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  • One world - two realities

    Blogpost by Dima Litvinov - November 28, 2011 at 9:29

    Last week I heard two completely different views of the same thing. One came from a top Swedish government official at a seminar on board the Greenpeace flag ship Rainbow Warrior dedicated to drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.  

    The second view was voiced  by an old Nenets woman from the Yamal peninsula at the very top or Russian mainland, an area which over past few decades has become one of the most actively developing gas fields in the world.

    Nenetskvinnor på Yamal-halvön Lena Ek - miljöminister
    Nenets reindeer herders of the Yamal peninsula, whose traditional lifestyle is threatened by encroachment of oil and gas production in the Arctic.  Lena Ek - Swedish Environment minister

    At the seminar in the balmy November Stockholm, the Swedish minister of the environment Lena  Ek defended the Swedish ambassador to t... Read more >

  • And the winner of the 2011 Greenpeace film competition is...

    Blogpost by Richardg - November 27, 2011 at 12:28

     

    ...Johannes Laidler and Andreas Borlinghaus for Pretending!

    Last night film makers from across Europe gathered at the Curzon Soho in central London, with one question on their minds: who had won the Greenpeace Film Competition?

    We'd challenged people to make short films that exposed how Volkswagen was misleading the public - claiming to be eco-friendly whilst lobbying against key climate laws. We'd only given filmmakers two weeks - and the response was an astounding eighty films. After weeks of voting, that was whittled down to a shortlist of twelve.

    In an award ceremony to rival the Oscars - but with a lower budget and shorter acceptance speeches - we gave out three awards, each with an amazing trophy made from recycled Volkswagen parts by Daniel Harding of HotPod. (I'm tol... Read more >

  • Pirates of the Pacific

    Blogpost by JulietteH - November 26, 2011 at 9:08

    Yesterday we found evidence of high seas pirates illegally fishing tuna in the Pacific.

     

    The high seas pockets have long been a playground for pirate fishermen making it difficult for surrounding Pacific Island countries to manage their shared fish stocks. Since 2008, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (the international body responsible for governing the overall management of the Pacific tuna fisheries) closed high seas pockets 1 and 2 to purse seine fishing.

    In January 2010, an additional agreement by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) closed additional areas of high seas to purse seine fishing, protecting 4.5 million square kilometers of the Pacific. That's an area approximately half the size of Europe.

    However, pirate (or Illegal, Unreport... Read more >

  • A Solid Statement

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 25, 2011 at 10:55

    This morning we received a call from a journalist asking whether it was Greenpeace that had subverted the Solid Energy website:  solidenergy.co.nz

    The site had been redirected to an alternate page that carries an anti-lignite mining video message and a small note published on the Indymedia website claims:

    “Hacktivists deface Solid Energy NZ website solidenergy.co.nz to raise awareness about lignite coal mining.”

    Did Greenpeace do it? No. Do we wish it was us that did it? Yes!

    Solid Energy’s plans to rip thousands of tons of lignite out of the ground in Southland is plain stupid. The message on Solid Energy’s revamped website this morning is bang on.

    Lignite mining, deep sea oil drilling and mining national parks are all indicators of a Government steering this country in entirely the wr... Read more >

  • Politicians Need to Listen to the People, Not the Polluters

    Blogpost by Tzeporah Berman - November 25, 2011 at 10:41

    Patnow Coal Plant's Chimney

    Corporations who bear the most responsibility for contributing to climate change emissions - and then profiting from those activities - are campaigning to increase their access to international negotiations like the upcoming COP17 meeting in Durban. At the same time, these carbon-intensive industries are working to defeat progressive legislation on climate change and energy around the world.

    Our new report, ‘Who’s holding us back – How carbon-intensive industry is preventing effective climate legislation,’ reveals that our biggest barrier to achieving successful, progressive policies at the international, national, and even sub-national levels is the powerful carbon-intensive industry with its vast army of lobbyists, front groups, and political rolodex.

    The behaviour of these powerful... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft find it hard to fess up to being a rainforest destroyer

    Blogpost by Grant Rosoman - November 24, 2011 at 15:32

    This week APP/Cottonsoft fired their latest public relations salvo to hide the fact they are destroying rainforests in Indonesia to make throw away paper products. They claimed that tests by one of the world's most respected fibre testing labs in USA had got it wrong, and that a set of alternative tests from a  an Australian group of pulp and paper engineering consultants proved there was no rainforest fibre in their tissue.

    Now any reasonable company would have launched an immediate investigation to identify how the rainforest fibre got in there. Any responsible company would have immediately committed to ensure that it will not use fibre from rainforests in any of its production.  But not APP/Cottonsoft. They instead went on the offensive with an ill judged PR diversion.  But scratch t... Read more >

  • According to a new paper in Nature, sea ice in the Arctic is now declining at a pace and scale not seen for over a thousand years. It estimates that after decades of decline, the amount of ice locked away in the High North is now 2 million km2 smaller than it was at the end of the 20th Century and that ice-free summers at the Pole are likely sooner rather than later.

     

       

    © Nick Cobbing/ Greenpeace

    The paper also notes that the increasing rate of melting in the summer is slowing the speed that subsequent winter ice is created. Because it has less time to thicken, this thinner winter ice is even more vulnerable to warmer temperatures and melts even faster the following summer. This so-called “death spiral” is probably why the Arctic has experienced its lowest summer sea... Read more >

  • New Cottonsoft PR offensive firing blanks

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 23, 2011 at 12:07

    There's been a new development in our campaign to get the rainforest out of Cottonsoft toilet paper.

    With the help of ex National Party MP Katherine Rich in her role as head of the Food and Grocery Council, Cottonsoft/Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) have launched a fresh and slightly desperate PR offensive in which they label our campaign as "green terrorism".

    Along with fresh accusations that Greenpeace is endangering the jobs of Cottonsoft employees - a claim that is refuted by the union - Cottonsoft/APP and Rich now claim to have their own test results that prove Cottonsoft doesn't use rainforest fibre - except they refuse to release them to Greenpeace.

    We stand by our test results (PDF) and conclusions 100% and have today released futher forensic test results to back that up.

    The new... Read more >

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