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Greenpeace scientist Dr. Rianne Teule measures radioactive levels of a device from the nearby Tuwaitha nuclear facility. The device, abandoned on a roadside, contains yellow powder that is 1000 times background levels of radiation.

 

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq. Find out what we discovered on our trip in June and July 2003.

One member of the Iraq team writes, "How do you tell someone they can't stay in their own home anymore? How do you look someone in the eye when you know that what little they have, they should abandon, even though they have nowhere else to go? We had to do that today. Another day looking for nightmares, another day finding them..."

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Setting sail to protect the Antarctic

Blog entry by Will McCallum | 15 January, 2018

As I write this, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is sailing South. For the next three months, the crew will be working alongside a team of campaigners, photographers, film-makers, scientists and journalists from across the globe to...

March of the penguins

Blog entry by Akshey Kalra | 15 January, 2018 1 comment

This morning, people around the world are waking up to pictures of penguin sightings across the globe. The penguins have been spotted travelling on trains, arriving at international airports and at iconic landmarks. From Sydney to...

A Brief History of Environmentalism

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 5 January, 2018 2 comments

"The goal of life is living in agreement with nature." - Zeno ~ 450 BC (from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers ) Awareness of our delicate relationship with our habitat likely arose among early hunter-gatherers...

Is Japan re-thinking its love of coal?

Blog entry by Marina Lou | 22 December, 2017

Could cracks be appearing for the first time in Japan’s commitment to coal fired power? Greenpeace activists outside the Isogo coal power plant and the Minami-Yokohama gas power plant during the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on...

2017: Looking back

Blog entry by Leola Abraham | 21 December, 2017

2017 has been a tough year. We’ve witnessed increased anti-immigration sentiment, a shift toward populism, the rise of far right movements and burgeoning inequality. But we also saw people standing up in solidarity with others for...

2018: Tomorrow we rise

Blog entry by Bunny Mcdiarmid and Jennifer Morgan | 21 December, 2017

What do you do when you’re confronted with the darkness of powerful, but single-minded and ignorant institutions which continue to destroy our planet with impunity? You shine a light so strong it cuts through the grey clamour of...

Charting a plastic free future in Taiwan

Blog entry by Jennifer Morgan | 20 December, 2017

By now, we have all heard about and seen multiple shocking images of plastic pollution in oceans. Whether it’s the  seahorse with its tail wrapped around an earbud , or the  remote island  paradise turned into a plastic nightmare, it’s...

World scientists’ warning to humanity

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 15 December, 2017 6 comments

Environmental activists and organisations typically try and stay positive, to give people hope that we can change. Positive signs exist, going back to the historic whaling and toxic dumping bans of the 1980s. The 1987 Montreal Protocol...

The Fukushima nuclear waste crisis is a human rights violation

Blog entry by Shaun Burnie | 15 December, 2017

Nuclear waste storage area in Iitate, Fukushima prefecture in Japan (Oct 2017). Traditional early morning Japanese breakfast, briefing on objectives, equipment check and drive into the beautiful mountainous forests of this region:...

7 air pollution hacks to help protect your family

Blog entry by Richard Casson | 11 December, 2017 1 comment

One question we often get asked at Greenpeace is: “what's the best way to protect myself from air pollution?” With news articles warning that  5.5 million people worldwide die prematurely every year  as a result of breathing...

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