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  • Survivors of nuclear warfare in Japan are calling for an end to nuclear weapons

    Blogpost by Tamara Stark - August 6, 2016 at 12:01

    This week marks 71 years since atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and devastated the populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Often we do not mark a 71st anniversary - unlike a 25th or 50th anniversary, a 71st is simply one more year among many. To many however, 2016 doesn’t feel like just any year. It’s been a year of conflicts, of political turmoil and instability in many countries, of violent and indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations.

    Peace doves fly on the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing in 2005. The message of peace reads: "No More Hiroshima" Peace doves fly on the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima Atomic Bombing in 2005. The message of peace reads: "No More Hiroshima"  Read more >

    The media depicts a world that is unpredictable and at times frightening, and it feels appropriate to take time to listen to the voices of people who - more than most - have lived through the aftermath of ...

  • VICTORY! Mega-dam in the heart of Amazon cancelled!

    Blogpost by Danicley Aguiar - August 5, 2016 at 9:43

    On Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: The Brazilian environmental agency – IBAMA – announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) mega-dam in the heart of the Amazon.

    Once my heart rate returned to normal, I started to call my colleagues and Munduruku leaders, seeking confirmation.

    Today, it’s official: IBAMA has cancelled the SLT mega-dam. It’s time to celebrate this incredible news! I'd like to thank all of you who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous People and helped make this victory possible.

    Over these last months we truly believed that sooner or later IBAMA would need to recognise the meg-adam project's significant environmental and social impacts in the region. Now, with IBAMA's decision...

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  • Plastic pollution: Five easy tips to reduce how much plastic you use

    Blogpost by Lena Hoeck - August 1, 2016 at 8:06

    Plastic is ubiquitous. It’s in our clothing, our shoes, our phone, our furniture. We store food in it, we eat and drink from it, we sit on it, we brush our teeth with it. It comes in all colours, shapes and sizes. The reason plastic is ever-present? It’s cheap, it’s convenient, and it lastsBut plastic comes at a cost: plastic pollution.

    On average, a plastic bag is used for 12 minutes before it’s thrown away, but it takes anywhere between 400 to 1,000 years to degrade. That’s plenty of time to wreak havoc on our marine life – 30% of the world’s turtles and 90% of seabird species have now ingested plastic debris.


    Plastic-free July highlighted problems associated with single-use plastic, and challenges us to avoid plastic for a day, a week, or even a whole month. Unsurprisingly, going... Read more >

  • #WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders

    Blogpost by Khalimat Tekeeva - July 29, 2016 at 15:37

    The vast, lush, green of Siberia’s forests is black and smoldering.

    The fires rage on, already scorching an area the size of Belgium, Luxemburg and The Netherlands combined - seven million hectares. I can see the haze 4500km away in Moscow. You can see the smoke from space. It seems unimaginable and unmanageable, but there is something you can do about it.

    Wildfires in Irkutskaya region, July, 2016. Photo: © Greenpeace/Max Grigoryev

    The smoke from these wildfires covers 12 regions in Siberia; from the banks of the great Volga river and reaching far to the West. It isn’t dangerous for Moscovities yet – but millions of people are suffering from toxic smoke in Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Kazan and other Russian cities.

    These fires are destroying one of the largest forested regions in the world – the Russian Boreal. The forests here are one of the most 'biologically ou...

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  • A decade ago, the expansion of soybeans posed an enormous risk to the Amazon rainforest. Today, this commitment proves zero deforestation is possible.

    Soya beans in the hands of a Greenpeace Amazon Campaigner, in a soya plantation.28 Jul, 2005  © Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

    When civil society, private enterprise and governments come together to develop environmental solutions, the results can be remarkable. Practical proof of this is the Soy Moratorium, which was adopted ten years ago this week in Brazil. 

    This industry agreement is the result of one of Greenpeace's most successful campaigns in Brazil and marked a turning point in the protection of the Amazon – showing that an end to deforestation is not only possible, but also extremely beneficial to the market.

    Before 2006, soy was replacing Amazon rainforest at an astonishing speed. 

    Ten years ago, the rapid expansion of the soybean crop in the Amazon... Read more >

  • Vaquita success! New protections could save this endangered porpoise

    Blogpost by Phil Kline - July 28, 2016 at 16:54

    With only 60 animals remaining, the vaquita porpoise is on the brink of extinction. That's why 150,000 Greenpeace supporters have stood up to save this shy, beautiful animal. And the Mexican government just announced new protections for the vaquita. But will it be enough?

    With only 60 remaining, the elusive vaquita is the most endangered porpoise in the world. 19 October 2008 © NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.With only 60 remaining, the elusive vaquita is the most endangered porpoise in the world. © NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.

    The Mexican government has just announced new vaquita protections in the upper Gulf of California, the only place in the world where the vaquita lives.

    More than 150,000 Greenpeace supporters have demanded greater protections for the vaquita, the world’s most endangered porpoise. And I want to thank all of you vaquita lovers for your help in pushing the government of Mexico to make this happen.

    Only two w... Read more >

  • There’s no question about it -  drought is causing serious problems for our farmers and communities.

    So what do we do about it? Dams and irrigation are often touted as the best way to deal with increasing dry spells, especially in regions with low rainfall.  But what’s actually happening is water captured for irrigation in New Zealand  isn’t just being used to help tide farms over during droughts. It’s being used to intensify farming.

    So what happens if droughts keep getting worse, and the irrigated water that allowed farms to intensify is no longer there?  We only need look to Opuha dam in Canterbury to see how this critical problem plays out.

    The Opuha dam was built in 1998 with the promise of helping farmers through the tough droughts that had been hitting Canterbury. In the summer of 2... Read more >

  • The day they blew up heaven

    Blogpost by Ruby Powell - July 25, 2016 at 14:26

    The history of hydrodams in the Amazon is riddled with corruption, human rights abuse and destruction.

    One hydrodam was built on the site the Munduruku believe their good spirits go when they die - their heaven. Seven waterfalls on the Teles Pires River were blown up and replaced by a hydrodam that was then given the same name.

    As you can imagine, the destruction of a sacred site in order to construct a hydrodam is devastating for the Munduruku, just like it would be for many of us if Cape Reinga was destroyed.

    Munduruku in the Forest near Lake Leonardo in the Amazon

    This type of careless disregard for indigenous groups is also clear when we look at the effects of the Belo Monte hydrodam on the Xingu River, a dam of similar size that’s close to the SLT hyrdodam planned for the Tapajós River.

    As a result of the Belo Monte dam, tens of thousa... Read more >

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