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  • Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

    Blogpost by Jamie Woolley - April 2, 2016 at 16:39

    Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

    Sumatran rhino Way Kambas National ParkA rhino in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia (2008)

    An excited WWF team released details of how the female rhino was safely captured in East Kalimantan (part of Indonesian Borneo) earlier this month and has now been transported to a more protected region. Over the last few years, evidence from camera traps and footprints has indicated that these rhinos still survived in Borneo's forests, but this is the first known encounter with a live animal since the early 1970s.

    The rather inaccurately-named Sumatran rhino was once found across l... Read more >

  • First faces of fortress Europe

    Blogpost by Dave Logie - April 2, 2016 at 16:36
    It’s officially spring in the Northern Hemisphere but nobody seems to have told the weather gods in Lesbos. As 50-knot gusts of wind thump the island from the south, at least they bring welcome warm air and time to put some thoughts to paper.

    MSF and Greenpeace Launch Life Saving Operations in the Aegean Sea

    It's the prevailing north wind that raises our guard as it puts the Turkish beaches in the lee and gives refugees the wrong impression of sea conditions further out on their perilous journey. It's a colder wind that brought snow and countless cases of hypothermia in the past. Beware the northerlies.

    At the end of March, Greenpeace is wrapping up its refugee rescue operation on the Greek island of Lesbos and handing over to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) who are ready to take full charge of the operation for the longer ... Read more >

  • The Tapajós River – in the heart of the Amazon  is home to thousands of people and incomparable biodiversity. But all that could change if a proposed mega-dam project moves forward.

    Greenpeace Brazil activists have joined forces with Munduruku Indigenous leaders to protest the Brazilian government's plans to build a mega dam on the Tapajós river, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in the Pará state. 18 Mar, 2016 © Fábio Nascimento / Greenpeace

    At the moment you’re reading this, the Tapajós River is flowing unimpeded through rainforest deep in the Brazilian Amazon. Its waters teem with life  including pink river dolphins! Its banks are home to hundreds of types of birds, lizards, and amphibians, as well as mammals like the jaguar, giant anteater and ocelot.

    Thousands of Munduruku Indigenous Peoples depend on this river and its thriving ecosystem for their livelihoods, as they have for centuries. But all this could change if the Brazilian government moves forward with a plan to construct a series of forty dams along the Tapajós River basin.

    Map of the Tapajos river basin

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  • A big deal for our ocean

    Blogpost by Magnus Eckeskog - March 28, 2016 at 8:40

    Today governments from all over the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to develop a new treaty to save our oceans. We will be there to ensure clear rules for the creation of sanctuaries that will give our oceans the protection they desperately need.

    Whale Shark in Cenderawasih Bay  © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    The ocean belongs to all of us. There’s no other place on the planet that is as rich in diverse, beautiful, weird and wonderful creatures. This fragile treasure is threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction and expanding extractive activities such as oil and gas exploitation and deep-sea mining. The added pressures of climate change and increasing ocean acidification is damaging our ocean’s ability to perform its vital functions. As the first UN Oceans Assessment points out: urgent global action is needed to protect the wor... Read more >

  • Fighting for Social Justice, from South Auckland to the High Seas

    Blogpost by Tim McKinnel - March 24, 2016 at 11:50

    Tim McKinnel manages investigative work for Greenpeace's global tuna campaign. The investigations focus on illegal fishing and human rights abuses​ in the fishing industry​ around the world.

    From 2009 to 2015 Tim led the investigation into the wrongful conviction of Teina Pora. Mr Pora had spent 21 years in prison for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. In March 2015 the Privy Council quashed Mr Pora's convictions. Tim speaks about his experiences below.

    Fighting for Social Justice, from South Auckland to the High Seas

    In March 2015 the Privy Council in London quashed Teina Pora’s New Zealand convictions for the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett. Teina had spent almost 22 years in prison for a crime that, it seemed clear to me, he had nothing to do with. The most incriminati... Read more >

  • Coal is not LOL: 10 Reasons to Shut Huntly Coal

    Blogpost by Kamal Sunker - March 23, 2016 at 12:21

    New Zealand’s last remaining coal fired power station, Huntly, was due to be shut in 2018. But after colluding with other power companies in closed-door meetings, Huntly’s owner, Genesis Energy, is reconsidering those plans. We say that’s a well bad idea: Genesis must get rid of this coal-belching dinosaur and #ShutHuntlyCoal.

    Update: Genesis has announced that it will keep the coal burners going until 2022

    Head on over to the Genesis Energy facebook page and let them know what you think.

    Here’s 10 reasons to shut the Huntly coal burners ...

    1.What The Pope said

    Coal is one of the worst carbon polluters. In June 2015, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, warned of “unprecedented destruction of ecosystems” and “serious consequences for all of us” if human... Read more >

  • Yesterday, Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in our country’s history, and it was a beautiful thing.

    Inspired by the peaceful civil-disobedience of Te Whiti o Rongomai, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and Rosa Parks, close to 300 people blocked all entrances to New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference. They did it simply with their bodies, and when the police asked them to move, they politely declined.

    The message it sent to the oil industry was unmistakable. We are not going to stand by and allow the search for oil that we cannot afford to burn to continue. People power is strong and this peoples’ climate movement is getting stronger by the day. We grew stronger and we re-learned something importantIf your strategy is good en... Read more >

  • In April 2014, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a tiny island country part of Micronesia, filed groundbreaking lawsuits to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the world’s nine nuclear-armed countries. Now, almost two years later, the ICJ has heard preliminary oral arguments in three of the cases.

    The Rainbow Warrior passing the island of Rongelap, Marshall Islands (1985).The Rainbow Warrior passing the island of Rongelap, Marshall Islands (1985).

    Between 1946 and 1958, 67 nuclear tests were conducted by the US in the Marshalls, making it one of the most contaminated places in the world. With a population of less than 70,000, the Islanders suffered greatly from the impact of radiation; the land and sea poisoned as well. In 1985, the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior helped to relocate the residents of one of the most severely impacted islands, Ron... Read more >

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