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  • Spending a day with Shell

    Blogpost by Phil Ball - May 21, 2014 at 14:11
    Phil Ball, member of the Arctic30 confronting board and CEO of Shell at the  annual general meeting. May 20 2014, the Hague, Netherlands.

    Spending a day with Shell. At the Annual General Meeting of the oil major that is.

    Shell has spent 5 billion dollar in the Arctic. 'What do you have to show for it? I asked them. Zero energy. Zero profit. A humiliating series of failures which the new CEO, Ben van Beurden called 'shortcomings in our logistics'. Subtle way of putting it, if you recall a juicy quote of a US Coast Guard official recently, who described Shell's irresponsible Arctic adventures in Alaska as 'a guarantee for ass kicking'.

    So in order to help Shell into the right direction, I asked 'has the board set a date by which they will have spent enough money for NO return?'

    At the Shell AGM

    The response was...
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  • Antarctica’s Glaciers are Collapsing - Are We Ready To Pay Attention?

    Blogpost by Dave Walsh - May 19, 2014 at 14:23

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    The “irreversible collapse” of glaciers in Antarctica is dominating headlines around the world this week. News outlets are breathlessly reporting that the dramatic rise in sea levels that’s now on the cards. So what does it mean? Should we panic? Do we need to grab the family, and head for the hills?

    Well, no, we shouldn’t panic. Not yet. If we’re going to freak out, we should perhaps be more constructive - and get real about our carbon emissions,  energy efficiency, adaption and supporting the people who needs the most help. Let’s be clear - it’s not as if a giant ice cube has been dropped into the Southern Ocean, generating a monster tsunami. We don’t need to start filling a large wooden boat with two of every living creature and one Russell Crowe, either.

    On a human scale, the proces...

  • If you go down to the concrete jungle today, you’re sure to get a surprise. If you’re in town to cut some deals, you’ll never believe your eyes.

    For there’s a bear who shouldn’t be there. Because she’s losing her home in the Arctic.

    Yesterday the government delivered a Budget with a deficit in ambition. It completely failed to back our clean energy innovators. Today, at Skycity in Auckland, the Prime Minister met with a bunch of business executives. And no doubt there was some back-slapping and high fives all round.

    Pastries, cheese scrolls and sausages on sticks were scoffed as John Key wandered around shaking hands. Maybe the National party coffers might even see a little boost too from the assembled suits.


    But the polar bear was also trying to get into the room to remi...

  • 6 reasons stopping deforestation (still) matters

    Blogpost by Jason Schwartz - May 15, 2014 at 20:41

    Over the past few years, we’ve gained significant ground in getting major companies to move toward forest-friendly business models. You might think that means deforestation is beginning to be a thing of the past.

    We want it to be. Unfortunately, threats to forests are only increasing. Just last year, the rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rose — for the first time since 2008.

    A barge loaded with timber in Para state. The top image of this post also depicts logging operations in Para.

    Deforestation is not just an environmental issue. It’s an everything issue. Here are six reasons you can tell.

    1. Forest loss is not decreasing. Although they still cover about 30% of the earth’s land area, we lose an area roughly equivalent to the size of Panama in forested land every year... Read more >

  • Is the Green Party banking on an oily future?

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - May 14, 2014 at 15:34

    Yesterday, the Green Party launched a pre-budget policy … “as a first step in accelerating New Zealand's transition to a smarter greener economy” …but from what we’ve seen so far, there a few glaring issues with how they propose to get the green economy into the black.

    They’ve said they would set up a “Green Investment Bank”, if they get into government. The bank would use public funds to leverage private investment, in order to rewire our economy and harness New Zealand’s clean energy expertise. Co-leader Russel Norman argues it could reduce pollution, create jobs and deliver solutions to environmental problems like climate change.

    And as was pointed out, New Zealand would not be the first to create such a bank. Many of our trading partners in UK, Germany and the US have successfully set...

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  • FSC at a Crossroads

    Blogpost by Catharine Grant - May 13, 2014 at 10:26

    Greenpeace considers the Forest Stewardship Council to be the only credible global certification standard for good forest management. There are many reasons for this, but it is mostly because FSC is a three-chamber system that has representation from economic players as well as environmental NGOs and social groups. It also sets the highest ecological bar because its mandate is to "protect forests" and to only allow responsible forestry.