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  • Published: Cairn's oil spill response plan!

    Blogpost by Bex - Greenpeace UK - August 16, 2011 at 9:55

    In the event of an oil spill, turn immediately to page 13

    You know that oil spill response plan that Cairn has been refusing to publish? The one that tens of thousands of you asked to see? The one we went to the Arctic and to Cairn's Edinburgh HQ to look for? The one they were so worried we'd found, they slapped a legal interdict on us to prevent us from publishing it?

    Well, it's been published. Not by Cairn - who have never wanted to release the plan - but by the government of Greenland which says it has "decided to publish the oil spill contingency plan in Greenland after having heard the wish of the public for such publication". That's your emails, that is. Thank you.

    The response plan is here (it's tricky to download so we've put it here too ) - feel free to scrutinise it and let us know what you think in the comments. Our team in the UK... Read more >

  • The Detox campaign is in full-flow - but we still need your help!

    Blogpost by Josh - August 12, 2011 at 13:02

    We’re confident Adidas or Nike will commit to leading a Detox revolution in the clothing industry, but it takes time. In the meantime, why not start your own fashion revolution in your wardrobe? Check out our guide to help you make fashion choices that are good for you and the environment.

    The Detox campaign kicked off when our mysterious XM3N mannequins finally revealed their mission to clean up China’s rivers. Their message was spread by our video – watched and shared by 100s of 1000s of Greenpeace supporters and sports lovers all over the world.

    Then people really started to get involved and the game was well and truly on.

    Actions from Argentina to the Netherlands and Spain – including a world wide striptease – made sure the world’s biggest brands couldn’t ignore the challenge

    Fu... Read more >

  • Create a revolution in your wardrobe - part two

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 11, 2011 at 10:15

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    In the second half of our tips on greening your wardrobe - to help you clean up your clothing inspired by our Detox campaign - we look at saying no to child labour, questioning distressed denim, avoiding greenwash, spring cleaning, speaking out and spreading the word.

    Read part one >>

    8) Say no to child labour and sweatshops and yes to fair prices

    Fairtrade products are booming. In addition to coffee, tea, bananas and chocolate, there are now Fairtrade clothes. Fairtrade helps mainly the people who produce the goods. In poorer countries fair trade'guarantees decent working conditions, such as no use of child labour, and payment of a living wage.

    For example, rather than sell their harvest at dumping prices on the world market, cotton farmers get 36 cents per kilo of cotton and 41 c... Read more >

  • Would the real tuna please stand up

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - August 10, 2011 at 17:11

    When is a tuna not a tuna? Unfortunately too often in the Pacific where widely-used industrial tuna fishing methods catch far more species than just tuna.

    Out on the water everything becomes tuna. That is until it’s been hauled on board tuna boats using large purse seine nets set around fish aggregation devices (FADs). However, by that time it’s usually too late and anything which is not tuna, collectively known as bycatch, is thrown back into the sea, often injured, dead or dying.

    According to statistics circulated by Sealord, bycatch of other species is five to 10 times higher when purse seiners use FADs. This wasteful method also has serious impact on tuna stocks, as juvenile and undersized tunas make up 15-20 per cent of the catch.

    New Zealand brands of canned tuna don’t catch their... Read more >

  • Contaminated seafood and government cover-up at Fukushima

    Blogpost by Justin Keating - August 10, 2011 at 9:53

    Our team of radiation experts has found high levels of radiation in seafood caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Japan. This, along with the news that the Japanese government covered up the true extent of radiation releases from Fukushima and so put people in danger, shows it is long past time that urgent, transparent action was taken by officials.

    At a press conference in Japan earlier today (video here and here), we explained how our radiation experts had visited ports in Iwaki prefecture between 22nd and 24th of July and conducted sampling of seafood with the help from local fishermen. The French laboratories ACRO and CRIIRAD analysed the radioactive contamination and detected high levels of radioactivity in a number of samples. This means that the contamination of the... Read more >

  • Risky business in the far north

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - August 9, 2011 at 14:51

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    Today Cairn Energy published the latest operational update for its risky oil drilling off Greenland and the news, at least for the wildcat oil company, was far from good.

    For the second year in succession Cairn has announced it has found no oil in the Arctic.

    The company has been forced to plug and abandon its well in the deep water Lady Franklin block in the Davis Strait, a major setback for Cairn and the rest of the oil industry who see the melting ice caps as business opportunity.

    It has also temporarily abandoned the well at the Atammik site to move operations further north to open up two new drill sites. whilst still refusing to make its near-mythical oil spill response plan public.

    Its share price has taken a hammering, falling nearly 4% today and 13% in the last month. So... Read more >

  • Remembering Hiroshima, in Fukushima

    Blogpost by Sakyo Noda - August 9, 2011 at 14:48

    Usually, there are not many things on my plate on August 6th, other than spending a really hot summer’s day remembering the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Wherever I am, it's natural to send condolences to the victims and pray for peace and a world without nuclear weapons.

    But on the morning of this August 6th, I rushed to a kindergarten in Fukushima City, where continuing, and much needed sampling work by a team of Greenpeace radiation specialists would be carried out.

    We had visited the same kindergarten in June and at that time, heavy machinery was removing topsoil to reduce the radiation level in the playground. Since then, both the school and the parents have been monitoring radiation levels not only in the playground, but also indoors and the surrounds of the school, ... Read more >

  • Greenpeace film competition: turning the cameras on VW

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - August 9, 2011 at 9:46

    Our international film competition launches on 17 September 2011

    Volkswagen says it wants to be the most eco-friendly car manufacturer in the world. But it’s spending millions trying to stop laws to make cars more efficient and cut climate change emissions.

    On September 17, Greenpeace is launching an international film competition. We need your help to expose the real VW – the one behind the billboards.

    Help us turn the cameras on Volkswagen.

    You’ll have two weeks from the launch date to make a one minute film on the competition brief. That brief is secret for now, but we promise you it’s going to make you want to fuse your creativity with your conscience.

    The best films will be screened at a special event at the Curzon Soho in London (and you’ll be invited along). They’ll be seen by thousands of people around the world and be a key part of our cl... Read more >

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