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  • What I talk about when I talk about F***ing

    Blogpost by Areeba Hamid, Greenpeace India - February 15, 2012 at 21:01

    Areeba HamidI am on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, en route to Port Blair right now. It has been fantastic to sail from Singapore to India (took us 5 days) and calming to have just the never ending ocean stretched out before you every time you look outside.  I also saw some cruise liners, some blink- and-you-miss-it dolphins, and a large piece of cargo floating past us which seemed to have either fallen off or gotten rid of in a hurry.

    The Espy – as we call her - has proven to be a very effective campaigning tool for Greenpeace offices around the world, and this is her second voyage to India. With me is a team comprising crew members, media specialists, photographers, videographers and campaigners. And we share one objective—to bring the story of the sea into the lives of people on land. Th... Read more >

  • In 30 years we've lost 75% of the Arctic sea ice

    Blogpost by James - February 14, 2012 at 13:05

    In 30 years we've lost 75 percent of the Arctic sea ice

    If there's one fact to remember which underlines the urgency in protecting the Arctic it's this: in 30 years we've lost 75 per cent of the Arctic sea ice.

    That ice is not only a pristine environment supporting threatened species like the polar bear - it also supports us. By reflecting the suns rays back into space, the Arctic ice acts as the world's air conditioner, cooling our planet down. This in turn underpins our agricultural systems which when shaken, push millions over into hunger and worse.

    The Arctic ice is a life supporter, but we're destroying it. 

    Our obsession with dirty energy has melted three quarters of that ice in a little over three decades.

    Here's BBC Newsnight explaining the 75% figure:

    Some people compare Arctic sea ice amount by looking at the ... Read more >

  • Greenpeace photographer Paul Hilton honoured at World Press Photo awards

    Blogpost by John Novis - February 14, 2012 at 7:59

    A shark is pulled from the depths on the Taiwanese longliner, Li Chyun No. 2 in the Central Pacific by Paul Hilton

    Many congratulations to our trusted friend and photographer Paul Hilton on his ‘Shark Fin’ World Press Photo 2012 3rd prize in Nature win.

    It’s great news for Greenpeace too - this powerful picture of a shark being pulled onto a Taiwanese longliner, in the Central Pacific Ocean, was taken by Paul while he was on board our ship, the Esperanza in September 2011.

    Paul is originally from the UK, immigrating with his family to Australia at an early age. Later in life he moved to Hong Kong where he became a successful photographer ‘stringer’ with EPA (European Press Agency). We first commissioned Paul to document Greenpeace Hong Kong activities. Later, because of his extraordinary skills both under and above water, he joined our long ship tours, such as those in the Pacific Ocean, to... Read more >

  • Eat it up Monsanto!

    Blogpost by nyoung - February 13, 2012 at 8:31

    GMOs - No Thanks

    There's a story doing the rounds again,  about how Monsanto, one of the world’s largest profiteers of genetically engineered (GE) food, banned GE food from its own corporate canteens!

    Monsanto had its pants pulled down by Friends of the Earth in 1999, who revealed that the company was refusing to serve to its own staff the very same GE food that it incessantly foists upon impoverished nations on the premise that it will save populations from starvation. Although it has never been proved, Monsanto constantly claims that GE food is harmless – so why wasn't it serving it in its own office?

    In one canteen, run by external provider, Sutcliffe Catering, a notice read that a decision has been taken to remove, as far as practicable, GE soya and maize from all food products served in th... Read more >

  • Victory for the oceans and freedom of speech in Taiwan

    Blogpost by YuFen Kao, Greenpeace East Asia - February 13, 2012 at 8:28

    Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner YuFen Kao

    I began working for Greenpeace East Asia nearly two years ago, because I always wanted to work on environmental issues and to focus on increasing attention on global issues here in Taiwan. Since I’ve joined Greenpeace, I’ve been focused on changing minds and oceans policy here in Taiwan, home to one our newest offices and to one of the world’s largest fishing powers. Taiwan has the largest number of vessel operating in Pacific Ocean, where 60% of the world’s tuna comes from.

     

    To tell you the truth, it has been a whirlwind few months; I’ve met with industry officials, briefed academics, explained the oceans crisis to journalists and taken part in peaceful protests onboard the Rainbow Warrior. Make no mistake: I am an activist, c... Read more >

  • Google wrests control of Cool IT climate Leaderboard

    Blogpost by Gary Cook - February 9, 2012 at 14:39

    Cool IT Leaderboard 5th edition

    The tussle for the top of our Cool IT Leaderboard has taken its latest twist, with Google grabbing the top spot ahead of 20 other tech companies, including Cisco and Ericsson.

     Pitching global IT companies against each other to find who comes out top in the fight to stop climate change, the 5th edition of the Leaderboard compares the firms on their IT Climate Solutions, IT Energy Impact and Political Advocacy.

    Google is way ahead on climate solutions and energy impacts, thanks to its disclosure of its energy footprint, and for providing its impressively detailed mitigation plan for achieving emissions reductions. On top of this, Google continues to speak up on important climate change policies, and make its voice heard on the immediate need for both US and EU governments to aggress... Read more >

  • Forest Hero: UN awards Amazon Campaign Director

    Blogpost by Jess Miller - February 9, 2012 at 14:33

    Paulo Adario, who heads up our Amazon campaign, may not be your archetypal hero (we’ve never seen him don tights), but we’re proud to announce that he has just been awarded the honour of “Forest Hero” by the UN.  He’s not one to tout his own accomplishments, so we’re going to tell you more about Paulo’s work, as he receives his award today at the United Nations ceremony for the Year of the Forests in New York.

    Paulo Adario’s career of Amazon protection is an inspiration to all of us and proof of what can happen when one person decides to take action.

    His story in the Amazon began with his decision to move, in the mid-1990s, from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus – the capital of Amazonas state. It was here he built, from scratch, the Greenpeace campaign to defend the Amazon Ra... Read more >

  • Brazilian forest code: the battle continues

    Blogpost by Tatiana Carvalho - February 7, 2012 at 13:36

    Greenpeace activists at the COP 17 in Durban, dressed as trees, call on President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to “Save the Amazon, Stop the chainsaws.”

    At the end of 2011, before government officials closed up shop for the holidays, President Dilma demanded final approval on the new Forest Code in Brazil. This new proposal condemns the Brazilian forests and is a deal between government and agribusiness that was made in back rooms and secret meetings. But strong public pressure against the dangerous new code and a lack of consensus inside the Congress prevailed and the final vote was left to 2012.

    The Brazilian Congress returned to work yesterday, and the stage is set for the battle for the Amazon to resume.

    Please take action: Tell Dilma to stop the new Forest Code

     

    The new Code is on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies to be voted on March 6th, but it could be delayed again, because some deputies are not happy ... Read more >

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