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  • 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:

    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 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 >

  • IPCC report: Extreme weather is fuelled by climate change

    Blogpost by Brian Blomme - November 22, 2011 at 8:38

    Extreme weather: Flooding in Thailand

    For the first time, climate scientists have teamed up with experts in disaster risk management on a report on climate change, which found that the consequences of climate change on people around the world are going to increase.

    The inescapable conclusion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summary report, released last week in Kampala following discussions by policy makers − Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, or SREX − is that climate change is fuelling extreme weather and there will be an escalation of impacts on people and economies.

    The IPCC’s findings tell us that we need to prepare for the impacts of climate change and is a strong wake up to governments to make the world a safer place. They must address ... Read more >

  • The Video Sealord and the Global Tuna Industry Don’t Want You to See

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - November 17, 2011 at 10:33

    Today we've released shocking  footage of ocean life dying in gruesome ways at the hands of industrial tuna fishers in the Pacific Ocean. When I first saw it I was outraged by the obscene waste of ocean life shown and I think most New Zealanders will be too.

    This is the same destructive fishing method used by the fishing fleets that supply Sealord, New Zealand's biggest canned tuna brand. The widespread use of fish aggregation devices (FADs) with purse seine nets is to blame for high levels of bycatch and even threatens the very future of the fishery itself by catching large numbers of baby tuna. Local tuna brands Pams and Greenseas know this and are phasing out tuna caught this way.

    The footage was shot by a New Zealand helicopter pilot turned whistleblower, who undertook aerial reconnai... Read more >

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