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  • Shell's Arctic albatross

    Blogpost by James Turner - January 31, 2014 at 8:08

    Shell's Kulluk platform is grounded in Alaska, January 2013

    God save thee, ancient Mariner!
    From the fiends, that plague thee thus!
    Why look'st thou so?' 'With my cross-bow
    I shot the Albatross.'

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 1798

    A little over ten years ago, Shell decided to invest in a major new project — drilling in the melting Arctic ocean off the Alaskan coast. At the time, oil prices were rocketing upwards and the world's demand for oil seemed to be rising inexorably. Shell believed it could bring modern technology to bear on one of the most hostile environments on the planet, and walk away with some of the estimated 90bn barrels of oil that experts believe exist in the Arctic.

    Fast forward to 2014, and the picture looks rather different. Today in the Hague, Shell's new CEO told an audience of investors that his com...

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  • How L’Oreal committed to stop supporting deforestation

    Blogpost by Areeba Hamid - January 31, 2014 at 7:43

    The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, L’Oreal, has made a landmark promise to remove forest destruction from the products they sell.

    "Because I'm Worth It" is a catchy slogan coined 40 years ago by the French cosmetics company. It spoke about female empowerment and was in fact created by one of the few female copywriters in the industry.

    But now we feel the slogan has taken on a whole new meaning.

    Their commitment to cut forest destruction from their supply chains is a win for consumers and forests around the world.

    We urge l’Oreal to guarantee their products are forest-friendly sooner rather than later and not wait till the 2020 deadline the company has set. If Ferrero can set a deadline for 2015, then so can other companies, L’Oreal included.

    Deforestation for Palm Oil by Bumitama in Indonesia Excavators clear intact peatland forests and build drainage canals in an oil palm concession owned by PT Andalan Sukses Makmur, a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd.

    There’s a good chance th... Read more >

  • Don't bet on coal and oil growth

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - January 28, 2014 at 9:51

    A mind-boggling sum of about $800 for each person on the planet is invested into fossil fuel companies through the global capital markets alone. That’s roughly 10% of the total capital invested in listed companies. The amount of money invested into the 200 biggest fossil fuel companies through financial markets is estimated at 5.5 trillion dollars. This should be an impressive amount of money for anyone reading this. 

    By keeping their money in coal and oil companies, investors are betting a vast amount of wealth, including the pensions and savings of millions of people, on high future demand for dirty fuels. The investment has enabled fossil fuel companies to massively raise their spending on expanding extractable reserves, with oil and gas companies alone (state-owned ones included) spend... Read more >

  • You can’t sink a rainbow, you can’t seize a sunrise

    Blogpost by Alex Harris - January 24, 2014 at 15:44

    Alex Harris ar the Greenpeace office in London Read more >

    I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September.

    Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive. Alive with the sound of barking dogs, prison alarms and prisoners shouting through their barred windows.

    A guard handed me a plastic mug, a tin steel bowl, a spoon, a folded up mattress and a sheet. That’s all I had, that and a toothbrush and a book in my pocket, when the guards closed the steel green door on me. The sound of the slamming door echoed throughout the corridor. I was alone and afraid.

    As days in prison passed I became stronger.  As weeks passed I became hopeful. In prison they take away ...

  • One of the most challenging weeks of my working life starts today: the week of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

    Over 2,500 Presidents, Prime Minsters, CEOs, Celebrities and Academics with a smattering of civil society, will be holed up in a small and posh mountain resort in Switzerland to discuss, in the words of the WEF, “improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

    At a moment when 20th century power structures typified by the Davos devotees, try to squeeze the last buck out of a denuded environment and a failing industrial complex, new power structures are emerging, together with new threats, new solutions and new opportunities.

    Many pay up to 250...

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  • Business leaders give forest destroyer April one year to reform

    Blogpost by Richardg - January 22, 2014 at 16:14