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Coal fuels climate change

Background | 1 July, 2016 at 12:57

Coal, the most polluting way to generate electricity, is a serious threat to our climate. Burning coal is the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. Coal mining also releases the potent greenhouse gas methane. Yet...

Coal's thirst for water

Background | 1 July, 2016 at 12:59

Essential for all life, water is arguably our planet's most important natural resource. Yet every year, the coal industry's eight thousand power plants around the world use enough fresh water to meet the basic needs of one billion people.

Coal plants pollute the air

Background | 1 July, 2016 at 13:01

For too long the coal industry has used our atmosphere like an open sewer for its airborne pollution. These emissions fuel climate change, but they also pose a serious threat to our health and environment. These threats include smog, acid rain,...

Coal mining impacts

Background | 1 July, 2016 at 13:03

Mining is the first step in the dirty life cycle of coal. When coal mines move in, whole communities are forced off their land by expanding mines, coal fires, subsidence, and overused and contaminated water supplies. Mines are quick to dig up and...

Quit Coal

Topic | 1 July, 2016 at 14:30

The coal industry stands in the way of a safe and healthy future for us all. From destructive mines to polluting stacks and toxic ash dumps, coal lays waste to our environment. Coal threatens our most basic needs: clean water to drink, clean air...

Global Shift

Publication | 18 October, 2017 at 8:00

According to recent news reports, coal power is being squeezed between two trends: the shrinking deployment of new coal plants and the accelerating retirement of old coal plants.

Cancelling new coal plants in Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan would save 50,000 lives a year

Press release | 13 January, 2017 at 1:00

Hong Kong, 13 January 2017 - Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to a groundbreaking peer reviewed study from researchers at...

Facebook

Topic | 28 April, 2010 at 20:00

After 20 months of mobilizing, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. This is the campaign timeline.

Greenpeace activists protest against coal shipment, demand G20 leaders #EndCoal

Press release | 2 July, 2017 at 11:43

Hamburg, 2 July 2017 – Greenpeace activists have protested against the arrival of a coal ship in Hamburg today, demanding that G20 leaders meeting in the German port city next week swiftly end the use of coal and ramp up global climate action.

Greenpeace International statement on Executive Order: Trump can’t stop clean energy...

Press release | 28 March, 2017 at 21:15

Amsterdam, 28 March 2017 - Responding to President Trump’s latest Executive Order, which attempts to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, amongst other climate actions, Jennifer Morgan, Greenpeace International Executive Director, said:

UNESCO decision exposes Australia’s stunning hypocrisy on the Great Barrier Reef

Press release | 5 July, 2017 at 10:38

Krakow, 5 July 2017 - UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee expressed it serious concern for the state of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, just weeks after releasing a study that warned keeping global warming at well below 1.5-2°C above pre-industrial...

Largest global civil disobedience in the history of the climate movement concludes

Press release | 16 May, 2016 at 6:30

Hong Kong, 16 May 2016 - Twelve days of worldwide actions from NGOs, local organisations and communities against fossil fuels have just concluded, showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground.

Stockholm Water Week 2014: 'energy and water'

Background | 3 September, 2014 at 9:50

Global water consumption by the power sector is growing and is expected to more than double by 2035, with coal projects accounting for 50% of increased water use.

G7 leaders must move faster on promise to decarbonise global economy

Press release | 26 May, 2016 at 4:50

Ise-Shima, Japan, 26 May 2016 - World leaders in Japan for the G7 Summit must use the opportunity to build on last year’s commitment to decarbonise the global economy over the course of this century, says Greenpeace. Since then the Paris...

Villagers met with violence while protecting olive trees

Press release | 21 October, 2014 at 18:55

Soma, Turkey, 21 October 2014 – 11 local villagers and Greenpeace Mediterranean activists were today handcuffed, beaten and hospitalized while peacefully protecting a Yirca village olive grove from being unlawfully razed for a proposed Kolin...

Greenpeace backs Kiribati President’s call for an end to coal

Press release | 13 August, 2015 at 3:51

South Tarawa, Kiribati, 13 August 2015 - Kiribati President Anote Tong today called for a global and immediate moratorium on all new coal mines and coal mine expansions, and has called on all State leaders to back his call to action in the lead...

Urgent call from Pacific nations for dialogue on coal and climate change

Press release | 8 September, 2015 at 10:45

Port Moresby, 8 September 2015 - Unprecedented support from Pacific Island leaders for a global moratorium on new coal mines is a stark reminder that much more must be achieved at the Paris climate talks, said Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s CEO,...

Greenpeace activist scales coal ship off the coast of Helsinki

Press release | 1 November, 2015 at 11:13

Baltic Sea/Helsinki, 1 November 2015 – A Greenpeace activist has scaled the 155m long bulk carrier, Alppila, transporting coal to one of Finland’s most polluting power plants in central Helsinki. The coal ship and its climate-damaging cargo have...

