2009 Press Releases

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First fin whales killed in Iceland

Press release | 19 June, 2009 at 14:50

Two fin whales - listed as an endangered species globally by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - were killed, landed and cut up at the quayside at the old Hvalförður whaling station in Iceland this morning. They represent the...

Tokyo Two Prosecution Continues Culture of Cover-ups

Press release | 17 June, 2009 at 2:00

The latest pre-trial meeting in the prosecution of Greenpeace Japan staff members, Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki, has revealed information contradicting claims made by the whaling industry.

Indonesian rainforest burns while government silent in climate talks

Press release | 15 June, 2009 at 13:41

Greenpeace today slammed Indonesia's President Yudhoyono for his failure to stop deforestation and deliberately lit forest fires that are releasing millions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere and destroying critical habitats of endangered...

World Bank withdraws loan to Brazilian cattle giant

Press release | 14 June, 2009 at 0:29

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, has withdrawn a USD 90 million loan to Brazil's cattle giant Bertin. The loan was used for the company to further expand into the Amazon region, which was...

As UN talks flounder, Greenpeace sounds the alarm for the climate

Press release | 11 June, 2009 at 16:02

Greenpeace today activated a loud alarm outside the UN climate talks in Bonn, calling for emergency action on climate change. Locked onto the back of a truck, activists set off the siren in an attempt to wake up governments who are sleepwalking...

Greenpeace appoints new International Executive Director

Press release | 11 June, 2009 at 2:00

On 15 November 2009, the well-known activist Kumi Naidoo, formerly General Secretary of CIVICUS(1), will take over from Gerd Leipold as Executive Director of Greenpeace International. As announced earlier this year, Gerd steps down after nearly...

NGO's write benchmark climate treaty

Press release | 9 June, 2009 at 2:00

Climate change experts from leading non-governmental organisations today unveiled their blueprint for a legally binding Copenhagen agreement. This will serve as the benchmark for governments negotiating a new climate deal this year and shows how...

No Market for Icelandic Whale Meat in Japan

Press release | 8 June, 2009 at 2:00

The Japanese trader who accepted an import of fin and minke whale meat from Iceland and Norway last year has told Greenpeace that he will not take any more in the future, because there is no market for the whale meat in Japan.

Greenpeace calls on Spanish supermarkets to stop being compliant with oceans destruction

Press release | 7 June, 2009 at 2:00

Greenpeace is calling on retailers to face up to their responsibilities, as overfishing, contamination and climate change threaten the world’s oceans. Over 75% of the world’s fish stocks have been totally exploited, overexploited or depleted.

Indian government working on massive solar energy plan

Press release | 5 June, 2009 at 2:00

A draft Indian government plan, obtained by Greenpeace, outlines plans for a national target of 20 Gigawatts of solar generation capacity by 2020. The massive green plan is a clear example of how developing countries are acting on climate change,...

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