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  • YouTube duo AsapSCIENCE travels with Greenpeace to Save the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Ray To - September 9, 2016 at 17:56

    Creators of popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, travelled aboard the Arctic Sunrise to learn more about Greenpeace's work in the Canadian Arctic.

    Mitch and Greg have garnered a following of over 5 million avid subscribers on their YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE with their unique, off-the-wall brand of videos which take a look at popular themes from a scientific angle, explaining phenomena, such as that blue and gold dress, in an entertaining and accessible way.

    Traveling with Greenpeace, the pair visited the small Inuit town of Clyde River, Nunavut to support the community's fight to defend their Arctic home from harmful oil exploration.

    Mitch and Greg spent five days in the community of Clyde River, visiting the town's cultural centre and meeting res... Read more >

  • Ruataniwha dam down but not out… yet

    Blogpost by Genevieve Toop - September 9, 2016 at 14:23

    The proposed Ruataniwha Dam is the poster child of Big Irrigation.  

    It stands as a symbol of the Government's agenda to prop up industrial dairying despite the fact that it’s poisoning our waterways and indebting farmers.

    Because of this we can be assured that, blinded by ideology and greed the Government and those with vested interests will stop at nothing to get the dam thing built.

    So even though the Court of Appeal has ruled that the dam company cannot kill the 22-hectare piece of forest protected by the Conservation Act that is getting in the way of their dam we cannot celebrate the demise of the dam just yet.

    When it comes to that precious piece of conservation land here is what could happen next:

    They could try, using the Public Works Act to forcibly take this forest from the h...

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  • The cat’s out of the bag! Mars puts Thai Union under pressure

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - September 7, 2016 at 14:02

    Give yourself a massive pat on the back! 

    After constant pressure from cat, tuna and ocean lovers alike, calling on global food giant Mars, and its brand Whiskas, to face up to human rights abuses in the supply chain of seafood supplier Thai Union, they’ve taken the first step: Committing to a Plan of Action to protect the workers of the seafood industry - the people who catch the fish to feed cats, who all too often suffer in the process. 


    Along with some of the world’s most famous cats, thousands of you demanded answers from Mars, and now they’ve provided us with exactly that - a step in the right direction.

    This is a big win for people power and for Mars, which sources seafood from some of the biggest fishing companies in the world. 

    In May, after you forced them to confe...

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  • 5 alarming facts about Amazon forest fires

    Blogpost by Cristiane Mazzetti - September 6, 2016 at 18:31

    The Amazon is being burned. Here’s what you need to know.

    A cloud of smoke coming from forest fires covers the forest in Lábrea, Amazonas state. In August 2016, Greenpeace flew over the Amazon to search for and register forest fires spots. 16 Aug, 2016  © Rogério Assis / Greenpeace

    Click to zoom in. Map of hotspots in the Amazon between 2015-2016 Read more >

    From July to November, it is fire season in the Amazon rainforest. But while fires can be a normal part of the life cycle in forests, most of the flames in the Amazon are far from natural – and damaging.

    Each year, people burn rainforest to clear the land for farming and pasture, as well as illegal logging. What’s worse, these practices make the forest even more vulnerable to future blazes and contribute to climate change.

    Here are five alarming facts you should know about fires in the Amazon rainforest: 

    1. In the first half of this year, 27,814 fires were detected in the Amazon. That’s the largest number ever recorded for the period and 81 percent above the historical average. Most of these fires were started by people....

  • In the last two weeks, one third of people in Havelock North have fallen ill with a gastro illness that originated in the town’s water supply.

    The source? Most likely contamination from cows, sheep or deer.

    By all accounts the last couple of weeks have been hell for the people of Havelock North. This isn’t what’s supposed to happen in a “clean, green” first world country.

    Unfortunately, the chances of it happening again are about to increase, with a series of industrial irrigation schemes planned around New Zealand.

    These schemes will mean more intensive agriculture, and therefore more water pollution. We should be cleaning up and protecting our waterways, not building giant irrigation dams that drive more agricultural intensification and compound the problem.

    This map shows where big irrigatio... Read more >

  • Ruataniwha looks dead in the dirty water

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - August 31, 2016 at 17:42

    It’s been a tough few weeks for think-big irrigation and industrial agriculture.

    As a bit of background for those not familiar with plans for even more industrial dairying around New Zealand - the Government is throwing over half a billion dollars of public money at large-scale irrigation schemes (including the Ruataniwha Dam). These schemes will enable the expansion of industrial style dairy farming, causing huge pollution in our waterways.

    But the plan’s hit several snags in recent weeks.

    In what is the worst water-borne disease outbreak in New Zealand history, over 5,000 people fell ill in Havelock North due to drinking water from their taps. The cause was likely a ruminant farm animal. 

    Last night hundreds of people turned out to a public meeting over the crisis - venting their ange...

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  • 3 big reasons why we need ocean sanctuaries now

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - August 31, 2016 at 17:19

    Last Friday, US President Obama announced the creation of the world’s largest ocean sanctuary, and today governments from all over the world are meeting at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. This is fantastic news for our blue planet. Two-thirds of the ocean sit outside national borders, called the ‘high seas’. In this area there is a lack of rules governing how it is protected, and as a result our oceans are suffering. Luckily, our governments are now about to change this situation meaning we could be on the verge of a massive step towards reviving our oceans.

    I am one of the lucky attendees at this UN meeting, along with colleagues and representatives from other NGOs and governments. Together we are fighting for ocean sanctuaries, large marine ar...

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  • Today marks the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Since 1945, more than 2000 nuclear tests have been carried out at more than 60 locations around the globe. Nuclear weapons were designed and tested to be the ultimate doomsday weapon, setting a legacy of fear and destruction. No other human invention had as much impact on the story of humanity in recent decades.

    Greenpeace demonstrates against nuclear testing at the White House in DC during the 1st Bush Presidency.Greenpeace demonstrates against nuclear testing at the White House in DC during the 1st Bush Presidency.

    Nuclear tests have shaped Greenpeace. They have been a part of our story as an organisation from the outset. They have been a part of my own story, both personally and professionally. Read more >

    I was 24 when I first witnessed, in person, the disastrous impacts of nuclear testing on people, and on the environment. It was 1985 and I...

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