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. And we need to work collectively ... Read more >

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