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  • Why the world's biggest coal company has backed down

    Blogpost by Deng Ping and Harri Lammi - April 10, 2014 at 12:23

    Last year, Greenpeace decided to do something we had never done before during our 13 years of work in China: target and confront a state owned coal company.

    And not just any company. The biggest and boldest, a Chinese government favorite: Shenhua - the largest coal company by volume on the planet.

    We discovered that Shenhua’s subsidiary had been over-using water for their coal facility in Inner Mongolia, one of the most arid areas of China and confronted them with the evidence.
    First we faced the censorship of our report but now, a year later, we have finally got a result.

    On April 4 2014, Shenhua met with Greenpeace to say that they have agreed to many of our demands. In particular, Shenhua said they would stop taking water from the area where farmers had been left with failed crops an... Read more >

  • As the UN climate panel meets in Berlin this week to finalise its report on options for combating climate change, here's how Germany is rising to the challenge.

    Rapidly reduce your reliance on coal? AND phase out nuclear power at the same time? Can't be done? Yes, it can. Germany is on its way to revolutionising its energy system. The ambitious transition, known as the "Energiewende", is turning the country into a pioneer for a greener, fairer way to produce energy.

    The recipe? A massive increase in renewable energy. The growth of clean energy in Germany has already more than made up for the nuclear capacity that was closed down following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    Renewable output equivalent to more than eight large nuclear reactors has been added in just three years. It's leading ... Read more >

  • Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

    Blogpost by Areeba Hamid - April 10, 2014 at 7:58

    About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO.

    Global Day of Action to Protect Paradise in Jakarta. 03/29/2014 © Oscar Siagian / Greenpeace

    Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world.

    Calling Day of Action

    Dozens of protests throughout the planet.

    Global P&G Protests

    7300 Sumatran orangutans at risk of being made homeless.

    Orangutan Feeding Platform near Tanjung Puting National Park. 10/31/2013 © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

    As few as 400 tigers at risk of being made homeless.

    Sumatran Tiger in Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation. 11/02/2013 © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    620,000 hectares of forest potentially destroyed every year.

    Palm Oil Plantation in Central Kalimantan. 02/24/2014 © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

    These numbers summarize well the tremendous effort placed by thousands of people around the world to demand Procter & Gamble (P&G) to break the link between their products and forest destruction, and the reasons why the company had to it.

    And today it happened! P&G finally took the plunge and decided to clean up its act and wash its supply chain clean of bad palm oil.

    P&G no deforestation policy promises to remove forest destruction from its palm oil suppl... Read more >

  • Sneaky buggers those forests. Hard to keep track of. One minute they’re there, next they aren’t… a bit like Members of Parliament.

    http://www.devcichdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/jtf-press-pic.jpgIn today’s opinion piece TV3’s Political Editor Paddy Gower asked: “Is Simon Bridges
    asleep on the job?” The fact that Bridges had to be told by a reporter that he had opened up the 200,000 hectare Victoria Forest Park on the West Coast for mining exploration in last week's block offer certainly smacks of a minister struggling and completely out of his depth.

    As far as Greenpeace is concerned there is no question - Simon Bridges is very much asleep at the wheel. This past year he has recovered (with a little help from his friends) from a series of ministerial near misses. He has demonstrated his incompetence time and time again. But this is a serious wakeup ca...

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  • Article originally published in the Guardian.

    An oasis is a body of water, ringed by greenery and beyond that, a lifeless, endless landscape that coughs up dust and sand whenever the wind touches it. It is a globally understood symbol of something precious, fragile and rare.

    The entire population of the planet: plants, animals and people, are crowded around that symbolic single, lonely body of water. All of us jostling and pushing to get our share. Some are close to the source through sheer luck, others have muscled their way in. This has left those without fiscal or political clout on the fringes, unable to get near fresh water for sanitation, agriculture or even to drink.

    The coal industry is one of the groups which has managed to muscle its way in.

    This year, as policymakers work t... Read more >

  • Indigenous people of Komi decide to kick Lukoil out of their lands

    Blogpost by Greenpeace Feature Desk - April 4, 2014 at 16:14

    Residents from 13 different villages in the Izhma district of Komi region gathered at a public meeting to discuss recent environmental problems caused by Lukoil, the primary oil company operating in this subarctic area. The result of the meeting was sensational for Russia: they unanimously voted for a resolution demanding that Lukoil-Komi Company should leave the district.