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  • Typhoon Hagupit © NASA Goddard MODIS

    As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago.

    "One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime" strikes a sickening chord. Is this peacetime or are we at war with nature?

    I was about to head to Lima, when I got a call to come to the Philippines to support our office and its work around Typhoon Hagupit (which means lash). In Lima another round of the UN climate talks are underway to negotiate a global treaty to prevent catastrophic climate change. A truce of sorts with nature.

    But these negotiations have been going on far too long, with insufficient urgency and too much behind the scene... Read more >

  • Vote! #RenameHagupit

    Blogpost by Stephanie Brancaforte - December 6, 2014 at 9:34

    Typhoon Hagupit is barreling toward the Philippines, a year almost to the day since supertyphoon Haiyan killed thousands and devastated an entire city. While we can't directly attribute any one superstorm to climate change, we do know that the strongest typhoons are getting stronger.

    Climate change isn't the Philippines' fault, but its people are losing their livelihoods and paying for the clean-up. And it's not just a chance of nature: detailed research has shown that 90 Big Polluters, including coal, oil, and gas companies, are responsible for nearly two-thirds of carbon emissions.

    Now it's time for the world's leaders and the media to start calling the problem by its real name: let's name the typhoon after one of the biggest companies making a fortune from killing the climate. The more... Read more >

  • Sustainable St... #WCPFC turn here!

    Blogpost by Lagi Toribau - December 5, 2014 at 19:06

    Fish don’t talk, but if they did they'd be asking the Pacific Tuna Commission just how rare they need to become before anyone will step in to save them." Fish don’t talk, but fishing industry people do… operational level data. FAD ban periods, bigeye measures, endless negotiation in endless side meetings, side meetings of side meetings, arguments and agreements winding up and down in the last few days in the tuna meeting in Samoa. All talk, and no action.

    Members of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the coastal states, the distant water fishing powers, governments, industry, scientists and NGOs gathered in Samoa to spend the week discussing the  sustainable management of tuna in the Pacific.

    According to the science committee’s August stock assessment, the bigeye stock in ... Read more >

  • Utmost faith in corporations? You must be kidding me!

    Blogpost by Nandikesh Sivalingam - December 4, 2014 at 11:17

    Meeting of Union Carbide Survivors in Bhopal © Greenpeace / Shailendra Yashwant

    Today marks the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy, the deadliest in human history. The aftereffects continue to haunt the Bhopalis even after the victims’ 3rd generation has been born. What’s even worse is the post tragedy scenario - the apathy that subsequent governments have shown in dealing with it. It’s a known fact that till today, the impacted people are awaiting justice and there are continuing health and environmental issues. One can say that the Umbrella law (Environment Protection Act 1986) was enacted as a fallout of the disaster in order to protect the environment and people from such events in the future.

    Demonstration at Union Carbide factory gates, Bhopal 2001© Greenpeace / Raghu Rai

    In this context, let us look at a review that the current government had commissioned under the ex-cabinet secretary, Mr.T... Read more >

  • A rainbow from Machu Picchu to Düsseldorf

    Blogpost by Sven Teske - December 2, 2014 at 9:31

    Peru! What comes to mind when you think of Peru? Right! The mysterious Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which attract and inspire so many people from around the world, and still have scientists puzzling over their origin.

    Last night, Greenpeace paid tribute to the old Inca culture, also sometimes referred to as the enlightened ones. They believed in the positive energy of the sun, and so do we.

    Projection on Machu Picchu Ahead of UN Climate Summit © Thomas Reinecke (TV NEWS) / Greenpeace

    Act for the Climate! Go Solar!

    "Act for the Climate! Go Solar" was the message we projected onto Huayna Picchu, the mountain that overlooks the ancient city. Why here and why now?

    Today, the twentieth UN climate conference (COP20) begins in the Peruvian capital, Lima.

    This is the last major round of negotiations before a new climate treaty is expected to be agreed in Paris in a year's time – a trea... Read more >

  • Government spying undermines climate action

    Blogpost by Andrew Kerr - December 1, 2014 at 10:37

    Unless you’ve been living in a hole in the ground or in a galaxy far, far away you won’t have missed media revelations about government security services snooping on our every communication.

    Personal phone calls and e-mails are among the data routinely scooped up and stored for possible later scrutiny. It makes a mockery of the notion of personal privacy.

    As private citizens we express, or supress, our outrage and get on with our day-to-day lives. We call, text and mail our nearest and dearest with our most intimate secrets. In the back of our minds we hope that ‘someone’ is there to prevent the descent into an Orwellian dystopia. Or we ignore it and reckon it doesn’t affect us.

    When individuals snoop, it’s called ‘hacking’ and they are pursued to the ends of the Earth. When governments ... Read more >

  • Lima: A positive end to a breakthrough year for the climate movement?

    Blogpost by Daniel Mittler - December 1, 2014 at 10:34

    There is no question: 2014 has been a key year for the politics of climate change already, even before the latest round of climate talks get under way in Lima, Peru, next week. 

    This is the year that you, and people like you, turned the latest, frightening warnings from climate science into a message of hope and defiance. More than 400,000 people marching in New York to call for fast and just climate action were the powerful symbol of a climate movement reawakening all over the world.

    People's Climate March in New York CityParticipants in the People's Climate March make their way through the streets of New York City. The march, two-days before the United Nations Climate Summit, is billed as the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is a global weekend of action on climate change. More than 2000 events are planned over 6 continents, including huge rallies in New York and London. The summit, called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, will be attended by more than 120 world leaders and will be the largest gathering of world leaders to discuss climate change since the Copenhagen Summit in 2009.09/21/2014 © Greenpeace / Michael Nagle

    As historic as the march in New York was, the end of China´s coal boom, the very boom that made the first ten years of the 21st century the worst ever for our global climate was also important. The latest data shows coal use falling faster than thought in China. If this turn into a long term trend, China´s e... Read more >

  • Saving Peatland With the President

    Blogpost by Longgena Ginting - November 28, 2014 at 11:04

    Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing peatland and rainforest destruction and took decisive action to stop it. With your support, we have just made a major step forward in the battle to protect forests and the climate.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo Visits Sungai Tohor Community in Riau© Ardiles Rante/Greenpeace

    President Jokowi made his visit to support Abdul Manan, a villager from Sungai Tohor, a small community in fire-ravaged Riau province. Manan had petitioned the president to come witness for himself the devastating impacts on the province of decades of forest and peatland destruction by the pulp and palm oil industries.

    We knew President Jokowi was serious right away. When bad we... Read more >

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