In response to the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico this morning, Greenpeace USA Oceans Campaign Director John Hocevar issued the following statement from the Arctic Sunrise a Greenpeace ship currently on a three-month long research expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to study the impacts of the BP Deepwater Disaster:
Days before the United Nations summit on climate change begins in Copenhagen, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners today announced that 100 percent of their new vending machines and coolers will be hydrofluorocarbon-free (1) (HFC-free) by 2015. Coca-Cola is committing to use its scale to aggregate demand and encourage supply as a means of accelerating the transition to HFC-free refrigeration equipment. This announcement is a direct result of work with Greenpeace that began in 2000, and a demonstration that phasing out the use of HFCs is a tangible and near-term action corporations can take to protect the climate.
Three leading conservation groups filed a lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today, to protect the world’s polar bears from extinction as a result of the disappearing Arctic sea ice that they depend on for hunting, mating and travel. The lawsuit points to extensive scientific evidence showing that the unprecedented polar meltdown is the result of global warming.
Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and the city of Boulder, Colorado sued two U.S. government agencies for providing financial assistance to oil and other fossil fuel projects without first evaluating the projects' global warming impacts on the United States.