Greenpeace images show Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for second year...

Press release | 9 March, 2017 at 14:01

Sydney, 10 March 2017 - Greenpeace Australia Pacific today releases shocking photos and footage documenting the Great Barrier Reef’s first severe coral bleaching to happen two years in a row. The bleaching is the result of 12 months of...

Coal dropped from Vietnam’s future energy plans

Press release | 27 January, 2016 at 4:13

Bangkok, 27 January 2016 - Vietnam will effectively shelve the equivalent of 70 large coal power plants following an announcement from the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that the country would drop all further coal-fired power plant projects and...

World’s coal power plants consume enough freshwater to sustain 1 billion people -...

Press release | 22 March, 2016 at 1:00

Hong Kong, 22 March 2016 - The world’s rapidly dwindling freshwater resources could be further depleted if plans for hundreds of new coal power plants worldwide go ahead, threatening severe drought and competition, according to a new Greenpeace...

Activists bring coal supply to a standstill at massive Indonesian power plant

Press release | 15 May, 2016 at 3:20

Jakarta, 15 May 2016 – Greenpeace Indonesia activists today climbed the cranes of two grab-type ship unloaders, blocking the supply of coal for the Cirebon Coal Power Plant. The protest in Indonesia, the world’s second biggest exporter of coal,...

Sweden subverts Paris agreement with Vattenfall coal deal

Press release | 2 July, 2016 at 13:43

Stockholm, 2 July 2016 – Greenpeace condemns the Swedish government’s decision to allow state-owned Vattenfall to hand over its lignite mine assets in Germany to the Czech company EPH. The decision announced this morning risks catastrophic...

The message from millions: Save the Great Barrier Reef

Press release | 28 June, 2015 at 20:43

Bonn, Germany, 28 June, 2015 – The Chair of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO was today urged by Greenpeace to not let the Australian government destroy the Great Barrier Reef.

Coal and coral don't mix - the Great Barrier Reef is still in danger

Press release | 1 July, 2015 at 14:53

Bonn, Germany, 1 July, 2015 - Greenpeace has warned that until the threat from coal and climate change is removed, the Great Barrier Reef remains in danger.

Victory as Standard Chartered ditches giant coal mine threatening Great Barrier Reef

Press release | 11 August, 2015 at 4:47

Sydney, 11 August 2015 - A major UK bank has announced today it is pulling out of one of the world’s most controversial coal developments following an international campaign by Greenpeace Australia Pacific and other organisations.

Merkel must help break deadlock on pre-2020 climate action at Pacific COP

Press release | 13 November, 2017 at 9:38

Bonn, Germany – 13 November 2017 – Developed countries must break a deadlock at the UN climate talks in Bonn and discuss their pre-2020 climate actions, starting with COP host German Chancellor Merkel who can lead the way, Greenpeace said.

IEA’s energy outlook on renewables “absurdly pessimistic” - Greenpeace

Press release | 14 November, 2017 at 1:33

Hong Kong, 14 November 2017 - The International Energy Agency (IEA) today released its annual World Energy Outlook 2017 - a set of scenarios for global energy consumption and production which has a long history of dramatically underestimating...

Greenpeace activists protest on coal ship calling on Merkel to end coal use

Press release | 15 November, 2017 at 16:00

Bonn, November 15, 2017 – Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s appearance at the UN climate talks, 14 Greenpeace Germany activists protested on a coal freighter on the Rhine River calling for a coal phase-out in Germany.

23 countries and states to phase out coal as US$432 billion of capital leaves the...

Press release | 18 October, 2017 at 8:01

Hong Kong, 18 October 2017 - Over a quarter of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal-fired power capacity since 2010 have entirely left the coal power business, according to new research from CoalSwarm and Greenpeace. This represents...

China's planned coal-to-gas plants to emit over one billion tons of CO2

Feature story | 25 July, 2014 at 17:00

There could be 50 coal-to-gas projects operational within the next decade, producing 225 billion cubic metres of synthetic natural gas [SNG] per year, if all of the planned ones go ahead, according to comprehensive new research by Greenpeace China.

Exposed: Coal mining at the source of China's Yellow River

Feature story | 7 August, 2014 at 3:00

An investigation by Greenpeace China has revealed opencast coal mining is taking place on a remote alpine plateau in the foothills of China’s Qilian mountains.

The Great Water Grab

Publication | 22 March, 2016 at 2:15

Water is essential for all life on earth and plays a central role in human development: from sanitation and health, to food and energy production, to industrial activities and economic development.

Dissenting views not anti-national, High Court tells Indian government in Greenpeace...

