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  • 26 politicians who, unlike Obama, got it right on arctic drilling

    Blogpost by Annie Leonard - August 20, 2015 at 15:33

    Mark Meyer / Greenpeace

    I’ve written quite a bit about the inspirational stories of the activists fighting Shell’s dangerous Arctic drilling plans. These activists and the millions of supporters along with them have made so much noise that drilling in the Arctic has become a topic that local, state and national politicians must address. Governors, legislators, members of Congress, mayors and even presidential hopefuls from President Obama’s own party are already weighing in against Arctic drilling. We have the voices of the #ShellNo movement to thank for that.

    We’ve collected some of our favorite quotes, tweets and statements from all kinds of elected officials. I hope they serve as a reminder that when enough people stand up and speak out, our politicians have to listen. With all of these elected officials opp... Read more >

  • Statoil heading for Whangarei with greenwash offensive

    Blogpost by Madeleine Smith - August 20, 2015 at 15:05

    Statoil Greenwash Guide

    Norwegian oil giant Statoil is sending a delegation of executives all the way from Norway to Whangarei. Next Friday, 28th August, they will attend a specially organised meeting with the Northland Regional Council's Maori Advisory Committee, and New Zealand government representatives.
    The secretive meeting is an attempt to gain official local support. Statoil is desperate to show people back in Norway that New Zealanders - especially Maori - have been consulted and are happy to allow Statoil's risky deep sea oil drilling to go ahead.

    Big oil is known for slick PR but the folk at Statoil are the true masters of Greenwash and they’ll be pouring it on thickly at this meeting.
    Take a look at 'The Statoil Greenwash Guide' to see just how slick they are. (Warning - you may feel sick while reading... Read more >

  • What we saw – South Pacific albacore fishery

    Blogpost by Rainbow Warrior crew - August 19, 2015 at 15:54

    Our main work on this trip has been exploring the South Pacific albacore tuna fisheries. With less than 1% of fishing activity on longliners witnessed by independent observers in the region, it really is a fishery with very little regulation.

    We found fishing vessels with the help of researchers on land, helicopter flights and other at sea monitoring. We called these ships by radio, were invited aboard, reviewed catch and ship logs, opened up freezers, documented fishing practices, working and living conditions. 

    The information we gained will help us understand what rules are really working out here, what more is needed, and help pressure both governments and corporations to take the next steps.

    This is our eighth expedition to the Pacific tuna fishing grounds, but the first time we’ve ... Read more >

  • Thousands of cars at an imported car warehouse only 400 metres from the blast site were completely destroyed

    About a week ago, on a late Wednesday night, a sight of almost Armageddon proportions confronted the residents of Tianjin. Whether they witnessed the red and orange blaze shooting up to the sky from their apartment windows; or whether they slept through it only to be confronted by a smoky black sky in the morning, the citizens of Tianjin have seen part of their city turned into something resembling a "war zone."

    By now, the story has travelled internationally: double explosions at a chemical storage plant – the first equivalent to detonating three tonnes of TNT, and the second equivalent to 20 tonnes - rocked the port, blasting windows out of their frames and flattening rows upon rows of shipping containers.

    From the various amateur videos floating around, the reactions behind the camer...

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  • Fossil fuels fall to clean energy

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 18, 2015 at 8:54

    There are two exciting, important and rapid shifts happening right now in the way our energy is generated.

    The first shift is away from polluting fossil fuel power stations, and towards renewable energy.

    The other is a transfer from power being generated at big power stations to power being generated at our homes and businesses.

    Yesterday these shifts led to yet another polluting power plant in New Zealand closing down because it’s cheaper to power our homes and businesses with clean energy.

    Contact Energy announced that they would be switching off their gas powered plant at Otahuhu because of the growth in clean energy, such as geothermal.

    The announcement comes off the back of the decision to close Huntly’s choking smoke stacks as competition from cheaper power like wind and solar is making ... Read more >

  • Company destroys plantations to protect forest

    Blogpost by Awang Kuswara - August 18, 2015 at 8:39

    This is a story of how setting an example and persistently struggling for change can eventually lead to a turnaround by governments and seemingly recalcitrant companies involved in environmental destruction.

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

    It begins in September back in 2009, when I was working in a Jakarta shopping mall. I learned of a dire situation and came to realise I had somewhere more important to be – and that was thousands of kilometers away in the peat forests of Sumatra.

    Many of us, especially city dwellers, feel that environmental degradation is a remote issue, both in terms of distance and impact on our daily lives and happiness. But something had pricked my bubble – the news that accelerating destr... Read more >

  • Join a TPPA #TPPAwalkAway protest near you!

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 14, 2015 at 10:15

    Over the coming days, thousands of New Zealanders will march against the TPPA in centres all over the country. 

    Join one if you can because if it goes through the secretive TPPA deal could be a real threat to our democracy, our society and our environment. 

    For example under the TPPA, a clause could be included that would prevent any future, progressive NZ government from strengthening laws to protect our coastlines from oil drilling or our national parks from mining, because foreign companies like Statoil or Shell could sue Kiwi taxpayers for the loss of profit. 

    It’s really important that as many people as possible get out on the streets to show the Government that we won’t take this lying down. 

    Join a rally near you - and send a message directly to the Government now to tell them that you... Read more >

  • The ninth extinction

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - August 13, 2015 at 17:30

    Earth's living community is now suffering the most severe biodiversity crisis in 65 million years, since a meteorite struck near modern Chicxulub, Mexico, injecting dust and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, and devastating 76% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

    Ecologists now ask whether or not Earth has entered another "major" extinction event, if extinctions are as important as general diversity collapse, and which emergency actions we might take to reverse the disturbing trends.

    Underwater Life in Dry Tortugas National Park. 16 Aug, 2010 © Todd Warshaw / Greenpeace

    In 1972, at the first UN environmental conference in Stockholm, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, linked the collapse of "organic diversity" to human population and industrial growth. In 1981, he published Extinction, explaining the causes and consequences of the biodiversity crisis and providin...

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