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  • Sweat, EU vs. US on Science, and a Movie - Durban

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 1, 2011 at 10:38

    Read the original post on Kumi's Huffington Post blog

     

    Of the many things I'd forgotten about my home town of Durban, the one I'm reminded of most often is the humidity. When we were kids here we'd go to discos and be dripping with sweat after a few minutes of dancing. It's the same thirty years later as we race from our solar tent on the beach to a speaking appointment to the conference centre where the talks are taking place. A huge storm on Sunday night cleared the air for a while (tragically eight people died in the city in landslides) but now once again the air was thick with moisture, with hope, with occasional despair and always with UN acronyms.

    The GCF (Green Climate Fund) is a body set up to administer the pot of money to pay for developing countries to adapt to t... Read more >

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    © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

    Fair play to Cairn Energy. It may not be any good at finding oil under the Arctic, but its press releases are guaranteed to raise a smile. Take today’s news on its 2011 Greenland drilling programme, for example, which was supposed to be the money-spinning project that would open up the Frozen North to a new oil rush and deliver billions of barrels of black gold.

    Or at least it was on paper.

    Although Cairn has admitted to having spent hundreds of millions of pounds hiring huge rigs to work in some of the most inhospitable waters on the planet, all it has managed to do is drill a few dry holes. After analysing samples from two wells in the Atammik Block, the wildcat British firm has found no commercially extractable oil at all. The wells ... Read more >

  • The world is turning its back on nuclear power

    Blogpost by Justin McKeating - November 30, 2011 at 11:07

    That’s the key conclusion of the BBC’s poll into public attitudes towards nuclear power released last week. Conducted in 23 countries, the poll found that for only 22% of those people asked, “nuclear power is relatively safe and an important source of electricity, and we should build more nuclear power plants”.

    In countries with operational nuclear reactors, the poll’s findings are a damning indictment for the nuclear industry:

    In contrast, 71% thought their country "could almost entirely replace coal and nuclear energy within 20 years by becoming highly energy-efficient and focusing on generating energy from the Sun and wind".

    Globally, 39% want to continue using existing reactors without building new ones, while 30% would like to shut everything down now.

    The UK and the US wer... Read more >

  • New Forest Code will condemn the Amazon rainforest

    Blogpost by Nathalia Clark - November 30, 2011 at 9:59

    Last week senators in Brazil approved a text that condemns the Brazilian forests, a deal between government and agribusiness made in back rooms and secret meetings, and they rejected an amendment that calls for a ten-year moratorium on deforestation in the Amazon. This rejection revealed the true intentions behind the new Forest Code text and the sector that is behind the change.

    The moratorium amendment was a chance to make official what we have learned in recent years as deforestation has decreased in Brazil – you don’t need to cut down trees to increase production. However, the agribusiness sector got the best of the process and the new Forest Code text only pays lip service to saving the forests, while in reality it paves the way for more destruction.

    The final vote in the Senate ... Read more >

  • One world - two realities

    Blogpost by Dima Litvinov - November 28, 2011 at 9:29

    Last week I heard two completely different views of the same thing. One came from a top Swedish government official at a seminar on board the Greenpeace flag ship Rainbow Warrior dedicated to drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.  

    The second view was voiced  by an old Nenets woman from the Yamal peninsula at the very top or Russian mainland, an area which over past few decades has become one of the most actively developing gas fields in the world.

    Nenetskvinnor på Yamal-halvön Lena Ek - miljöminister
    Nenets reindeer herders of the Yamal peninsula, whose traditional lifestyle is threatened by encroachment of oil and gas production in the Arctic.  Lena Ek - Swedish Environment minister

    At the seminar in the balmy November Stockholm, the Swedish minister of the environment Lena  Ek defended the Swedish ambassador to t... Read more >

  • And the winner of the 2011 Greenpeace film competition is...

    Blogpost by Richardg - November 27, 2011 at 12:28

     

    ...Johannes Laidler and Andreas Borlinghaus for Pretending!

    Last night film makers from across Europe gathered at the Curzon Soho in central London, with one question on their minds: who had won the Greenpeace Film Competition?

    We'd challenged people to make short films that exposed how Volkswagen was misleading the public - claiming to be eco-friendly whilst lobbying against key climate laws. We'd only given filmmakers two weeks - and the response was an astounding eighty films. After weeks of voting, that was whittled down to a shortlist of twelve.

    In an award ceremony to rival the Oscars - but with a lower budget and shorter acceptance speeches - we gave out three awards, each with an amazing trophy made from recycled Volkswagen parts by Daniel Harding of HotPod. (I'm tol... Read more >

  • Pirates of the Pacific

    Blogpost by JulietteH - November 26, 2011 at 9:08

    Yesterday we found evidence of high seas pirates illegally fishing tuna in the Pacific.

     

    The high seas pockets have long been a playground for pirate fishermen making it difficult for surrounding Pacific Island countries to manage their shared fish stocks. Since 2008, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (the international body responsible for governing the overall management of the Pacific tuna fisheries) closed high seas pockets 1 and 2 to purse seine fishing.

    In January 2010, an additional agreement by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) closed additional areas of high seas to purse seine fishing, protecting 4.5 million square kilometers of the Pacific. That's an area approximately half the size of Europe.

    However, pirate (or Illegal, Unreport... Read more >

  • A Solid Statement

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 25, 2011 at 10:55

    This morning we received a call from a journalist asking whether it was Greenpeace that had subverted the Solid Energy website:  solidenergy.co.nz

    The site had been redirected to an alternate page that carries an anti-lignite mining video message and a small note published on the Indymedia website claims:

    “Hacktivists deface Solid Energy NZ website solidenergy.co.nz to raise awareness about lignite coal mining.”

    Did Greenpeace do it? No. Do we wish it was us that did it? Yes!

    Solid Energy’s plans to rip thousands of tons of lignite out of the ground in Southland is plain stupid. The message on Solid Energy’s revamped website this morning is bang on.

    Lignite mining, deep sea oil drilling and mining national parks are all indicators of a Government steering this country in entirely the wr... Read more >

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