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  • Panama Papers: The plot thickens

    Blogpost by Nick Young - May 10, 2016 at 13:23

    Back in April, the Panama Papers rocked the world, exposing just how the global elite use offshore trusts in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Bahamas to hide their wealth and dodgy deals. Thanks to an anonymous whistleblower who leaked a huge amount of data from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, we now have confirmation of the full extent of global tax avoidance.

    UPDATE:  Prime Minister John Key has made a desperate attempt to shift focus away from the real issues in the Panama Papers by repeating some long discredited allegations connected to charities seemingly appearing in a search of the 2013 ‘offshore leaks’ dump (not the Panama Papers). The Prime Minister is wrong. The search shows an entity mischieviously named “Greenpeace International” as a benefici... Read more >

  • A view of the district of Bento Rodrigues in Mariana, Minas Gerais state one month after the Samarco mining dam collapse. 6 Dec, 2015  © Todd Southgate / Greenpeace Read more >

    Six months have passed since one of the worst environmental tragedies in Brazil’s history: the Samarco dam collapse. On 5 November, 2015, Samarco’s mining waste dam gave way, releasing a torrent of contaminated mud that killed 19 people and left a 600 km trail of destruction as mining waste flowed down the Doce River to the Atlantic Ocean. Families, animals, houses, entire cities and the Doce River were devastated.

    Today, Greenpeace Brazil joins #UmMinutoDeSirene, a symbolic protest on the fifth day of each month in Mariana, the town where the mining dam collapsed. Protesters sound an alarm siren – one that never rang on the day of the accident to alert the local population – so that no one forgets what took place there. Samarco – a joint venture between Brazilian mining company Vale and...

  • 5 helpful vegetarian diet tips for meat-free newbies

    Blogpost by Rashini Suriyaarachchi - May 8, 2016 at 21:12

    Cutting back on red meat and dairy can be one of the biggest steps to reduce your carbon footprint. While Greenpeace campaign for renewable energy and a transition from fossil fuels, we're also looking at other ways we can protect ourselves and the environment. Right now we're campaigning against the big Government-funded irrigation schemes that drive the industrial dairy model. Big irrigation means more cows on the land, which means more pollution of rivers and aquifers, and more greenhouse gas emissions.

    Ecological produce at Raspail Market in central Paris.Ecological produce at Raspail Market in central Paris.

    Just like a fossil fuel transport system, the meat industry has an impact on the environment. When we eat red meat every day, it has an effect on our water use and carbon footprints.

    According to the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory ... Read more >

  • Ecological bankruptcy

    Blogpost by Rex Weyler - May 6, 2016 at 7:55

    There may not be a single large-scale industry or multi-national corporation on Earth that is genuinely profitable if they had to account for their ecological impact. A recent UN-supported report shows that the world's 3,000 largest publicly-traded companies alone caused US$2.15 trillion (€2 trillion) of environmental damage in 2008, that the total cost is much higher, and that companies and communities downstream in the global supply chain are at risk from the environmental impacts.

    For centuries, businesses have cheated on this accounting by calling ecological impacts "externalities," presumably not effecting the business. Thus, air and water pollution, toxins in the environment, or eradicated species were deemed "external" and not worth accounting for.

    We now know that these ecological... Read more >

  • 4 reasons to tackle destructive fishing

    Blogpost by François Chartier - May 5, 2016 at 7:17

    Greenpeace crew members on the Esperanza pull in a FAD (fish aggregating device) for inspection. Greenpeace is in the Indian Ocean to document and peacefully oppose destructive fishing practices. 17 Apr, 2016 © Will Rose / Greenpeace Read more >

    The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is at sea stopping the destructive fishing practices of the largest tuna company on the planet – Thai Union – which owns popular tuna brands like John West, Petit Navire, Mareblu and Chicken of the Sea, and supplies huge companies like Walmart.  

    Thai Union is a threat to the health of the world’s tuna, but it’s not just tuna that is being hurt. This World Tuna Day we need your help to protect these magnificent species, and to protect our oceans and the people who rely on them. 

    Here are four of the biggest reasons to stand up against Thai Union’s destructive practices:

    1) Bycatch – marine life that is caught but that isn’t tuna – is killed as collateral damage.

    The fishing gear we’re currently pulling out of the Indian Ocean, Fish Aggregating Devices (FA...

  • 4 Myths Genesis & Meridian will tell you about Huntly Power Station

    Blogpost by Jeff Harrison - May 3, 2016 at 16:03

    Four Myths Genesis & Meridian will tell you about Huntly Power Station

    Since Genesis Energy revealed it would be keeping the Huntly coal burners firing, it has received a rolling barrage of complaints from unhappy New Zealanders. The power company responded to those comments by releasing several statements...or shall we say myths. We decided to bust them, because let’s be clear: The decision to keep coal alive is all about profit.

    Myth #1. “The current commercial reality is that while the future of Tiwai Pt is uncertain, no company is likely to build large scale renewable generation.”


    No-one can predict exactly what’s going to happen with Tiwai Point: The aluminium smelter there could announce plans to close next week, or it could close in 10 years, but uncertainty should never be a rea... Read more >

  • Why Piss is the Problem With Industrial Dairying in New Zealand

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - May 2, 2016 at 14:23

    It’s pretty obvious that letting cows wander into waterways, collapsing stream banks and defecating in the water is not good for our rivers.

    But the most serious freshwater health issue facing NZ’s waterways still involves cows but is much less obvious and there’s no amount of fencing or streamside planting that can deal with it.

    It’s cow urine.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Urinating_cow_in_polder.jpg

    Cow urine is full of nitrogen. Nitrogen in small quantities can be taken up by plants and used to grow. But dairy cows urinate, a lot and in the same spot.

    The plants receiving this huge load of cow urine from an overstocked, intensive dairy farm can’t use it all up so the nitrogen either runs off into waterways or leaches through the soil and gets into the groundwater.

    From the groundwater it either rears its ugly head back in rivers or sink... Read more >

  • Lights, camera, direct action: 6 times Emma Thompson spoke up for the planet

    Blogpost by Danielle Boobyer - April 28, 2016 at 10:11
    Emma and Sophie Thompson jump over a fence
    All rights reserved. Credit: Greenpeace

    Today Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie are occupying a fracking site. The actors are using whisks, spoons & cake to challenge fracking with their unusual protest - the Frack Free Bake Off.

    Emma’s no stranger to speaking up for our planet. From marching for climate justice to protesting outside Shell's HQ with a giant polar bear puppet, this is one actor who's not afraid of direct action.

    Here's six moments when Emma took action on environmental issues.

    1. The time Emma teamed up with a giant polar bear to stop Shell

    Emma joined Aurora - the huge polar bear puppet - and over 60 activists outside Shell’s London HQ last September, to send a message to the oil company’s CEO to put an end to Arctic drilling.


    One badas... Read more >

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