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Greenpeace calls for urgent global action to save The Great Northern Forest

Press release | 7 December, 2016 at 13:24

Moscow, 7 December 2016 - As governments meet to discuss biodiversity, Greenpeace announced today a new global campaign to save the world’s largest terrestrial carbon store – the Great Northern Forest.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Great Northern Forest

Blog entry by Juha Aromaa | 5 December, 2016

The Great Northern Forest has many names. Scientists see The Great Northern Forest as the boreal forest ecosystem - the global coniferous forest blanketing the northern hemisphere. The Russians traditionally call it “Taiga”. If you...

Protecting what protects us

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 2 December, 2016 2 comments

The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life – those who plunder the Commons for private gain. Back in 1992,...

Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

Press release | 1 December, 2016 at 1:22

São Paulo, 30 November 2016 - Amazon deforestation increased 29 percent from the numbers released for last year, according to data released by the Brazilian government yesterday. Brazil is losing control over the destruction of its forests...

Where is the hope?

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 30 November, 2016 2 comments

I’m not sure we can win with logic.  How do we reverse species loss, climate change, toxins, general overshoot of Earth’s generous habitats? We have the science, but humanity at the large scale does not appear to have the political...

Four ways our forests must be part of the climate conversation

Blog entry by Jannes Stoppel | 30 November, 2016 2 comments

On a warming planet, forests hold the key to stopping climate change. Forest landscapes and agricultural areas can absorb emissions like a sponge. They take carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis, and store it in wood and...

Russian gas in the EU: How consumers threaten an international nature reserve

Blog entry by Evgeny Yusov | 11 November, 2016

The Kurgalsky nature reserve, which traverses the shallow waters of the Gulf of Finland, numerous islands, and the Kurgalsky Peninsula between Russia and Finland, is home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, supporting numerous...

Reminder: No Amazon destruction for hydropower

Blog entry by Lukas Meus | 11 November, 2016

Today, I am standing with Greenpeace activists in front of the Conference Center Laxenburg near Vienna in Austria. Tohis is the venue of the 19th International Seminar on Hydropower Plants. Several of the biggest companies involved in...

One year later and no justice: Communities affected by dam disaster speak out

Blog entry by Fabiana Alves | 8 November, 2016 1 comment

This past Saturday – 5 November, 2016 – hundreds of people gathered at the ruins of the Bento Rodrigues school in Mariana, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. They were there out of remembrance, and to call for justice. Exactly one year...

To live in peace, meet the Japanese community fighting for their forest

Blog entry by Takashi Morizumi | 20 October, 2016

For 20 years, the people of Okinawa, Japan have opposed the construction of a US military base that will damage the marine environment and endangered sea creatures like the Japanese dugong. Now the construction threatens to take over...

How palm oil companies like IOI have set Indonesia on fire

Blog entry by Adi Prabowo | 27 September, 2016

This morning, while most of the Netherlands was still asleep, my colleague Nilus and I - along with dozens of Greenpeace activists - slipped into Rotterdam’s port facilities. The temperature is just eight degrees celsius, my first time...

The 3 small letters destroying the rainforest

Blog entry by India Thorogood | 27 September, 2016

Last year, Indonesian forest fires shocked the world. Some called them ‘ the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century ’ . So why hasn’t that shock turned into action   —   and why are fires blazing across Indonesia again? ...

Greenpeace blockades palm oil trader IOI in Rotterdam

Press release | 27 September, 2016 at 8:28

Rotterdam, 27 September 2016 – Greenpeace activists closed off access for all imports and exports from palm oil trader IOI this morning in the harbour of Rotterdam, palm oil’s gateway into Europe. Palm oil from companies involved in forest...

A Deadly Trade-off

Publication | 27 September, 2016 at 8:00

Over the last two decades, the plantation sector has laid waste to Indonesia’s forests and peatlands. Millions of hectares have been destroyed for pulp and oil palm concessions at great cost to wildlife, the climate and people.

UN report highlights the challenges Indigenous People in Brazil face to protect their...

Blog entry by Danicley de Aguiar | 23 September, 2016

For Indigenous activists defending their traditional lands, Brazil is one of the most dangerous places in the world . Xavante indigenous people from Maraiãwatsede with traditional body paint for war. Due to conflicts over land...

100,300 deaths from Indonesia’s fires during 2015, new study estimates

Press release | 19 September, 2016 at 8:08

Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 September 2016 – A groundbreaking Harvard and Columbia university study estimates that 100,300 premature deaths resulted from last year’s devastating Indonesian forest fire crisis.

