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  • The cleantech political race begins

    Blogpost by Nathan - May 23, 2011 at 15:59 1 comment

    This weekend, Labour fired the starting gun on their election campaign by offering a glimpse of their vision for rebuilding the nation's economy.

    Bruised from the debate that engulfed last week’s budget cuts, the opposition party have set about putting some distance between themselves and John Key's slash and burn approach to the economy by articulating a cleaner, smarter vision for our future.

    There's no question that the Government's budget was a missed opportunity to create jobs and stimulate sustainable economic recovery by failing to signal investment in our home grown potential in the clean energy sector. Instead, the Government chose to back the nation’s biggest polluters to the tune of nearly a billion dollars of taxpayer’s money, and in doing so deny Kiwi clean tech businesse... Read more >

  • The Flotilla’s back … but we’ve only just begun

    Blogpost by Jay Harkness - May 23, 2011 at 11:15

    If a Petrobras executive had happened to be on Auckland’s waterfront on the morning of Saturday, May 21, they would now be seriously worried about their company’s investment into deep sea oil in New Zealand.

    That’s because they would have seen the strength of the opposition evident at the welcome home for the Flotilla to Stop Deep Sea Oil. It was noisy, passionate, and determined.

    A huge contingent from the iwi te Whānau-ā-Apanui made the trip from the East Cape. As well as being there to celebrate the Flotilla’s achievements, the iwi also wanted to make it clear, as spokeswoman Dayle Takitimu put it, that they are obligated to make sure that deep sea oil drilling does not happen in the Raukumara Basin.  

    Five of the Flotilla vessels were tied up to Princes Wharf: Secret Affair, Tiam... Read more >

  • Will the rush for Arctic oil push us over a stupidity tipping point?

    Blogpost by Iris Cheng - May 20, 2011 at 11:26

    The Arctic sea ice has retreated steadily for the past 10 years reaching record lows, or close to it, every year. The retreat promises to reveal all manner of riches for those willing to risk everything. Unfortunately there seems to be no shortage of takers.

    The world seems to be racing headlong towards a point of no return – one that seems to me best described as a ‘stupidity tipping point’. Allow me to show you:

    Exhibit 1

    Faced with possibly the most worrying and unequivocal sign of climate change, our collective response seems not one of sense and urgency, but more of joy and greed. As the diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks last week showed, respectable national leaders are about to tip over from the realm of reason to descend into a frenzied resource grab. An ‘Arctic carve up’, ... Read more >

  • Pams: a change of tuna

    Blogpost by pcrawfor - May 17, 2011 at 12:57

    Good news last week with the Pams brand starting to take steps towards changing its canned tuna to sustainable sources.

    In the last three weeks more than 5000 of our supporters have emailed the ‘change your tuna’ message to the five main brands of ... Read more >

  • Searching for an Arctic Council that will Rescue the Arctic

    Blogpost by Truls Gulowsen - May 16, 2011 at 12:03

    The ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council in Nuuk has just ended to great fanfare with the foreign ministers from eight countries focusing media on the signing of the new search and rescue agreement. Greenpeace welcomes an empowered Arctic Coun... Read more >

  • Prime Minister Seriously Misrepresents Meeting with Tribal Leaders

    Blogpost by Dayle Takitimu - May 13, 2011 at 11:06 3 comments

    This week John Key has been reported publicly saying “he had met with Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui representatives last week and they had reiterated they were not opposed to progress or mining but wanted reassurance that it be done in a way that wa... Read more >

  • Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between NATO and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands.

    Sound like something from a James Bo... Read more >

  • Destroying the Arctic for a three-year fix

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - May 13, 2011 at 7:39

    How much oil lies under that Arctic ice? 90 billion barrels, according to the US Geological Survey.

    But, how much really is that? If you ask an oil company, that’s a huge amount. With a barrel of oil over the hundred dollar mark, that's nine tril... Read more >

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