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  • Japan's 'research whaling' ruled illegal by International Court of Justice

    Blogpost by Tom Ganderton - April 1, 2014 at 8:56

    UPDATE:  The Government of Japan has officially cancelled plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this coming year. Detailed update at bottom.



    Original post:

    Whales everywhere will be jumping for joy today. Why? Japan's sham 'scientific whaling' programme has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court!

    At 10am, the judges of the International Court of Justice handed down its long-anticipated decision on whether Japan's government-subsidised whaling programme in the Southern Ocean should be allowed to continue.

    While today's ruling did not outlaw the killing of whales for scientific research per se, it categorically stated that Japan's whaling programme in the Southern Ocean was not for scientific purposes, and the amount of whales being killed was not justifiable ... Read more >

  • Reality bytes

    Blogpost by Ana Mules - March 28, 2014 at 14:14

    Momma do the laundry, momma pay the bills, momma cook the food, yo, I ain’t going nowhere. Simply because I can’t.

    Life has just got a bit too hard for our youth - growing up means death by debt. House debt, educational debt, iDebt.

    So why not flag adulthood. Party more. Update the Facebook profile. Stalk hot Tinder chicks on that smart phone you can’t really afford. Scoff some nachos. That’s what a Millennial would do.

    Kim Dotcom launched his Internet Party yesterday and he’s hunting the youth. The Millennial’s, whom many parties have wined and dined but failed to score. It’s a collection of bright, remarkable people that have just as much to offer as any other group of New Zealanders of any other generation, but due to unfortunate timing they find themselves stuck in an impossible rut.... Read more >

  • P&G gets a timely reminder: destroying forests is not “sustainable”

    Blogpost by Areeba Hamid - March 27, 2014 at 20:52

    So, P&G is still ignoring nearly 400,000 of us who've written to its CEO, Alan G. Lafley. And P&G is still claiming the company is "committed to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil".

    But today, we did something it can't ignore: we took the message right to P&G's door. The company behind brands such as Head & Shoulders was today confronted with protests in five different countries, and fresh evidence that shows just how big the gap is between their spokespeople's words and the reality on the ground.

    In Indonesia, 20 activists unfurled a giant banner from the top floor of P&G's national headquarters in Jakarta and activists took part in colourful street theatre to demand forest-friendly products. The managers refused to meet Greenpeace.

    In the Philippines, "tigers" set ... Read more >

  • Lessons from Exxon Valdex, 25 years later

    Blogpost by Richard Steiner - March 25, 2014 at 9:38