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  • After the final no there comes a yes...

    Blogpost by Pat Lerner - May 10, 2014 at 17:19

    ... and on that yes the future world depends.[1]

    I'm just back from spending a whirlwind 48 hours in Abu Dhabi where more than a thousand people, including 70 Ministers and numerous business leaders gathered to prepare for the UN Secretary General's Climate Change Summit taking place 23rd September. By then polluters are expected to come up with bold ideas and commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster.

    I came away feeling optimistic about the buzz around real action which is beginning to take place in cities and on private finance. But I am even more concerned by the inconsistencies in public policy which persist when it comes to understanding what the international commitment to "staying below 2 degrees Celsius" actually means. In plain English, it means it's game over for fos... Read more >

  • Environment Dot Com

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 9, 2014 at 15:15

    Now that the Internet Party are up and running, and if the latest polls are anything to go by, gaining some tailwind, they’ve today announced their environmental policy.

    And as part of our election year review of party policies and attitudes towards the environment, it seemed only reasonable to offer our considered thoughts on Dotcom’s latest contribution to the political mix.

     

    Firstly, it’s good to see that that the party has recognised the enormous opportunities that doing things in a cleaner smarter way could bring to New Zealand.

    And perhaps it’s no surprise that there is an emphasis on green data centres. The advances being made globally in this sector are happening at an ultra-fast pace as companies like Facebook and Google look to power their global reach w...

  • Shipment of whale meat from Iceland arrives in Japan

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan - May 9, 2014 at 11:17

    We had a strange visitor to Japan yesterday, the Alma, a refrigerated cargo vessel which has sailed all the way from Iceland carrying 2,000 tons of fin whale meat, valued at over 13 million US dollars. It sailed around the tip of Africa, cut out a planned refueling stop in Durban after over 20,000 South Africans asked their government to refuse to allow whale meat to enter the country, and then quickly refueled in Mauritius without entering port.

    Its arrival here has almost doubled the stockpile of unsold whale meat sitting in freezers around Japan.

    Iceland hunts these whales only for export to Japan. No one in Iceland eats them. But fewer and fewer people in Japan eat whale either. A poll by the respected Asahi newspaper last month found that just 4 percent of respondents occasionally ea... Read more >

  • Can the FSC logo ensure protection of the world's most valuable forests?

    Blogpost by Daniel Brindis - May 6, 2014 at 11:25