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  • From fridge to film - the farmers choosing a sustainable life

    Blogpost by Shuk-Wah Chung - April 11, 2016 at 10:33

    They catch the fish you eat and harvest the rice you stir-fry. But there’s something that sets these farmers apart. They’ve taken on farming methods that have influenced the way they think about food and changed their way of life.

    Hear and watch more about their stories below.

    Local fishermen choose sustainable fishing practices in Thailand

    “A Sustainable Catch” – Thailand

    Back in 2006, Jirasak Meerit, a 42 year-old fisherman from Ao Khan Kadai in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southern Thailand, saw things differently. As a small-scale fisherman he had been using the same techniques for about 30 years. So when he began to hear about more commercial fishing methods that other communities were employing he decided to switch tactics. At first, the change was good – his catch increased and he was able to sell much more than usual. But after a while he... Read more >

  • Can a new ocean treaty protect the Arctic?

    Blogpost by Sarah North and Magnus Eckeskog - April 11, 2016 at 10:25

    Two thirds of our oceans are beyond national borders and belong to all of us. But right now it’s like the wild west out there – the oceans and seabeds are at the mercy of reckless exploitation because existing ocean law focuses far more on the right to exploit, than on any duty to protect.

    A polar bear mother and her young on sea ice north of Svalbard. 8 Aug, 2013 © Larissa Beumer / Greenpeace

    The international waters around the North Pole, known as the Central Arctic Ocean, is one such area. The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average and is experiencing severe climate impacts – including the alarmingly rapid melting of sea ice. Scientists warn that the Arctic Ocean could have ice-free summers by 2030. As a result, a brand new ocean at the top of the world will be revealed in our lifetime.

    The Central Arctic Ocean may seem like a harsh and desolate place, but it is... Read more >

  • 15 things you didn't know about Chernobyl

    Blogpost by Celine Mergan - April 11, 2016 at 10:17

    In the early morning of April 26th, 1986, reactor four of the Chernobyl nuclear station exploded. It caused what the United Nations has called "the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of humanity."

    Chernobyl was the accident that the nuclear industry said would never happen.

    Twenty-five years later the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan reminded us that the risk of another Chernobyl remains wherever nuclear power is used.

    The long-lived radionuclides released by Chernobyl means the disaster continues 30 years later. It still affects the lives of millions of people. Here are 15 facts you may not know about the disaster: Read more >

    1. Exactly 30 years ago, Chernobyl's nuclear reactors, located in Ukraine, exploded. Nearly five million people still live in the areas considered contam...

  • Greenpeace is campaigning for a toxic-free future where hazardous chemicals are no longer produced, used and dumped into our environment. This includes chemicals which are persistent, toxic, bioaccumulative, carcinogenic and disruptive to human hormones.

    Wastewater in Guangdong Province  © Lu Guang / Greenpeace

    Two years ago, we began research on the global use, release and production of hazardous chemicals. This internal research was part of a wider effort to help us reassess our Detox strategy. Audience research, corporate and policy intelligence, among other things, helped us decide which industrial sectors and chemicals to focus on. We asked: where in the supply chain of sector X are hazardous chemicals used and/or released? What are the current trends for this particular group of hazardous chemicals? Can we identify key companies responsib... Read more >

  • Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

    Blogpost by Jamie Woolley - April 2, 2016 at 16:39

    Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

    Sumatran rhino Way Kambas National ParkA rhino in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia (2008)

    An excited WWF team released details of how the female rhino was safely captured in East Kalimantan (part of Indonesian Borneo) earlier this month and has now been transported to a more protected region. Over the last few years, evidence from camera traps and footprints has indicated that these rhinos still survived in Borneo's forests, but this is the first known encounter with a live animal since the early 1970s.

    The rather inaccurately-named Sumatran rhino was once found across l... Read more >

  • First faces of fortress Europe

    Blogpost by Dave Logie - April 2, 2016 at 16:36
    It’s officially spring in the Northern Hemisphere but nobody seems to have told the weather gods in Lesbos. As 50-knot gusts of wind thump the island from the south, at least they bring welcome warm air and time to put some thoughts to paper.

    MSF and Greenpeace Launch Life Saving Operations in the Aegean Sea

    It's the prevailing north wind that raises our guard as it puts the Turkish beaches in the lee and gives refugees the wrong impression of sea conditions further out on their perilous journey. It's a colder wind that brought snow and countless cases of hypothermia in the past. Beware the northerlies.

    At the end of March, Greenpeace is wrapping up its refugee rescue operation on the Greek island of Lesbos and handing over to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) who are ready to take full charge of the operation for the longer ... Read more >

  • The Tapajós River – in the heart of the Amazon  is home to thousands of people and incomparable biodiversity. But all that could change if a proposed mega-dam project moves forward.

    Greenpeace Brazil activists have joined forces with Munduruku Indigenous leaders to protest the Brazilian government's plans to build a mega dam on the Tapajós river, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in the Pará state. 18 Mar, 2016 © Fábio Nascimento / Greenpeace

    At the moment you’re reading this, the Tapajós River is flowing unimpeded through rainforest deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Its waters teem with life  including pink river dolphins! Its banks are home to hundreds of types of birds, lizards, and amphibians, as well as mammals like the jaguar, giant anteater and ocelot.

    Thousands of Munduruku Indigenous Peoples depend on this river and its thriving ecosystem for their livelihoods, as they have for centuries. But all this could change if the Brazilian government moves forward with a plan to construct a series of forty dams along the Tapajós River basin.

    Map of the Tapajos river basin


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  • A big deal for our ocean

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - March 28, 2016 at 8:40

    Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of sanctuaries that will give our oceans the protection they desperately need.

    Whale Shark in Cenderawasih Bay  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    The ocean belongs to all of us. There’s no other place on the planet that is as rich in diverse, beautiful, weird and wonderful creatures. This fragile treasure is threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction and expanding extractive activities such as oil and gas exploitation and deep-sea mining. The added pressures of climate change and increasing ocean acidification is damaging our ocean’s ability to perform its vital functions. As the first UN Oceans Assessment points out: urgent global action is needed to protect the wor... Read more >

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