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  • P&G gets a timely reminder: destroying forests is not “sustainable”

    Blogpost by Areeba Hamid - March 27, 2014 at 20:52

    So, P&G is still ignoring nearly 400,000 of us who've written to its CEO, Alan G. Lafley. And P&G is still claiming the company is "committed to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil".

    But today, we did something it can't ignore: we took the message right to P&G's door. The company behind brands such as Head & Shoulders was today confronted with protests in five different countries, and fresh evidence that shows just how big the gap is between their spokespeople's words and the reality on the ground.

    In Indonesia, 20 activists unfurled a giant banner from the top floor of P&G's national headquarters in Jakarta and activists took part in colourful street theatre to demand forest-friendly products. The managers refused to meet Greenpeace.

    In the Philippines, "tigers" set ... Read more >

  • Lessons from Exxon Valdex, 25 years later

    Blogpost by Richard Steiner - March 25, 2014 at 9:38

    Monday was the 25-year anniversary of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska. Now seems a good time to reflect on lessons learned, and lessons lost.

    1. Oil spill “cleanup” is a myth. Once oil has spilled, it is impossible to effectively contain it, recover it, and clean it up.

    Exxon spent more than $2 billion trying to clean up its Alaska spill, but recovered less than 7 percentBP spent $14 billion trying to clean up its 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, and although they collected some at the wellhead, burned and dispersed some (with toxic chemicals), it recovered only 3 percent from the sea surface and beaches.