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  • 5 lesser-known threats to the fragile Arctic Ocean

    Blogpost by Emily Buchanan - April 19, 2016 at 11:46

    You probably know that climate change is melting Arctic ice with astonishing speed. And while some hear a warning bell, others see a business opportunity. As Arctic ice disappears, oil companies and fishing fleets are moving further north than ever before, keen to exploit the unexplored ocean opening up at the top of the world.

    The Arctic is under threat from destructive industrial fishing. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd KnightAll rights reserved. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd Knight

    You probably also know how wrong it is to take advantage of melting ice to drill for more of the stuff that caused the problem in the first place. But did you know that industrial fishing presents its own set of risks?

    Here are some of the lesser-known ways destructive fishing fleets threaten the Arctic Ocean:

    1. Bottom trawling

    Bottom Trawling. Image Credit: Eve Lloyd Knight

    Bottom trawlers are a kind of heavy fishing gear that gets dragged along the se... Read more >

  • Heading to sea to stop destructive fishing

    Blogpost by François Chartier - April 19, 2016 at 11:40

    Greenpeace Esperanza Indian Ocean 2016, Children wave to the Esperanza as the ship prepares to depart from the port of Diego Suarez. 15 Apr, 2016  © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    The smell of fish is all around the Greenpeace Esperanza. We’ve been docked in Diego Suarez in Madagascar, getting ready to take on the tuna giant Thai Union again. Fittingly, there’s a fish processing factory right next to the ship. The symbolism gets even better. As we sail out, there’s a rainbow in the sky.

    Tackling the issues of unsustainable tuna fishing

    Greenpeace has been tackling overfishing for years, and last fall we appealed to Thai Union the biggest tuna company in the world  to switch to fish caught sustainably and under humane working conditions. Over 300,000 of you joined that call, making sure Thai Union heard it loud and clear. Now the Esperanza is riding that incredible wave of support into the Indian Ocean.

    Thai Union has tried to fix the dents in its reputation,... Read more >

  • New Zealand’s clean rivers damned by industrial dairying

    Blogpost by Gen Toop - April 15, 2016 at 14:06

    Industrial dairying is failing. It’s failing people who want to swim in clean rivers, its failing our tourism industry, it’s failing our climate, and it’s failing farmers.

    A Landcorp dairy farm 2008

    The high input industrial dairying model requires more water, chemical fertiliser and supplementary feed to produce tonnes of low value milk powder from ever-growing herds of cows.

    This increases our climate emissions, degrades our land and pollutes our rivers, two thirds of which are already at times, too polluted to swim in safely. (1)

    It also puts farmers into huge amounts of debt and in some cases bankruptcy. New Zealand dairy farmers are collectively burdened with a staggering $38 billion worth of debt. When the price of milk is low the pressure then mounts on many farmers and their families.

    As New Zealand dai... Read more >

  • 3 (unpalatable) facts you need to know if you eat sashimi

    Blogpost by Yen Ning - April 15, 2016 at 7:34

    One in three pieces of sashimi is from fish caught by Taiwanese fishing vessels. If you eat imported seafood, chances are you’ve eaten Taiwan caught fish, so when we’re talking Taiwanese seafood, we’re talking about an industry that has an impact on all of us.

    Tuna transshipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean.Tuna transshipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean. Read more >

    In a race to make as much profit as possible, Taiwan’s fishing industry has long been linked to environmental abuse. But what is becoming clearer is that where there are environmental abuse, human rights abuses follow - and that’s what we’ve found in Taiwan’s fishing industry. A year long investigation released by Greenpeace East Asia has painted a terrifying image of what happens when a industry is virtually given free rein on the high seas.

    Here are three things you need to...

  • Time for global business to stop profiting from Amazon destruction

    Blogpost by Tica Minami - April 14, 2016 at 7:44

    Huge hydropower dams in the Amazon rainforest aren't just bad for Indigenous communities, biodiversity and the climate – they're bad for the companies involved. Here's why.

    (left) Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest. 23 Feb, 2016 © Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace. (Right) Construction of the Belo Monte Dam project, near Altamira. Belo Monte is a controversial hydropower plant on the Xingu River. 12 Feb, 2012 © Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace

    The Amazon is the world's largest remaining area of tropical rainforest, but every day it gets a little smaller – while big business profits get a little bigger.

    Over 750,000 km² of Amazon rainforest (an area larger than all of France) has already been destroyed by industrial agriculturecattle ranching, illegal logging and infrastructure projects.

    And new threats keep coming: this time in the Tapajós River basin, one of the most biodiverse areas of the Amazon rainforest.

    Munduruku in Tapajós River in the Amazon Rainforest. 22 Feb, 2016.  © Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace

    What's happening in the Tapajós?

    The Brazilian government is planning a massive hydropower project for the Tapajós basin – over 40 medium or ... Read more >

  • On September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism and piracy. The story of the Arctic 30, as they came to be known, was one heard around the world, and one that Peter Willcox writes about in his new book "Greenpeace Captain." Read an exclusive excerpt here.

    The following was excerpted with permission from chapter 19 of “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet,” by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. Available from Thomas Dunne Books. Copyright © 2016.

    Maggy had been watching a live Greenpeace feed in our home in Maine, anxiously awaiting the moment when my head would p... Read more >

  • CAT-ivists leading the fight against #BadTuna

    Blogpost by Kate Simcock - April 11, 2016 at 15:58

    Cats rule the internet. They play the piano, wear bread around their faces, are frightened by cucumbers, and are generally just ridiculously cute.    

    A few weeks ago, Greenpeace teamed up with some of the biggest names in the internet cat business, the likes of Lil Bub, Princess Monster Truck, and Hamilton the Hipster Cat, to launch the ‘Cats vs Bad Tuna’ campaign against Whiskas and its owner MARS (maker of the famous chocolate bar and also the world’s largest manufacturer of pet food!)

    Read more >

    By ‘bad tuna’ we mean tuna (and other seafood) that comes from boats fishing for the notorious seafood giant ‘Thai Union’ that have been linked to slave labour and are using destructive fishing methods, like purse seining with fish aggregating devices (or FADs) or longlining.

    We know MARS buys Thai ...

  • We’ve had enough of eating and breathing Chernobyl

    Blogpost by Rashid Alimov - April 11, 2016 at 10:38

    I’m in the Bryansk region of Russia. Despite being over 180 kilometres from Chernobyl and thirty years after the disaster, my geiger counter still picks up elevated levels of radiation.  

    This invisible radiation hazard is a day-to-day reality for the five million Chernobyl survivors that live in contaminated areas of the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. They eat contaminated berries and vegetables. And they breathe radioactive smoke from fires in nearby forests contaminated by Chernobyl.

    A pumpkin patch in the Bryansk region.  © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

    Here in the Bryansk region many communities should have been evacuated, but never were.  

    Worse, the Russian government is now cutting radiation protection measures and support programs for people here to save money. Last year, three hundred thousand people lost support when the government changed the sta... Read more >

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