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  • I was at eye level at the UN and the world moved

    Blogpost by Naomi Ages - November 6, 2016 at 12:41

    It’s early in the morning on Friday 4 November and I am standing outside the United Nations in New York. A year ago, I was a relative newcomer to Greenpeace, preparing to attend the COP in Paris. The Greenpeace team was mobilising to push governments to adopt an ambitious international climate agreement.

    Naomi Ages at work during the COP21 in Paris. 10/12/2015 © Christophe Calais / Signatures / GreenpeaceNaomi Ages at work during the COP21 in Paris. 10/12/2015 © Christophe Calais / Signatures / Greenpeace

    Fast-forward to 12 December 2015, when the team gathered in the media centre to watch country after country commit itself to the Paris Agreement, a remarkable step forward in international cooperation to tackle climate change. It was a moment of great hope and a moment where we knew we’d have to recommit ourselves to make sure action followed.

    Which brings me back to Friday morning. UN ... Read more >

  • Samsung, it's time to walk the talk

    Blogpost by Jude Lee - November 6, 2016 at 12:39

    Samsung is at a cross-roads. In the aftermath of the Galaxy Note7 fiasco the tech giant has admitted they need a fresh start. However, this doesn't just have to be a fresh start to advertise a new Galaxy S8, it could also represent a fresh start for the consumers and the planet.

    Product Shot: Samsung Galaxy Note7. DATE:1 Nov, 2016  © Jungyeob Ji / GreenpeaceMillions of Samsung Galaxy Note7 are being recalled. Greenpeace East Asia asks Samsung not to dump or burn their recalled flagship smartphones and demands the company to be transparent, and officially release their disposal plan for the defected Galaxy Note7.

    Earlier this week Greenpeace revealed the waste that could be generated if Samsung does not reuse components from the 4.3 million faulty Galaxy Note7 phones it produced. Tonnes of cobalt, gold, silver, tungsten and more that could be lost if not dealt with pr... Read more >

  • The inevitable transformation - why swift action is needed to stay below 1.5

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan - November 4, 2016 at 19:14

    Last year, 197 countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Today (November 4th) it comes into force, in one of the fastest ratifications of any international agreement.

    In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.In 2015 at COP21 in Paris, Greenpeace activists create a solar symbol around the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, by painting the roads yellow with a non-polluting water-based paint to reveal the image of a huge shining sun.

    A huge global movement has driven this momentum - from enlightened city governments to global leaders to forward-thinking businesses and corporations. But a critical role has been played by ordinary people, who have applied pressure, petitioned their governments and demanded a clean, safe climate.

    The Paris Agreement is historic not only because of the urgency and the spee... Read more >

  • Will 4.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones end up in the trash?

    Blogpost by Jude Lee - November 1, 2016 at 21:12

    Right now Samsung is considering dumping 4.3 million brand new Galaxy Note 7 phones following nearly 100 cases of exploding phones around the world. That is equivalent to almost 730,000 kilograms of hi-spec technology! While Samsung made the right call in taking their phones out of circulation to avoid more accidents or injuries, the question is now what are they going to do with this huge mountain of phones?

    Greenpeace is calling on the global tech leader to see an opportunity in this crisis and show leadership. Samsung must act transparently to ensure these gadgets don’t end up in the trash but are instead dismantled and separated, and that the precious materials they contain are reused.

    What do we know so far?

    1. Samsung produced 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 phones and sold 1.8 millio...

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  • Today, the largest marine protected area in the world was created in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica. This is a HUGE victory for the whales, penguins, and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans. 

    A group of Adeli Penguins are seen here in the Antarctic sea ice of the Southern Ocean.A group of Adeli Penguins are seen here in the Antarctic sea ice of the Southern Ocean.

    For years, Greenpeace has campaigned for protection of the Ross Sea at CCAMLR, the international body responsible for stewardship of Antarctic waters. Each year, Greenpeace, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, and millions of people around the world would call on governments to do the right thing, each time thinking THIS was the year it would finally happen. But year after year, there was always something blocking progress. But this year, all of CCAMLR’s ...

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  • Silver Power: Swiss grannies challenge Government’s weak climate policies

    Blogpost by Jennifer Morgan - October 28, 2016 at 15:11

    The Paris climate agreement got some new teeth today when more than 450 women aged 65 and older submitted a legal petition to force the Swiss government to take stronger action on climate change. The complaint alleges that weak climate policies are violating their constitutional rights by failing to limit warming to politically-agreed safe levels.

    Group portrait of KlimaSeniorinnen, 23 Aug 2016. © Flurin Bertschinger / GreenpeaceGroup portrait of KlimaSeniorinnen, 23 Aug 2016

    Greenpeace Switzerland is supporting the new group of women, called KlimaSeniorinnen (Senior Women for Climate Protection), in their quest to hold their government accountable for climate inaction.

    Older women are among the most vulnerable groups in a warming climate. Studies of heatwaves in Europe show they are more likely to get sick or die of dehydration, heatstroke, cardiac and circulatory pro... Read more >

  • Vaquita porpoise takes centre stage at Whaling Commission meeting

    Blogpost by Willie - October 28, 2016 at 7:25

    Image of vaquita porpoise

    Big news for a little porpoise.

    Something big just happened for the tiny vaquita porpoise at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting. The diminutive porpoise was the subject of a resolution, passed by all the countries present, urging concerted international cooperation to save the species from extinction.

    The IWC was set up by and for countries catching whales. Over the years it has turned into a more conservation-focussed forum, but that has been a long, slow struggle. Indeed some countries are still adamant that only the ‘great’ (which mostly means ‘big’) whales and whether they should be hunted is the IWC’s raison d’etre. The idea of what are and aren’t big or small whales is complicated, some great whales are smaller than those considered small, and sadly these complicat... Read more >

  • This summer, the United Nations International Resource Panel (IRP), published 'Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity', a report that admits what ecologists have been saying for decades: resources are limited, human consumption trends are unsustainable and resource depletion diminishes human health, quality of life and future development.

    The report shows that consumption of Earth's primary resources (metals, fuels, timber, cereals and so forth) has tripled in the last 40 years, driven by population growth (increasing at about 1.1% per year), economic growth (averaging about 3% per year over the same period) and consumption per person, worldwide.

    Coal Mines at the Source of the Yellow River, 20 Jun, 2014. © Wu Haitao / GreenpeaceCoal Mines at the source of the Yellow River, China

    Economic growth has helped lift some regions from poverty and created more middl... Read more >

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