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  • Shell Oil Cowboys

    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town see trouble on a dusty horizon. It’s when the street talk stops, shutters shut and bar stools and laws get broken.

    Well it seems the cowboys are right here in little ol’ New Zealand.

    Yesterday it was revealed that the country’s largest oil company, Shell Todd Energy, has been drilling illegally off the west coast. In official documents released to the Green party, the Environmental Protection Agency has slammed Shell for failing to get permission to drill two wells in their oil and gas fields. It described the oil giant as having a “low range of a negative attitude”, which to you ... Read more >

  • 7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate

    Blogpost by Helena Meresman - October 23, 2014 at 10:03

    Stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers, and 92-year old veterans – people just like you.

    1. Canoes vs. coal

    The People of the Pacific refuse to allow themselves to drown, they are fighting back against climate change! Residents of the Pacific islands, among the countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels, are taking the fight to save their homes directly to the fossil fuel industry. Using traditional canoes, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 Pacific islands paddled into the oncoming path of coal ships in an effort to shut down the world's biggest coal port for a day.

    350.org350.org... Read more >

  • Blowin' in the wind

    Blogpost by Sven Teske - October 23, 2014 at 9:59

    Wind Turbines

    Wind power has a pivotal role to play in the world's energy supply over the next few years. By providing huge amounts of clean, affordable power, it can buy us time in the fight against global warming while revolutions in energy efficiency and solar power gain momentum.

    Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council have just released a two-yearly status report on wind energy and its prospects up to 2050.

    In as little as five years' time wind power could prevent more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from being emitted each year by dirty energy. That's equivalent to Germany's and Italy's emissions combined, or Africa's total CO2 emissions, or those of Japan, or two-thirds of what India pumps out.

    Ten years after that, wind power could be supplying up to 19% of the world's el... Read more >

  • Seeing Greenpeace in the leading headline of Hong Kong's most prestigious financial newspaper is not something I am used to! But if you knew why, you would see how your support is bringing companies engaged in overfishing to their knees.

    It starts with a bungled financial deal we brought to light in a letter to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange three weeks ago. In an initial public offering (IPO) of shares sponsored by Deutsche Bank, one of China's largest tuna longline companies, China Tuna Industry Group (CTI), wanted to raise up to US$150 million to expand its fishing fleet.

    Here's where everything went awry: in its draft prospectus, CTI omitted serious material information about the status of the fish stock that the company catches. The fish stock has already been declared 'overfished' b... Read more >

  • EvolocityNZ - Electric super cars come to NZ

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 13, 2014 at 16:34

    Some of the most exciting and rapid changes in the way we shift to doing things in a cleaner, smarter way are happening in one of the most personal aspects of our lives: the car.

    Many Kiwi’s love their wheels and anyone who loves fast cars will love the latest new electric cars. You will have heard of the Tesla. If you haven’t, then where have you been? The Tesla is the car that has turned the way we look at electric cars on its head. As Elon Musk, the brains behind the Tesla said of his latest creation: “this car will crush a Porsche on the track, just crush it. And by the way, it happens to be electric”.

    As electric cars revolutionise the way we get from A to B, the visionaries at Evolocity New Zealand want to make sure that New Zealand gets a piece of the action. EVolocity are not only... Read more >

  • How LEGO got awesome to #SaveTheArctic

    Blogpost by Ian Duff - October 9, 2014 at 20:13

    Today we got the awesome news: After a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell.

    This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean up its dirty image as an Arctic oil driller.

    So how did we win this victory for the Arctic? Let’s take a look back at the top five moments of our campaign:

    1. The most viral video in Greenpeace history

    A hot tub, a Game of Thrones character, a very sad polar bear, and the most depressing version of the most upbeat song you’ve ever heard. With massive media attention and almost six million views, the video was briefly taken down from YouTube due to... Read more >

  • Korea’s Fishing Crime Wave

    Blogpost by Karli Thomas - October 9, 2014 at 16:15

    It’s incredible to watch the unravelling of the tangled web illegal fishers have woven around their dirty business. Fishing companies have created elaborate webs of deception stretching from Korea to New Zealand, Argentina to South Africa, and as far south as the icy Antarctic waters. But no matter how deep they try to bury their crimes, eventually they will come back to haunt them.

    Those crimes include a blatant disregard of laws and fisheries agreements, the reckless and abusive treatment of crew, and the plunder of fish for greed and short term profit. South Korea’s distant water fishing fleets are responsible for several recent cases that include all the above crimes, and have cost many human lives.

    This week, the Korean vessel Insung 3 was met with an unexpected reception when it ret... Read more >

  • ZAR LILLEYAt the weekend, large parts of the country’s biggest city and financial capital were thrown in to darkness following a power cut. It took the best part of three days to restore power to our homes and businesses and cost the regional economy tens of millions.

    The outage was so significant that the government has launched an investigation with energy and resources Minister Simon Bridges declaring that it is necessary to give “the public confidence that risks to power supply are being adequately managed” and may result in policy changes.

    And this begs some serious questions about how we can improve our current, old energy system.

    This is not the first time this year that the northern part of the country has been affected by power cuts. Back in June, powerful storms from an extreme weather e... Read more >

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