Greenpeace Russia team attacked by armed masked men

Press release | 9 September, 2016 at 14:11

St Petersburg, 9 September 2016 - A Greenpeace Russia volunteer firefighting team were in medical care today after being attacked overnight in their camp in the south of the country by a group of eight armed men.

5 alarming facts about Amazon forest fires

Blog entry by Cristiane Mazzetti | 2 September, 2016

The Amazon is being burned. Here’s what you need to know. From July to November, it is fire season in the Amazon rainforest. But while fires can be a normal part of the life cycle in forests, most of the flames in the...

Destructive palm oil company IOI let off the hook too easily by RSPO

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 10 August, 2016 1 comment

A major palm oil company, which had its sustainability certificates suspended for violating rules designed to prevent the destruction of Indonesia's forests and peatlands, has had those certificates reinstated. This shocking decision...

Megadam in the heart of Amazon is cancelled

Press release | 5 August, 2016 at 4:48

Brasilia, Brazil, 4 August 2016 - Today the Brazilian environmental agency, IBAMA, announced the licensing process to build the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT), a giant dam planned for one of the last major free flowing rivers in the Brazilian Amazon,...

News worth celebrating! Megadam in the heart of Amazon cancelled

Blog entry by Danicley Aguiar | 5 August, 2016 2 comments

This Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: the Brazilian environmental agency – IBAMA – announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) megadam...

#WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 28 July, 2016 3 comments

The vast, lush, green of Siberia’s forests is black and smouldering. The fires rage on, already scorching an area the size of Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands combined - seven million hectares. I can see the haze 4500km away...

The Soy Moratorium, 10 years on: How one commitment is stopping Amazon destruction

Blog entry by Paulo Adario | 27 July, 2016

A decade ago, the expansion of soybeans posed an enormous risk to the Amazon rainforest. Today, this commitment proves zero deforestation is possible. When civil society, private enterprise and governments come together to...

They murdered my mother for defending the environment — help me seek justice

Blog entry by Salvador Edgardo Zuniga Cáceres | 15 July, 2016

It has been four months since the murder of environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, and her killers have still  not been brought to justice. Instead, the violence continues  – o n 7 July, another activist from...

'The river is our blood.' Standing with the Munduruku in the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | 14 July, 2016 2 comments

There is nothing quite like flying over the Brazilian Amazon. The forest spreads out like an endless green carpet, crisscrossed by ribbons of water, and goes on for as far as the eye can see. Banks of clouds break up the vast sky. As...

Global support for Indigenous community fighting mega-dam in the Amazon reaches one...

Press release | 8 July, 2016 at 21:09

Munduruku Indigenous Territory, Pará state, Brazil, 8 July 2016 – Greenpeace International Executive Director Bunny McDiarmid is in the Amazon today, working with the Munduruku Indigenous People in the fight against a mega-dam on their lands.

Brazil: the most dangerous country for environmental activists in 2015

Blog entry by Márcio Astrini | 27 June, 2016

Last year was the worst year on record for the murder of environmental activists, and m ore killings took place in Brazil than in any other country in the world . Activists across the globe are facing increasing violence...

Protesting at Siemens in defense of the Amazon’s Tapajós River

Blog entry by Jannes Stoppel | 22 June, 2016 1 comment

Greenpeace activists are asking the company not to get involved in the construction of an enormous hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon. Last week, Greenpeace activists gathered at Siemens headquarters in Germany and...

Protecting the Amazon, side by side with the Munduruku

Blog entry by Danicley de Aguiar | 15 June, 2016 5 comments

This morning I woke up in the Sawré Muybu village with a strong sense of anticipation. Today we start a series of collaborations with the Munduruku Indigenous People to defend their ancestral territories and protect the heart of the...

Munduruku and Greenpeace demarcate Indigenous Lands in the heart of the Amazon

Press release | 15 June, 2016 at 2:11

Itaituba, Pára State, Brazil, 15 June 2016 - The Munduruku Indigenous Peoples and Greenpeace Brazil joined forces today in an unofficial, community-led demarcation of their land, deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 9 June, 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now. Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification , but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good...

IOI’s Indonesian forest fire legacy revealed at European palm oil summit

Press release | 9 June, 2016 at 5:40

Jakarta, 9 June 2016 - New analysis reveals the scale of fires in and around the IOI Group’s palm oil concessions in Indonesia. The findings, published today by Greenpeace International, come as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) meets...

Burning Issue

Publication | 9 June, 2016 at 2:00

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) suspended Malaysian palm oil company IOI in March 2016 for breaches of RSPO principles. Since its suspension, IOI has lost many of its biggest customers. It responded with a lawsuit against the RSPO,...

