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  • Deniers exposed. Confirmed again: climate change is real.

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 25, 2011 at 9:34

    In an amusing turn of events today, a scientific study funded largely by climate skeptics has shown that the established scientific consensus on climate change is, in fact, correct.

    It comes as no surprise to Greenpeace that the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) programme has found that the world is – wait for it – rapidly warming. The study puts them in agreement with what top climate-science institutions NASA and NOAA, and the University of East Anglia in the UK, have been saying for decades.

    The programme – which was largely funded our favourite ‘1%’ oil billionaires the Koch Brothers – intentionally assembled a group of scientists from a range of positions on climate change, including many who had never worked on the issue before. This way, the scientific group could not be ... Read more >

  • Today, I have the honour of congratulating Greenpeace photographer Daniel Beltra on becoming the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Daniel made his winning picture for Greenpeace, of oil-soaked brown pelicans at a temporary bird-rescue facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, while documenting the environmental impacts caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    During Daniel’s 15-years with Greenpeace, he has spent long weeks on board ships and in remote locations, becoming a world-class photographer, and a dedicated environmental campaigner . His exhibitions and publications on international projects such as Southern Ocean whaling, global rainforest destruction and ocean defence have become a means for Daniel to voice his environmenta... Read more >

  • Occupy the world

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - October 21, 2011 at 11:31

    Credit: NASA

    At the weekend my twitter feed was alive with news of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including in my adopted city of Amsterdam, taking a stand in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    It is a movement that has quickly spread far beyond the shadows of Wall Street’s skyscrapers, and the reason is simple - all over the world, citizens are tired of profit being put before people and the planet.

    Greenpeace is tired of polluting corporations with vested interests dictating policy to governments, without concern for the consequences for those who have to live with them. We are tired of corporations controlling the quality of the air, people’s access to food and the availability of clean, safe energy. As an organisation and... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's 'green' labeling called into question

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - October 21, 2011 at 11:24

    With an abundance of ‘green’ labelled paper and furniture products available, we consumers have more power than ever to support a growing market for wood and paper products that do not come at the cost of biodiversity, the regulation of our climate, or the livelihoods of forest communities.

    But, with so many green labels on the market, with numerous claims about the well managed forests that our products come from, we need to ask ourselves what lies behind these claims.

    Back in August, you may recall that we exposed Cottonsoft – one of New Zealand’s best known toilet paper brands who are now owned by notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper – for it’s links to deforestation in Indonesia. Forensic testing by one of the world’s leading labs in the US confirmed that rainforest ti... Read more >

  • Send your message of solidarity to Japanese women staging anti-nuclear sit-in in Tokyo

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - October 21, 2011 at 11:18

    Everyday, the people of Japan continue to live with the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The aftermath has brought many scary realities to day-to-day life: the nuclear contamination of food supplies, the existence of radiation hotspots in public areas, children returning to schools where dangerous radiation levels have been detected.

    In response, women from the Fukushima area are organizing a three-day sit-in, beginning on October 27th, in front of the Ministry of Economy in Tokyo,where they will protest against nuclear power and the threat to life it represents, not only to Japan, but to the whole planet. They are asking for your support, and you can send a message directly to the women via this e-mail address:

    Here is the message of suppo... Read more >

  • Rainbow Warrior sets sail with a hold full of stories

    Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald - October 20, 2011 at 14:01

    The new Rainbow Warrior

    We've set sail. The world's first crowd-funded, hyper-efficient, purpose-built environmental activist sailing ship has left harbour in Bremen and we're on our way to Hamburg.

    To all of you who made this voyage possible, you have the thanks of some very happy and inspired crewmembers who are quite literally learning the ropes as we begin the maiden voyage. We'll be putting the ship through its paces, sea trialling the sail rig as we make a thank-you tour to show off the ship that 100,000+ donors bought piece by piece. Ports of call include Hamburg, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Marseilles, Genoa, Barcelona, then across the Atlantic to the Amazon and the Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, before heading to New York.

    We'd like you to come along and find your own way around this historic ship, me... Read more >

  • John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK

    Blogpost by John Sauven, Executive Director Greenpeace UK - October 20, 2011 at 10:32

    I’ve been working with Greenpeace for more than 20 years and until now I had never been deported from any country. Until last week, that is, when I tried to enter Indonesia to spend time with our staff in Jakarta in support of their work against deforestation. During my visit I was due to meet with a number of government officials, the UK ambassador, and one of the country’s largest palm oil producers. I was also planning to bear witness to the deforestation caused by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in Sumatra for myself. I had the correct visa, issued from the Indonesian embassy in London, but apparently that doesn’t count for much when you are part of an organization fighting against companies who have powerful connections in government. After getting off the plane in Jakarta I arrived at ... Read more >

  • Medical and Military Experts agree on climate action

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 20, 2011 at 10:24

    Medical and military experts agree that when it comes to climate change, just as in their own fields, “Prevention is the best solution”.


    Today in London, leading doctors, scientists and security experts met to discuss the ‘Health and Security Perspectives of Climate Change‘.

     

    You can follow tweets from the conference: #healthandsecurity
    Conference program and speakers: http://climatechange.bmj.com/programme

    They urged governments to enact legislation to stop the building of new, unabated coal-fired power stations. (‘Unabated’ means no new coal-fired

    power stations unless they have Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) underground. And because we know that ‘clean coal’ doesn’t exist, this would actually mean no new coal.) Like Greenpeace, they advocate for a phase out of existing coal...

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