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  • Shell spills again: Pipeline leaks 20,000 gallons of oil in northern California

    Blogpost by Ryan Schleeter - May 30, 2016 at 15:27

    For the second time in two weeks, Shell has spilled thousands of gallons of oil, this time in California’s Central Valley.

    Shell Pipeline Oil Spill in California, 24 May, 2016, @ Noah Berger/Greenpeace

    Less than two weeks after dumping nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Shell Oil is at it again. The company’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline, which transports crude oil from California’s Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area, leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons into the soil near in San Joaquin County this week.

    Responders are on the scene to clear oil that’s reached the surface, which county officials say covered roughly 10,000 square feet of land. As of today, Shell representatives claim the pipeline has been repaired, but have not resumed operations.

    Local government officials and Shell responders are investigating the cause of the leak, and curr...

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  • Budget 2016: If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

    Blogpost by Russel Norman - May 27, 2016 at 7:01

    Cartoon by Malcolm Evans

    This budget shows that the Government’s fossil-fuel driven extractive industry based economic strategy is a slow moving train-wreck.

    After proclaiming in previous years that industrial dairy, coal, and oil would be the economic salvation of the nation, they are all noticeably missing from the budget. Maybe taking a punt on the the most climate polluting industries wasn’t such a great idea after all.

    The budget speech does mention climate change… once. The global crisis that threatens life as we know it. Just one solitary mention. That’s admittedly once more than in any of the previous seven budget speeches but clearly shows this Government's priorities are wrong.

    But, on the upside, Bill English did for the first time give us a clear indication of the cost of subsidies given to climate... Read more >

  • We’re calling ‘lights out’ on Thai Union’s ocean destruction

    Blogpost by Tom Lowe - May 27, 2016 at 6:45

    Being in the middle of the Indian Ocean at night is incredible: you feel the vastness of the sea around you, the raw power of the waves, and the thick darkness.

    Now imagine from miles away, you see a glowing mass on the horizon. As you get closer you make out the source: intense beams of light from an array of approximately 80 high-powered lamps, searing into the water all night long. Marine life is teeming under the surface, drawn to the brilliance of the light.

    The supply vessel Explorer II in the Indian Ocean. Activists on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza peacefully confront marine operations at the heart of Thai Union’s supply chain, the latest in a series of global protests against the tuna giant’s destructive fishing practices. At 06.00 local time, activists in inflatable boats deliver a cease and desist letter to the deck of the Explorer II, a supply vessel using an underwater seamount to perch on and contribute to massive depletion of ocean life.  © Will Rose / Greenpeace

    That’s what we found when we encountered the Explorer II, an ominous-looking vessel in tuna giant Thai Union’s supply chain. It’s not like any ship we’d ever seen, and its lights seem to only have one purpose: a controversial method used to attract all kinds of ocean animals before other fishing vessels come and set nets around t...

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  • A BIG win for the Arctic!

    Blogpost by Frida Bengtsson - May 25, 2016 at 17:35

    Amazing news! Today an entire industry including major global brands McDonald’sTescoYoung’s Seafood and Iglo agreed to push back against destruction of our pristine Arctic waters.

    The Hornsund Fjord on Svalbard/Spitzbergen. 11 Feb, 2008 © Bernd Roemmelt / Greenpeace

    Together with the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, Fiskebåt, which represents the entire Norwegian oceangoing fishing fleet, Russian Karat Group including Ocean Trawlers and Europe’s largest processor of frozen fish, Espersen, these brands are saying “no” to the further expansion of cod fishing into the previously-frozen Northern Barents Sea.  

    This is huge. Never before has an industry stood up for Arctic protection and YOU made this possible. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world took action against bottom trawling in the Arctic — to stop heavy nets scraping marine life from the se... Read more >

  • Finding a sense of porpoise

    Blogpost by Willie - May 25, 2016 at 14:04

    All rights reserved. Credit: Stefan Schorr / Greenpeace

    Being a porpoise looks rubbish.

    Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a porpoise jumping out of the water or heard a friend gushing about an *amazing* experience seeing porpoises?

    There’s good reason that porpoises don’t have the wow factor of dolphins: and it’s not just that they have bad PR people.

    Porpoises are busy: lots to do, fish to eat. They live on an ecological knife-edge, and need to keep feeding to keep their energy levels up. They simply don’t have a lot of spare time to be cavorting around. Of course it doesn’t help their public recognition levels that five out of six of the world’s porpoise species are small, grey and shy. Mostly ... Read more >

  • Did you know this about tigers?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:27

    Next in our series, we turn to the king (and queen) of the jungle - the tiger. Here are 10 incredible tiger facts from forests campaigner Richard George: Read more >

    10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humans

    Tigers’ have one of the best memories of any animal, including humans. Their memories are made with stronger brain synapses which means that their short-term memory lasts approximately 30 seconds longer than ours does.

    9. Tigers are great impressionists

    In some parts of the world, tigers feed on bears because of overlapping territories. In order to lure the bears in, tigers are known to imitate the sounds of their prey.

    8. A tiger’s back legs are so strong that it can remain standing even when dead

    Highly unpleasant but very impressive fact alert: tigers’ back legs are so...

  • How well do you know the Polar Bear?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:25

    Since the very beginning of Greenpeace, our movement has been fighting to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable animals. And over the years, we’ve learnt some truly incredible things about the magnificent creatures we share this planet with. So we thought we’d share them with you in a special series on our amazing Greenpeace animals.

    In the first of our series, Arctic campaigner Ian Duff shares his 11 favourite facts about polar bears: 

    11: Polar bears aren’t really white.

    It’s true. Polar bears actually have black skin (take a look at their noses) that’s covered in transparent, pigment-free hair. Each individual polar bear hair scatters and reflects visible light which makes polar bears appear white, even though they’re not - sneaky.

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    10: Polar bears have a stronger bite...

  • How well do you know the orangutan?

    Blogpost by MeenaRajput - May 25, 2016 at 11:21

    Next in the series, forests campaigner Richard George shares his 10 favourite facts about one of of our closest living relatives - the orangutan:

    10. Orangutans are ticklish

    There are two kinds of ticklish. There’s the gentle kind that feels itchy and the kind that makes you laugh uncontrollably. Many animals are the first kind of ticklish - it’s an evolutionary behaviour that helps them ward off potentially dangerous animals and insects. But only very few animals are the second kind of ticklish. In fact, it seems to be just us humans and our very closest primate relatives, including the orangutans.   

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    9. Orangutans’ arms can be longer than you are tall

    Orangutan’s arms can grow to a reach of seven feet. To put that figure in perspective, think about the height of the tallest pe...

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