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  • Why Shell’s spill response plan is a dog's breakfast

    Blogpost by Ben - February 23, 2012 at 17:46

    While we’re Tweeting from the rooftop at London's National Gallery (the banner is now down and Paula Bear is having a wander), we thought you might like to find out a bit more about Shell’s spill response plan – the document which apparently explains what the company will do to block a ruptured well and save this unique Arctic region from catastrophe. 

    This tome was recently given the all clear by US authorities, much to Shell’s delight, but even a quick scan shows that its plans are entirely unable to respond to an accident in the High North.

    The spill plan is full of self-styled “solutions” that have never been properly tested in extreme Arctic conditions. These include a capping and containment system that hasn’t even been built, deflection barriers that won’t work properly... Read more >

  • Tweeting from the rooftops: @Shell, keep out of the Arctic

    Blogpost by Bex - February 23, 2012 at 10:40


    Tweeting from the rooftops: Shell, keep out of the Arctic

    Posted by bex - 21 February 2012 at 4:00pm - 31 Comments

    It’s official. On Friday, Shell got a step closer to drilling for oil in our planet’s last wild ocean - the Arctic. 

    The company’s oil spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea off Alaska was given the all clear by US authorities, even though it’s a work of almost complete fantasy.

    While Shell prepares to start trashing this stunning wilderness, putting it at risk of catastrophic oil spills and more melting as a result of more climate change, its PR people are getting busy. This evening, they’ve invited influential guests to an event at the National Gallery in London, in the hope that those guests will lend the Shell brand a veneer of respe... Read more >

  • What makes Greenpeace tick?

    Blogpost by nick - February 20, 2012 at 11:58

    One of our volunteers has put together this video in which Greenpeace staff talk about the values that drive our work, and why our supporters are so important to us.

    We thought we'd share it with you, and thank you for making our work possible!

      Read more >

  • Silence and contamination, legacies of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon - February 20, 2012 at 11:15

    Nearly a year after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, it’s time to take a look at its legacy and take an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the people who continue to suffer the impacts. We’re calling for a nuclear free, renewable future and asking you to join us in sending messages of support and hope to Japan.

    The silence and contamination left behind by the Fukushima disaster  have been captured in the online photographic exhibit Shadowlands by photographer Robert Knoth. Robert’s haunting photographs of empty villages, deserted schoolyards, and abandoned farmlands not only act as a chilling reminder to us of the costs of nuclear energy, but an impetus to continue demanding a future free from nuclear risk. We also bring the stories of several people whose lives have been se... Read more >

  • Shark-finning fines add to spotlight on Taiwan's ocean destruction

    Blogpost by Lagi Toribau - February 20, 2012 at 9:06

    Late last year, while I was onboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, we discovered a Taiwanese ship, the Sheng Chi Hui Number 7, catching and finning sharks in Palauan waters. This is a sad, destructive and unfortunately widespread practice in the Pacific Ocean: sharks are caught, their fins cut off and the bodies thrown back into the ocean, left to die. Millions of sharks are caught for their fins every year in this way for making shark fin soup, an expensive delicacy served mostly in Asian nations.

    For over ten years, I have been working in the Pacific region to unify the Pacific island governments to protect our oceans- a key source of food and jobs for our communities. We’ve made a lot of progress in bringing Pacific communities together in recent years, convincing governments to... Read more >

  • Brewing climate friendly tea in the garden

    Blogpost by Iza Kruszewska - February 17, 2012 at 9:12

    Sustinable agriculture

    Recently, when I was attending my local community seed swop in rural Lewes in East Sussex, in England, I came across an allegedly environmentally friendly version of charcoal called biochar, which the industry mouthpieces are promoting as an alleged way of keeping carbon in the soil reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time improving soil fertility and thus the productivity of crops. Really?

    It is fairly well known that you can use charcoal to heat your house or to cook your food. Biochar, however, is a type of coal that is created when you burn biomass and the biochar industry is promoting biochar as an alleged way of keeping carbon in the soil and thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the soil, while at the same time improving soil fertility and thus the ... Read more >

  • Yet more proof that Asia Pulp and Paper's green claims don’t stack up

    Blogpost by jamie - February 17, 2012 at 8:30

    Deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia by Sinar Mas supplier PT Arara Abadi

    Another blow has been delivered to the credibility of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) - the parent company of NZ brand Cottonsoft - thanks to some excellent work by WWF. In a survey of the certification bodies that APP regularly references to prop up its flimsy claims of sustainability, none of them would support APP's assertions about its environmental performance.

    In December, WWF and Indonesian organisation Eyes of the Forest released a report showing that APP's suppliers were cutting down trees in APP's own tiger sanctuary in Sumatra – a lack of joined-up thinking doesn't even begin to cover that particular mess. It also stated that APP has no "independent, credible, third-party certification to demonstrate their sustainability".

    APP didn't like this and responded with a press release (... Read more >

  • Protecting oceans: It's not rocket science

    Blogpost by Sofia Tsenikli - February 16, 2012 at 9:30

    Starfish in the Mediterranean Sea

    It’s not rocket science -  closing areas of land and water to humans allows nature to recover and restore its fragile balance. The idea has been successfully tried and tested many times on land but it has taken years of destruction before the message has hit home for the oceans.

    Ten years ago in Johannesburg, global leaders committed for the first time to establish by 2012 networks of marine protected areas to protect oceans from human impacts. The 2012 target has been reiterated over and over in global and regional environmental political meetings. In 2007 Mediterranean governments agreed to set aside by 2012 marine protected areas including seas areas of international waters to save marine life, and in 2009 they agreed to a plan to make it happen.

    It’s now February 2012. I am... Read more >

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