Wildfires in Russia: much worse than you could imagine

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | 3 June, 2016 1 comment

According to analysis of recent satellite data, forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than 3.5 million hectares of forested land. An area larger than Belgium! And the fire season in Russia isn't over yet. This...

World-famous cake mix Betty Crocker linked to rainforest destruction

Press release | 1 June, 2016 at 21:27

Jakarta, 1 June 2016 - Betty Crocker, a leading instant cake and baking mix brand owned by US based food company General Mills, is sourcing palm oil from a company responsible for the destruction of rainforest and orangutan habitat in Indonesia.

Demand justice for Berta Cáceres Flores

Action | 28 May, 2016 at 16:50

Together, we can shine a light on this violence and continue the work Berta started.

INFOGRAPHIC: What you should know about the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Alia Lassal | 27 May, 2016

The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest and the people and ecosystems that depend on it face a serious threat. Here’s what you need to...

How Cameroon’s stolen wood reaches international markets

Press release | 26 May, 2016 at 14:22

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 26 May 2016 - Logging company, La Socamba, must be included in a Cameroonian government audit of illegally-sourced timber destined for worldwide markets, according to a Greenpeace Africa investigation which has uncovered a...

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

Blog entry by Paulo Adario | 10 May, 2016 3 comments

This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest...

Six months later: communities are still suffering from one of Brazil’s worst...

Blog entry by Alan Azevedo | 6 May, 2016

Six months have passed since one of the worst environmental tragedies in Brazil’s history: the Samarco dam collapse . On 5 November, 2015, Samarco’s mining waste dam gave way, releasing a torrent of contaminated mud that killed 19...

From the heart of the Amazon to the heart of corporate power: how Indigenous...

Blog entry by Daniel Brindis | 28 April, 2016 1 comment

Today, Munduruku Indigenous representatives and activists traveled thousands of kilometres from the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to the annual shareholder’s meeting of General Electric (GE) in the United States. Their goal: to...

Greenpeace calls for legal action against rogue palm oil producer and trader IOI

Press release | 27 April, 2016 at 10:19

Jakarta, 27 April 2016 - Palm oil giant IOI continues to drain and develop fire-prone peatland concessions in West Kalimantan despite an Indonesian government ban on further peatland development and sanctions from both the government and the...

When palm oil companies get banned, are they willing to change?

Blog entry by Kiki Taufik | 25 April, 2016 1 comment

As Indonesia's president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world's biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

This huge Amazon dam was just stalled. Now it's time to stop it!

Blog entry by Danicley Aguiar | 22 April, 2016 1 comment

It’s a good week for the Amazon rainforest! Just yesterday, Brazil’s environmental agency – Ibama – announced it was suspending the license to build the massive São Luiz do Tapajós dam on the Tapajós River. The reason? The agency...

Radioactive Chernobyl forest fires: a ticking time bomb

Blog entry by Anton Beneslavsky | 15 April, 2016 5 comments

For five years now I’ve been a member of the professional firefighting group of Greenpeace Russia staff members that is supported by well trained volunteers and I’ve travelled thousands of kilometres across Russia to extinguish fires.

Greenpeace activists demand Siemens step away from destructive hydropower

Press release | 13 April, 2016 at 11:30

São Paulo/Munich, 13 April 2016 – Activists from Greenpeace Germany gathered at the global headquarters of technology giant Siemens AG in Munich, Germany today to shine a spotlight on the company’s potential involvement in a new hydropower dam in...

Time for global business to stop profiting from Amazon destruction

Blog entry by Tica Minami | 13 April, 2016 2 comments

Huge hydropower dams in the Amazon rainforest aren't just bad for Indigenous communities, biodiversity and the climate – they're bad for the companies involved. Here's why. The Amazon is the world's largest remaining area of...

Damning the Amazon

Publication | 13 April, 2016 at 10:00

Brazil’s Amazon region, which includes most of the world’s largest remaining area of rainforest, is under attack by uncontrolled economic exploitation. Mainly as a result of industrial agriculture, cattle ranching, mines and infrastructure...

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley | 1 April, 2016 1 comment

Last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play. A rhino...

The cattle battle: How one supermarket is stepping up to stop Amazon destruction for beef

Blog entry by Adriana Charoux | 30 March, 2016

Brazil's largest supermarket chain has just committed stop selling beef linked to Amazon destruction and human rights violations – because Brazilians demanded it. Today Grupo Pão de Açúcar – Brazil’s largest supermarket...

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