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  • COP17 - Week one round up

    Blogpost by Jess Miller - December 4, 2011 at 12:21

    For a week now government negotiators working on the plan for ‘Long Term Co-operative Action’ on climate change have been scattered across a conference  center in Durban, South Africa negotiating over the wide range of issues not covered by the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. This includes two questions central to the success of these talks. The first is how to fund renewable energy and forest protection measures in developing countries, and how to support people living in those countries to adapt to climate change. The second is the question of whether or not countries will agree to sign a new comprehensive legally binding treaty by 2015.

    This morning all of the different viewpoints of the countries here were brought together in a single document – the draft text that will now b... Read more >

  • The carbon footprint of New Zealand milk could be much larger than Fonterra claims.

    A new report released today reveals that Fonterra’s continued use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) as a supplementary feed on dairy farms could have produced up to 8.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire annual greenhouse gas emissions.

    Titled ‘The carbon cost of palm kernel expeller from Malaysia and Indonesia’ this is the first fully transparent report produced on the carbon footprint created by PKE. Last year, a record breaking 1.4 million tonnes of palm product, which is currently unsustainably produced, was imported in to New Zealand to feed Fonterra’s industrial dairying operation.

    The huge carbon footprint of palm kernel...

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  • Telling the oil companies the truth

    Blogpost by Jon Burgwald - December 2, 2011 at 11:11

    Protest against Arctic oil drilling, Copenhagen

    Today, the Greenland Bureau of Mineral and Petroleum invited the world’s biggest oil companies to a meeting that can have extreme importance for the future of the Arctic. Greenland wants to open up an untouched area of the North-East Greenland waters; oil companies such as Shell, BP and Statoil have thrown all caution over board and are ready to drill. But today we decided to tell the oil companies the truth - and they were surprisingly willing to listen.

    When the oil industry people arrived to the site of the meeting, Greenpeace activists greeted them with a red carpet drenched in oil, hand-banners, and a huge floating banner that read“Protect the Arctic: No License to Drill”. This should be enough to remind them that they cannot ruin the pristine Arctic without resistance. Historical... Read more >

  • Uncanning the Italian tuna industry's secrets

    Blogpost by Giorgia Monti, Greenpeace Italy - December 1, 2011 at 11:46

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    Giorgia Monti, Greenpeace Italy oceans campaigner

    Italy is one of the biggest markets for canned tuna in Europe, with more than 140.000 tons sold every year.  The reality is that few consumers actually know what species of tuna they buy for their meal every day. In recent weeks, Greenpeace volunteers have been working in 70 cities throughout Italy checking the labels on more than 2000 tins of the most popular brands sold in 170 retail locations. The results were made public last week in a Greenpeace Italy report "The secrets of tuna: what is hidden in a tin?" What our volunteers found was not surprising, but also very troubling. Only half of the tins we found actually give the common tuna name on the can, even fewer the scientific name, only 7% of the surveyed products reveal the area ... Read more >

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

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - December 1, 2011 at 11:38

    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 >



    © 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 12:07

    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 10:59

    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 >

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