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  • Add your voice to the call for a genuinely historic sanctuary

    Blogpost by Nathaniel Pelle - December 7, 2011 at 11:26

    Right now the Australian government is deciding the fate of Australia's Coral Sea. The countdown is on to protect nearly one million square kilometres of unique coral reefs, atolls and underwater canyons flanking the world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

    Just a few weeks back I sailed out of Port Moresby aboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, through the Coral Sea and then north into the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. These are the very same waters my Grandfather patrolled as a youth in the Australian Navy during the historic Battle of the Coral Sea in the latter half of World War II.

    Great Barrier Reef

    I remember fondly his striking stories that described swimming alongside warships among remarkable abundances of marine life.  His memories recalled sailors at play with swarms of dol... Read more >

  • Security breaches, radiation leaks, disasters; Nothing worries the nuclear industry

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - December 7, 2011 at 11:21

    One of the many odd qualities of the nuclear industry is its seemingly boundless optimism: “everything’s going to be just fine, folks.”

    Apparently, there’s no need to worry about terrorists attacking nuclear reactors. Which is why Greenpeace activists could peacefully walk into two French nuclear power plants  - Nogent-sur-Seine and Cruas - this morning without being challenged by any security measures whatsoever should be absolutely no cause for alarm, according to the authorities. The two activists who entered the Cruas plant were able to avoid detection for 14 hours. Our team that entered the Nogent-sur-Seine power plant, just 95 kilometres from Paris, were even able to scale the dome of one of the reactors and paint a pretty picture on it.

    EDF, the operator of these plants, h... Read more >

  • The Dirty Dozen

    Blogpost by Caroline Chisholm - December 6, 2011 at 10:15

    After demanding that governments listen to the people and not the polluters at the entrance to Durban Protea Hotel, our Kumi and co-head of the Climate campaign, Tzeporah Berman entered the WBCSD conference to meet and greet with the barons of industry including the Dirty Dozen. Seated three rows back at the start of the conference they were welcomed by the CEO, who said it was nice to have them “inside participating rather than outside protesting” never one to miss a trick, Kumi flashed the audience a peace sign declaring “both are necessary” earning a smile and a thumbs up from Christina Figueres.

    Tired of the co-opted politics of the first week of climate negotiations at COP 17, activists converged on the Global Business Day conference to name and shame The Dirty Do... Read more >

  • Bullsh*t Bingo

    Blogpost by Mike Townsley - December 5, 2011 at 15:00

    If you've just read our political update, you probably need something to cheer you up. Have a look at the cartoon we whipped up in light of the US's blatant blocking and bullying in the first week of the UN climate talks. It has become clear that nothing can be accomplished in the UN talks in  Durban unless the US stands aside. It is time for those willing to save lives, economies and habitats to move on and agree climate protection plans. Anything else would be bullsh*t!

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  • Happy December 5: International Volunteers day!

    Blogpost by Anna K - December 5, 2011 at 12:13

    Hi everyone! I'm Anna K and I work at Greenpeace's international headquarters in Amsterdam.

    Happy International Volunteers Day!

    I want to take this opportunity to say a huge "THANK YOU!" to every single one of Greenpeace's 14,637 volunteers around the world, for their incredible contribution to making the world a more green and peaceful place.

    In addition to the donations from our financial supporters, and the vocal support from millions of our cyberactivists, Greenpeace simply could not operate without our volunteers who donate so much of their time and energy to Greenpeace every month. Read more >

    "I really like to be active for a great and strong organisation as Greenpeace is. This way I can not only influence my direct surrounding, but can move environmental issues on an internation...
  • COP17 - Week one round up

    Blogpost by Jess Miller - December 4, 2011 at 12:21

    For a week now government negotiators working on the plan for ‘Long Term Co-operative Action’ on climate change have been scattered across a conference  center in Durban, South Africa negotiating over the wide range of issues not covered by the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. This includes two questions central to the success of these talks. The first is how to fund renewable energy and forest protection measures in developing countries, and how to support people living in those countries to adapt to climate change. The second is the question of whether or not countries will agree to sign a new comprehensive legally binding treaty by 2015.

    This morning all of the different viewpoints of the countries here were brought together in a single document – the draft text that will now b... Read more >

  • The carbon footprint of New Zealand milk could be much larger than Fonterra claims.

    A new report released today reveals that Fonterra’s continued use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) as a supplementary feed on dairy farms could have produced up to 8.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire annual greenhouse gas emissions.

    Titled ‘The carbon cost of palm kernel expeller from Malaysia and Indonesia’ this is the first fully transparent report produced on the carbon footprint created by PKE. Last year, a record breaking 1.4 million tonnes of palm product, which is currently unsustainably produced, was imported in to New Zealand to feed Fonterra’s industrial dairying operation.

    The huge carbon footprint of palm kernel...

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  • Telling the oil companies the truth

    Blogpost by Jon Burgwald - December 2, 2011 at 11:11

    Protest against Arctic oil drilling, Copenhagen

    Today, the Greenland Bureau of Mineral and Petroleum invited the world’s biggest oil companies to a meeting that can have extreme importance for the future of the Arctic. Greenland wants to open up an untouched area of the North-East Greenland waters; oil companies such as Shell, BP and Statoil have thrown all caution over board and are ready to drill. But today we decided to tell the oil companies the truth - and they were surprisingly willing to listen.

    When the oil industry people arrived to the site of the meeting, Greenpeace activists greeted them with a red carpet drenched in oil, hand-banners, and a huge floating banner that read“Protect the Arctic: No License to Drill”. This should be enough to remind them that they cannot ruin the pristine Arctic without resistance. Historical... Read more >

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