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  • The ninth extinction

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - August 13, 2015 at 17:30

    Earth's living community is now suffering the most severe biodiversity crisis in 65 million years, since a meteorite struck near modern Chicxulub, Mexico, injecting dust and sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, and devastating 76% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

    Ecologists now ask whether or not Earth has entered another "major" extinction event, if extinctions are as important as general diversity collapse, and which emergency actions we might take to reverse the disturbing trends.

    Underwater Life in Dry Tortugas National Park. 16 Aug, 2010 © Todd Warshaw / Greenpeace

    In 1972, at the first UN environmental conference in Stockholm, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, linked the collapse of "organic diversity" to human population and industrial growth. In 1981, he published Extinction, explaining the causes and consequences of the biodiversity crisis and providin...

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  • Kiribati, is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean where the rising ocean is slowly encroaching on their community.

    Out in the central Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator and the International Date Line, lies an island group in Micronesia called Kiribati (pronounced 'Kiri-bas'). It’s not “famous” like Hawaii, Bali or Tahiti but its scenery is just as, or even more magnificent. Its’ flag – a bird flying over the sun as it sets on the ocean horizon – is testament to its peace, beauty and tranquility: stunning lagoons, white sandy beaches and a thriving traditional culture.

    But unfortunately, due to climate change, this entire island nation with a population of over 100,000 could disappear. After spending a few short days here I’ve been both inspired by the spirit of the people and concerned with the enormity of the problems they are facing. 

    The people of the low-lying islands of Kiribati, while bein... Read more >

  • As Key drops the ball, communities fall

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - August 12, 2015 at 10:43

    UPDATE: Coal mining company Solid Energy has been put into 'voluntary administration' as the global coal industry collapses under the demand to reduce pollution. The Government's failure to plan for a fossil fuel free future will ultimately lead to more jobs losses affecting Kiwi families up and down New Zealand. Our full response.

    Last week, Genesis, the company that runs Huntly Power Station, announced it was shutting down its smoke-belching, coal-fired boilers as competition from cheaper power like wind and solar is making it too expensive to run.

    This is good news for our health and the future of our children, and an important step towards taking the pollution out of our economy.

    But while we herald this as a victory for common sense and necessary to safeguard our planet, we must not for... Read more >

  • Chuggers or Everyday Heroes?

    Blogpost by Laura Hazle - August 10, 2015 at 16:10

    ‘Hello, I’m with Greenpeace, how are you today?’

    You've probably all heard those words, or something similar, said to you on the streets or over the phone, by one of our guys asking for your support. Some call them chuggers, rather unkindly. We call them outreach campaigners.

    It's a difficult job that takes courage. It's also a hugely important job. Without these guys, we couldn't do what we do.

    Greenpeace is completely independent - politically and financially. And we’re proud of that. It enables us to campaign on areas that are of the most concern, and in ways that will be the most effective.

    To stay absolutely independent, we don’t ask for or accept any money from companies or governments. In fact, if we get sent a donation on a company cheque, we’ll return it.

    We only take money fr... Read more >

  • Desperately Seeking: South Pacific Albacore tuna

    Blogpost by Dr Cat Dorey - August 7, 2015 at 21:29

    There's a tendency, outside my science world at least, to talk about 'tuna' as if it was one species of fish. In fact tuna is a generic name for a whole bunch of tuna and mackerel species.

    As well as the main commercial species of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, albacore, and three species of bluefin, there are other related species like longtail tuna, bonito and Spanish mackerel. In fact, skipjack isn't even a true tuna, it's a kind of mackerel!

    The different species have different growth and reproduction rates, abundance levels, and habitats. They are fished by different fleets using different methods and have different market values, which makes managing tuna fisheries, and writing about them, a complicated matter. Some tuna companies take advantage of this complication to mask unethical ... Read more >

  • Japan's nuclear history and the power of peace

    Blogpost by Junichi Sato - August 7, 2015 at 11:07

    The fight against nuclear is steeped in Greenpeace history. On the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings we're reminded of the consequences of nuclear energy and the people's movement to campaign for nuclear disarmament to create a safer and sustainable future for the people of Japan and the world.

    Peace Doves - Hiroshima Atomic Bombing 60th Anniversary, Japan. 5 Aug, 2005 © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertGreenpeace volunteer at the 60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing in Japan, 2005.

    Seventy years ago, the world's first atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, creating a "mushroom cloud" and killing more than 450,000 people. The horror of these bombings has been an eternal memory for survivors, imprinted on the consciousness of people around the world, and a reminder of holding the further use of nuclear weapons in warfare at bay.

    No War Demonstration in Japan. 8 Mar, 2003 © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertA girl with...

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  • Goodbye coal

    Good news. Huntly power station, the remnant of a polluting, coal based power system in New Zealand will be shutting down its choking smoke stacks in favour of clean energy sources like solar and wind.

    Genesis, the company that runs the dinosaur plant, has made this move because it’s now cheaper and better for our health to ditch dirty coal and harness the power of New Zealand’s massive clean energy resources.

    It is a good - albeit long overdue - business decision that marks the end of large scale coal use to power our homes and comes on the back of a global collapse in the coal industry, where bankruptcies and cancelled projects are filling the business media pages.

    It is also a decision that will leave John Key’s pollution obsessed government with soot on their face.

    In his term as Prime Mi... Read more >

  • Oil is Fueling Greek Debt Banner in Rhodes. 26 Jul, 2015 © Konstantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

    Greece is facing a depression on a scale arguably comparable to the US Great Depression of the late 1920s. Huge unemployment rates and a dramatic drop in family incomes of over 40 percent have Greek citizens pondering what the impacts will be of the new bail-out agreement. Unending austerity and lack of hope are all it seems the future has to offer.

    But there is a way to start changing things for the better. With energy poverty emerging as one of the most dramatic symptoms of the recession – six out of every 10 households are struggling to pay their energy bills – it is high time that Greece seized upon its greatest and still largely unexploited asset: the Sun.

    The new 'Solarize Greece' campaign by Greenpeace Greece aims to bring together all those who dream of a brighter and more susta... Read more >

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