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  • Humpback whale near Tonga

    Yesterday, at the United Nations meeting in New York, the New Zealand government announced that a vast stretch of its exclusive economic zone will be turned into an ocean sanctuary. It is the first time an area of New Zealand’s EEZ has been fully protected from all mining and fishing and will be among the world’s largest ocean reserves.

    It is  a very welcome move to preserve one of the most pristine and unique environments on earth. Well done Prime Minister Key.

    Greenpeace has long supported the call for a global network of marine reserves to cover  40 percent of our seas and oceans and was one of the groups  supporting protection of the  Kermadecs. And the Rainbow Warrior has just completed a campaign in  the Pacific exposing overfishing and illegal fishing activity in areas of interna... Read more >

  • 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? Why wait?

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - September 30, 2015 at 10:45

    A new Greenpeace report shows how the world can move to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The bad news? It needs political will. The good news? It's already happening!

    Gemasolar, a 15 MW solar power tower plant. Gemasolar employs molten salt technologies for receiving and storing energy. Its 16-hour molten salt storage system can deliver power around the clock. It runs the equivalent of 6570 full hours out of 8769 total. Gemasolar is owned by Torresol Energy and was completed in May 2011.

    Climate change deniers and investors take note. Renewable energy is here and it's growing. From large corporations to village Eisenstein's, the growing interest, investments, and inventions into clean energy is this century's "goldrush".

    Don't believe the hype? Here are 7 signs that give us hope the Energy [R]evolution is already on its way!

    1. 2014 was the biggest year for solar in the US - an increase of 30% from the previous year.

    Alamosa Solar Generating Plant in Colorado, a 30 megawatt concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) power plant near Alamosa owned by Cogentrix Energy. It was called the largest CPV facility in the world when it came operational in May 2012. The 500 dual-axis CPV Amonix 7700 tracker assemblies cover a 225-acre plot. Each tracker is 70 feet (21 meters) wide and 50 feet (15 meters) tall. Each has 7,560 Fresnel lenses that concentrate sunlight by a multiple of 500 onto multijunction gallium arsenide photovoltaic cells.The Alamosa Solar Generating Plant in Colorado

    2. Renewable energy in the UK took over coal for the first time during this last quarter.

    New wind turbines are constructed at the Butterwick Moor Wind Farm. The site, which consists of 10 turbines with a total power of up to 30MW, is being developed by E.ON.Construction of new wind turbines in the United Kin... Read more >

  • VICTORY: 3 Years of People vs Shell

    Blogpost by India Thorogood - September 29, 2015 at 9:45

    After 3 years of campaigning to stop Arctic drilling, we’ve just heard that Shell is backing out of drilling in the Alaskan Arctic. Millions of us across the world are breathing a huge sigh of relief after one hell of a fight. The global campaign against Shell’s destructive plans has been nothing short of incredible: from 6 women climbing the Shard in London, to kayaks blocking a ship in Portland, to a giant polar bear taking Shell by surprise outside its front door. Here’s a reminder of how it all happened.

    December 2011. Despite expert opinion to the contrary, Shell launch a cynical PR campaign to convince the world that the Arctic is safe for oil drilling. They tell us “Shell is Arctic ready.” But no oil company will ever be ready to drill safely in the Arctic - so across the world we... Read more >

  • #ActionsforClimate—but still not enough

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - September 28, 2015 at 10:10

    The last few days have, for once, seen world leaders and the global media focussed on the big issues of our time: poverty, inequality and the dangers of climate change. President Obama admitted he acted too late on climate change and agreed with China´s President Xi Jinping on very significant —if still insufficient—additional actions. The Pope called on governments to act, not just declare that they will, the UN agreed on a new to-do list for humanity, including giving energy access to all via more renewable energy and calling for an end to deforestation. Some 30 world leaders agreed at climate lunch that more needs to be done to shift to renewable energy and that they must agree in Paris on a long term clean energy vision. At the same time, thousands around the world joined the latest...

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  • Do us a favour, Prime Minister, don't send anyone to Paris

    Blogpost by Bunny McDiarmid, Niamh O'Flynn and Cindy Baxter - September 28, 2015 at 9:56

    A coalition of environmental organisations is calling for prime minister John Key not to attend the upcoming Paris climate summit, and to pull Tim Groser and the entire New Zealand delegation from the two weeks of talks - see full press release here.

    Tim Groser

    OPINION: Climate change is the challenge of our time; its scale and reach making it unlike anything humanity has faced in the past or is likely to face in future.

    As such, Governments will gather in Paris in December in an attempt to reach a global deal limiting warming to 2 degrees and setting countries up for zero-carbon economies by 2050.

    Paris can be a watershed moment; the choices made there could determine whether our planet is a viable one on which we can all live. Already, we have Tuvalu's Prime Minister seeking to move his entire ... Read more >

  • “My land is not for sale.” One First Nation’s fight to save ancestral forest

    Blogpost by Marie Moucarry - September 25, 2015 at 9:41

    Foggy view of Broadback forest 16 Aug, 2009 © Greenpeace

    The Broadback Valley is one of the last intact forests in Quebec, Canada. For hundreds of kilometres, there’s not a road, not a clearcut, not a mine, not a power line, not a pipeline…just pure wilderness.

    And without protection, this pristine forest may soon be gone forever.

    That’s because earlier this year, the Quebec government failed to ensure adequate protection of the land, opening the door for new roads in this intact forest. The Quebec and Canadian governments are bending over backwards to support the Quebec logging industry—even teaming up with the logging industry to invest in marketing campaigns to try and clean up their image.

    Clearcut in Cree Territory in Broadback Valley 19 Aug, 2015 © Greenpeace

    But hope is not lost. The Broadback Valley is the ancestral land of the Cree Nation of Waswanipi, an Indigenous community that has vowed to fight ...

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  • 7,400 miles later: What we found in the deep blue sea

    Blogpost by Rainbow Warrior crew - September 24, 2015 at 16:15

    It’s now been 60 days since the Rainbow Warrior set sail from Auckland, New Zealand, travelling far into the Pacific Ocean on a mission to expose why our tuna are going belly up. 

    In that time we’ve covered 7,400 miles of deep blue.

    While we’ve been lucky enough to observe the beauty of the ocean and the marine creatures that live here, we’ve also witnessed the shocking behaviour of an industry that is threatening it all.

    Today we navigated into port in the small island state of Palau, drawing our Pacific tuna expedition to a close. It felt more than a little strange, that first step on solid ground.

    But even though our work at sea is over, the efforts of people around the world involved in making it a success continues. The discoveries made over the past two months have had promising k... Read more >

  • An uncharted mountain

    Blogpost by Andrew Davies - September 24, 2015 at 15:50

    It’s often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the oceans, and we recently learned first hand how true that is.

    First mate Fernando was on the bridge early one morning. He works the 4:00-8:00 bridge shifts (one every day, one every night). He’d checked the charts and there was nothing but deep ocean for hundreds of kilometers. The bottom was far out of range of our depth finder, but, as is normal among sailors, he left it on. 

    An uncharted mountain

    Around 04:30 in the morning, he noticed it registering something. A faint signal growing stronger, then a clear steep slope towards the surface. He’d never seen anything like it. An uncharted underwater mountain – peaking safely far below us. Based on the chart we have it’s likely over 5,000 meters high. Exactly how deep the sur...

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