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  • How does plastic end up in the ocean?

    Blogpost by Louisa Casson - August 23, 2017 at 12:43

    We know our oceans and coastlines are choking on plastic. We’ve all seen plastic bottles, food wrappers and plastic bags polluting beaches, and been horrified by the stories of marine creatures like seabirds and whales starving when their stomachs become packed full of plastic.  

    Scientists have shown that up to 12 million tonnes of plastic is entering our oceans every year – that’s a rubbish truck full every minute. Single-use plastic packaging for food and drink is a particularly common part of the problem.

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    But how does plastic actually get into our oceans?

    While about a fifth of marine litter is made up of fishing gear and other materials lost at sea by accident, industrial losses, or illegal dumping, we know that roughly 80% of litter in the seas comes from land.

    Our rubbish

    The ...

  • Cabbages and Kings.

    Blogpost by pvine - August 22, 2017 at 15:24

    Frogs will rain from the sky, a blight will cross the land, and white walkers will travel south of the wall. All this will come to pass. Oh and cabbages might cost more.

    That’s the tenor of the response of Irrigation New Zealand to Labour’s water royalty plan.

    It paints the picture of an organisation so deeply under siege that it’s willing to predict almost anything to maintain its social licence to irrigate, and by extension, enable further pollution of our rivers.

    In response to Jacinda Ardern’s policy announcement, Andrew Curtis, CEO and King of the Irrigators opened up his doomsday book at a random page and started raining down weapons-grade Nostradamus on the unsuspecting population

    Let’s see, poor people, obese people, the unhealthy, average kiwis, families building a house, and...

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  • With love from the Arctic

    Blogpost by Lizzie Sullivan - August 18, 2017 at 12:36

    Greenpeace kayakers have stopped an oil rig drilling in the Norwegian Arctic. I know, because I’m there right now.

    My name is Lizzie. I’m a web developer from New Zealand, and I’m here on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise with people from all over the world to take action against new arctic oil drilling.

    Lizzie Lizzie Sullivan

    We stopped them drilling for several hours by kayaking into the oil rig’s exclusion zone and attaching a large floating globe to the rig’s anchor chain. The globe carried messages from people all over the world to the Norwegian Government demanding an end to the drilling.

    As a result, Norwegian authorities have arrested our whole ship, including all 35 activists and crew, and we're currently being towed back to Tromso on the mainland.

     

    The Norwegian Governm... Read more >

  • The world is on fire

    Blogpost by Konstantin Fomin - August 14, 2017 at 17:48

    A huge wildfire is raging in Greenland. 150 km from the Arctic Circle and just 50 km away from Greenland's ice sheet, large swathes of tundra have been burning for over a week.

    Nobody has seen anything like this in recent times.

    Sentinel-2 imagery from 3 August,  Anton Beneslavskiy

    Satellite imagery of Greenland, 50 km from the ice sheet, 3rd August 2017

    In the last few years, catastrophic fires have been increasing around the world. From Indonesia to Canada, South America to Africa, Southern Europe into Siberia, and now Greenland too. Many are fatal.

    As you read this, over 1.6 million hectares of Russia are on fire. Forest fires of this scale are unmanageable and blazes like these have become the new normal in Russia.

    Forest Fires in Siberia, 2014Forest fires blazing in Siberia, 2016

    Why do they keep getting worse? 

    Lack of forest management, insufficient funds fo...

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  • In May this year, two brothers, Vázquez and Agustín Torres, were murdered near Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. They were Wixárika (Huichol) leaders, working to preserve their land from incursion by cattle ranchers and drug cartels. This tragedy of greed and corruption serves as an alarm bell for activists attempting to preserve our natural world.  

    Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (Photo by Nelson Denman) Murdered Wixárika leader, Miguel Vázquez Torres (photo by Nelson Denman) 

    The worldwide crisis on Indigenous land is as urgent as climate change or biodiversity loss. Approximately 400 million Indigenous peoples, with 5,000 distinct cultures, represent most of the world’s cultural diversity. Their land is threatened by mining and logging companies, ranchers and farmers, oil exploration, and now by the drug cartels too. Read more >

    In spite of the 2007...

  • It took two years of relentless campaigning and nearly 700,000 concerned people from around the world, but today we are sharing the good news that together we convinced the world’s largest tuna company to clean up its act!

    Tuna giant Thai Union, which owns brands such as John West, Chicken of the Sea, Petit Navire, Mareblu, and Sealect, has committed to a series of changes to its business that will help to protect seafood workers, reduce destructive fishing practices, and increase support for more sustainable fishing. This marks a major shift for the corporation, and sends a signal to the entire fishing industry to do better for the oceans and seafood industry workers

    How did this happen?

    As the world’s biggest tuna producer, one in five cans of tuna sold globally are canned by Thai Unio... Read more >

  • Today at the UN Headquarters in New York, a global treaty banning nuclear weapons has been adopted. 

    This is an historic moment: according to the treaty, to possess and develop nuclear weapons is now illegal under international law.

    ctivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary in Japan, 2005. © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-HibbertActivists release peace doves during the Hiroshima atomic bombing 60th anniversary. (2005)

    The treaty will be open for signature by states on September 20th.

    Over the last three weeks, 140 countries have engaged in final negotiations of the new treaty.  The nine states with nuclear weapons (US, Russia, China, France, UK, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) have been boycotting the meeting in an attempt to rob the process of its legitimacy. NATO members have also stayed outside of the negotiations, and on the wrong side of history. Their absence is sadly...

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  • BP’s next disaster? Not on Spongebob’s watch!

    Blogpost by Mal Chadwick - July 4, 2017 at 12:55

    BP are at it again. 

    The company that devastated the Gulf of Mexico with its Deepwater Horizon disaster wants to drill for oil near the pristine Amazon Reef. What could possibly go wrong?  🤔

    Home to pink corals, sunset-coloured fish and over 60 species of sea sponge, the Reef has been described as an ‘underwater rainforest’ near the mouth of the Amazon River - and we’re only just discovering how special it is.

    But if BP’s extreme drilling causes a spill, it could spell disaster for the Reef and the wider area. We can’t let this happen.

    So starting today, we’re turning up the pressure on BP - working together to defend the Reef from risky, spill-prone oil drilling.

    And now we’ve got some help from an unlikely source. The Amazon Reef has a new champion - a celebrity advocate who’ll stan...

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