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  • Are you at risk of a nuclear accident? Greenpeace map shows millions are

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - March 6, 2012 at 8:56

    ARE YOU AT RISK?

    More than 400 nuclear reactors operate around the world right now. Thankfully in New Zealand we have none but if you live elsewhere there’s a very good chance that you, your family members or your friends around the world live close enough to one to be directly affected by a disaster like the one that happened at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011.

    We have developed a new interactive map of the world so you can see how close you and your friends are to one of the world’s nuclear reactors. Hundreds of millions of people live in areas that could be heavily contaminated by a nuclear disaster. The map, with data from Nature magazine (1), works with Facebook and Twitter; you can alert others to the risks.

    Imagine being caught up in a nuclear disaster. In the ... Read more >

  • APP customers start to take action as we deliver evidence to police in Indonesia

    Blogpost by Zul Fahmi, Greenpeace South East Asia - March 2, 2012 at 16:11

    It's been a momentous 24 hours since we released the results of our investigation into Asia Pulp and Paper's illegal timber scandal.  While we in Greenpeace are best known for our direct actions, it's our investigation work that provides the foundation to expose these environmental crimes. Our Indonesian forest campaign is no different and with APP so adamant that it has 'zero tolerance for illegal timber' we knew we had to go to the heart of this issue and uncover the reality.

    For those who missed the start it's worth recapping. Sumatra's peat swamp forests, home to the Sumatran tiger, have been cleared at a devastating rate with much of this clearance being on land now controlled by APP. Within these forests also grow ramin, a tree species that is protected under Indonesian law ... Read more >

  • Asia Pulp & Paper in illegal rainforest scandal

    Blogpost by Bustar Maitar and Nathan Argent - March 1, 2012 at 21:08

    APP: “Zero tolerance for illegal wood”.

    These are the five words that say a lot but apparently mean little to a company that has made a mantra out of repeating something which is simply not true.  And today, we’ve released proof that what APP says is wrong - the results of a yearlong investigation uncovering how APP is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws which protect ramin, an internationally protected tree species under CITES.

    As you may recall in New Zealand, APP is the parent company of Cottonsoft, a Kiwi based company that Greenpeace exposed last year for selling toilet paper scientifically linked to rainforest clearance. Forensic testing conclusively showed that rainforest fibre – or mixed tropical hardwood – were present in some of their brands. A fact that, to date, Cotton... Read more >

  • Thank you!

    Blogpost by Ra, Mike, Lucy, Shayne, Viv and Shai - February 29, 2012 at 12:08

    To all the amazing supporters from all over the globe who took the time to show your love and commitment to this cause.

    First and foremost, thank you so so much from all seven of us who were up on the top of the drill ship, but also from all the people behind the scenes who made this happen.

    Now that our occupation has ended, we have had a chance to read the huge number of supportive messages that have flooded in from every corner of the world.

    We are deeply humbled by the overwhelming response from all of you. We believe in taking direct action to protect this beautiful Earth for generations to come and we now know that though it was lonely at times we were never alone. With all of yourmessages and emails to Shell  this campaign is greatly strengthened, but this is also just the tip ... Read more >

  • Top 10 reasons why Arctic oil drilling is a really stupid idea

    Blogpost by Ben - February 29, 2012 at 9:27

    A Cairn Energy oil rig in the Arctic in 2011

    Shell would have us believe that it's all very safe and there's nothing to worry about but here's our 10 reasons Arctic oil drilling is a really bad idea: Read more >

    1. It’s extremely dangerous. The Arctic environment is one of the harshest in the world, and everything you do there is more complicated than anywhere else.
    2. Our climate can’t afford it. As the impacts of climate change become more visible and the danger becomes greater, drilling for and burning more fossil fuels is pretty much the last thing we should be doing, especially in somewhere as fragile and untouched as the Arctic.
    3. Relief wells are harder to drill. In the case of a blowout – like happened with Deepwater Horizon - a relief well must be drilled, but the arrival of winter ice cuts the drilling season short. This means oil could ...
  • New Antarctic Ocean Alliance to blaze trail for marine reserves

    Blogpost by Richard Page - February 29, 2012 at 8:07

    According to some people, 2012 is supposed to be a year of transformative events. Well I don’t know about astronomical alignments, the Mayan calendar and all that, but for us oceans campaigners, 2012 is definitely significant – for 2012 is the year by which the world’s governments should have committed to a global network of marine protected areas. The shocking thing is that for all the fine words, currently our oceans are unprotected: only a mere 5.9percent of national waters and just 0.5percent of international waters are set aside as off-limits to destructive fishing, energy exploration and other industrial threats, leaving the vast majority open to plunder. While it may not be the end of the world just yet, scientists from theCensus of Marine Life  and IPSO  have been warning us that th...

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  • As we sat anxiously in the office last Friday waiting for the 'we made it' call we never dreamed that four days later we would have witnessed such a massive media storm, such overwhelming global support and such tenacity from our friends who hung on so long.

    This has been a fitting first chapter for what will undoubtedly be an epic battle. The battle to save one of the most beautiful, unique and iconic places on earth from the seemingly  insatiable greed of the oil industry. A battle to save the world from climate change - the greatest threat we face today.

    Throughout this time Shell has tried to say they want to talk, to explain how they can drill safely in the frozen Arctic, and that there's nothing to worry about. But both common sense and scientific consensus tells us there is no wa... Read more >

  • Day four on the drillship

    Blogpost by Viv, Lucy, Ra, Mike, Shayne and Shai - February 27, 2012 at 9:48

    Fourth day here on the Shell drillship and a gorgeous sunrise after a night of being shelled by sound bombs over the loud speaker... beautiful Texan accents, white noise, feedback sounds at intermitent intervals... made us howl with laughter waking ourselves up again. Ninja Mike got out of his hammock, took our chintzy wireless radio and held it up to the drilling tower's intercom system. After a good blast of La Cucaracha blaring from every speaker on the entire ship, we were allowed to sleep in peace...

    ...until 6am this morning, when we were notified that the ship was going to be turned 180 degrees to refuel. Good of them to give us half an hour´s notice and to advise us to secure ourselves and our belongings.

    We’ve heard there is lots of discussion throughout town about what a rust-... Read more >

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