Press release | 6 February, 2015 at 12:02

New Delhi, 6 February 2015 - The Indian justice system reinforced its position against a government crackdown on democratic protest today, demanding legal justification for claims made against Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai, who was...

High Court overturns Priya Pillai offloading, declares government move undemocratic

Press release | 12 March, 2015 at 10:07

New Delhi, 12 March 2015 - The Indian government was handed a symbolic legal rebuke today as the Delhi High Court declared the decision to block Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai from travelling to Britain in January 2015 was undemocratic.

China coal data indicates consumption fell in 2014, shows peak coal achievable

Press release | 26 January, 2015 at 14:56

Beijing, 26 January 2015 – For the first time this century, China’s coal consumption appears to have fallen in 2014, according to a new projection from China National Coal Association [1] and recent economic and energy related statistics. Coal...

Greenpeace reveals Chinese state coal company's ruthless water grab

Press release | 23 July, 2013 at 5:00

Beijing, 23 July 2013 – A state-owned Chinese coal company is overexploiting groundwater and illegally dumping toxic industrial wastewater, highlighting the need to curb the country's burgeoning coal industry, Greenpeace East Asia has revealed.

Silent Killers

Publication | 12 June, 2013 at 1:00

32,000 life years would be robbed every year if the coal-fired power plants currently under construction or in planning go into operation. This loss of life is entirely unnecessary, as renewable energy and the latest cutting-edge energy-efficient...

"It's the Devil's excrement" - Where fossil fuels lurk, corruption creeps

Blog entry by Marina Lou | 29 September, 2014 2 comments

When it comes to resource extraction and the political process  — the issue is a global one. Have a look at some of the recent coal- ruption stories that have been breaking all around the world. Australia In the state of New...

A Brief History of Europe's Energy Troubles

Feature story | 25 June, 2014 at 11:00

The Ukraine crisis currently shows just how dependent Europe is, especially on Russian oil and gas. The EU spent a total of EUR 421 billion on energy imports in 2012.

Philippine politicians back Greenpeace Quit Coal call

Feature story | 28 May, 2008 at 17:52

One week into the Philippines leg of our flagship the Rainbow Warrior’s Quit Coal tour and senior politicians are lining up to support our Quit Coal call to protect the climate.

Dirty Coal shown red card by India’s Supreme Court

Press release | 24 September, 2014 at 19:15

Amsterdam, 24 September 2014 – Greenpeace International and Greenpeace India today welcomed the Indian Supreme Court's landmark decision on the country's coal scam following the Court's cancellation of the licenses of 214 coal blocks.

Greenpeace looks towards the future of climate negotiations

Press release | 22 November, 2013 at 17:54

Warsaw, 22 November 2013 – Today, on the official closing day of the UN climate negotiations and following yesterday’s civil society walk out, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace said:

Greenpeace urges fair and transparent vote on protection of India’s Mahan forest

Press release | 18 August, 2014 at 8:30

Amsterdam, 18 August 2014 – Greenpeace International today joined Greenpeace India’s call for Indian authorities to protect democracy and ensure a fair and transparent village council vote in the Mahan forest, over a proposed coal mine...

Coal mining causing widespread contamination of Indonesian province's freshwater

Press release | 3 December, 2014 at 14:30

Jakarta, 3 December 2014 - Almost half of all water bodies in the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan are at risk of being contaminated by coal mining waste says a report released today by Greenpeace.

Hunt’s proposed dredge waste ban a bandaid, not a cure for threats against Reef

Press release | 16 March, 2015 at 10:55

Sydney, 16 March 2015 – In response to Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s announcement of a draft law to ban the dumping of capital dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Shani Tager at Greenpeace Australia made the following statement:

Victory for Mahan as Indian government pulls disputed forest from auction

Press release | 20 March, 2015 at 12:57

New Delhi, 20 March 2015 – A forest block at the centre of a landmark legal victory for Greenpeace India over the government has been withdrawn from auction after years of campaigning.

Justice denied: the Thai activist who risked all to save his environment

Blog entry | 22 October, 2015 1 comment

The recent Thai Supreme Court acquittal of three men who masterminded the murder of environmental activist Charoen Wat-aksorn, shows a skewed justice system that puts capitalism in front of community. But this is not the only case of...

Should the European Commission wear green goggles more often?

Blog entry by Daniel Simons | 6 October, 2014

That's the question lawyers were arguing about in Luxembourg last week. It is a case where Greenpeace is challenging the approval of up to €1.6 billion in aid to Spain's coal industry. Spain is a poster child for clean energy. It...

5 reasons why the world needs a moratorium on new coal mines

Blog entry by Leanne Minshull | 20 April, 2016

Only four months ago, the world recognised the need to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees C. The Paris climate agreement signalled the end of the era of fossil fuels, particularly coal, the dirtiest source of power. But...

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