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Survivors of the DOW disaster in front of the Union Carbide factory

Image | December 3, 1984 at 0:00

The morning after. Survivors of the disaster stand in front of the Union Carbide factory one day after the lethal gas leak. Their eyes and lungs have been badly damaged by exposure to the gas.

Incineration and human health report

Publication | March 1, 2001 at 0:00

State of knowledge of the impacts of waste incinerators. Greenpeace International Research Laboratories, University of Exeter, UK.

Greenpeace and Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP)

Image | October 23, 2001 at 1:00

Greenpeace and Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP) placed signs on all confirmed and suspected dioxin contaminated sites around Whakatane.

Greenpeace activists shut down Auckland Airport incinerator

Image | September 17, 2002 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists shut down the Auckland Airport incinerator.

Incineration solutions report

Publication | October 1, 2002 at 0:00

Options for quarantine waste treatment at Auckland International Airport

Auckland International Airport Ltd. AGM Resolution

Publication | October 11, 2002 at 0:00

Greenpeace's resolution to the AIAL AGM: Resolution: That the company (AIAL) commit to cease incineration of all quarantine waste within 12 months and change to steam sterilisation.

18th anniversary of the world's worst chemical disaster

Image | December 3, 2002 at 0:00

On the 18th anniversary of the world's worst chemical disaster, Greenpeace New Zealand joined groups in India and worldwide demanding that Dow takes responsibility for its toxic legacy in Bhopal, India. Greenpeace NZ protested outside the DOW...

Old New Zealand school incinerator

Image | February 1, 2004 at 0:00

An old New Zealand school incinerator poisons students as they play.

A study of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposures in Paritutu, New Zealand

Publication | September 10, 2004 at 0:00

A Study of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposures in Paritutu, New Zealand Phase II: Serum Testing An Interim Report to the New Zealand Ministry of Health

Kingi Taurua at the launch of Greenpeace's "People Poisoned Daily"

Image | December 2, 2004 at 0:00

Kingi Taurua at the launch of Greenpeace's "People Poisoned Daily" report at Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand.

People poisoned daily report

Publication | December 2, 2004 at 0:00

People Poisoned Daily reveals how DOW Agrosciences poisoned not only the people of Paritutu but has left a legacy of chemical poisoning throughout New Zealand. The chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D which together create Agent Orange were sprayed so...

People Poisoned Daily Tour

Image | March 6, 2005 at 0:00

As part of the People Poisoned Daily Tour, 150 people including local residents, Vietnam Vets, Greenpeace, Sawmill Workers Against Poisons, Paritutu Dioxin Investigation Action Group march to DOWs headquarters in Paritutu. The protesters want DOW...


Hub | March 31, 2005 at 20:19


Page | May 23, 2005 at 18:27

The amount of electronic products discarded globally has skyrocketed recently, with 20-50 million tonnes generated every year. If such a huge figure is hard to imagine, think of it like this - if the estimated amount of e-waste generated every...

What's in electronic devices?

Page | June 28, 2005 at 1:22

Electronic devices are a complex mixture of several hundred materials. A mobile phone, for example, contains 500 to 1000 components. Many of these contain toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and beryllium and hazardous chemicals,...

E-waste hall of shame

Page | October 31, 2006 at 22:51

Consumer electronics has a dirty side unmentioned in slick advertising. What happens to old electronics products containing hazardous chemicals? Growing amounts end up dumped for unsafe, dirty recycling by hand in China and India.

The e-waste problem

Page | October 31, 2006 at 23:24

The amount of electronic products discarded globally has skyrocketed recently, with 20-50 million tonnes generated every year. If such a huge figure is hard to imagine, think of it like this - if the estimated amount of e-waste generated every...

Types of incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 21:55

There are numerous types of incinerators in use around the world, but even 'state of the art' incinerators pollute air and land. The more equipment put on a chimney to stop air pollution, the higher the toxic chemical content of the ash. All...

Alternatives to medical incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 21:56

Municipal and hospital waste incinerators are the largest dioxin sources in industrial countries. At present in New Zealand there are only a handful of medical and quarantine waste incinerators, however the Government is proposing a regulation...

Why ban incineration

Page | December 5, 2006 at 22:50

Burning was once considered the most effective method for disposing of waste materials. However, since industrialisation the nature of waste has changed dramatically. Mass production of chemicals and plastics means that burning or incinerating...

What is dioxin?

Page | December 5, 2006 at 23:10

Dioxins and furans are a class of chemical compounds widely recognised as some of the most toxic chemicals ever made by humans. Generally just referred to as dioxins, dioxins and furans have no useful purpose and are produced as the unwanted...

Impacts on health & environment

Page | December 5, 2006 at 23:22

The first evidence of persistent organic pollutant (POPs) related injury to wildlife was discovered in North America in the 1960s, where the population of peregrine falcons was found to be declining due to pesticide contamination. Subsequently, a...

Victory on Incineration

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:20

In 2002 Greenpeace began a campaign to have the Auckland International Airport incinerator closed and replaced with cleaner technology to treat the quarantine waste.

Stockholm Convention

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:42

Over 90 governments of the world have signed The Stockholm Convention, which is an International Treaty to ban 12 persistent organic pollutants (also known as the "dirty dozen"). The New Zealand Government signed the Stockholm Convention in May 2001.

Elimination not reduction

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:50

Dioxin releases must be eliminated, not simply reduced. Because of the persistent nature of these chemicals, and their continual recycling throughout the environment, the current global build-up of dioxin will take years to decrease.

Contamination in New Zealand

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:54

Dioxins are formed in industrial processes involving chlorine. Burning organic matter in the presence of chlorine, for example waste incineration, burning PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and chlorine-bleached paper, will produce dioxins.

What are POPs?

Page | December 6, 2006 at 2:57

The building blocks of living organisms are organic compounds, which contain carbon and hydrogen (and in some cases other elements). These compounds are not indestructible and many breakdown relatively easily. However, humans have learnt to...

Eliminate toxic chemicals

Hub | December 20, 2006 at 1:33

What you can do

Page | January 10, 2007 at 22:45

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The Zero Waste alternative

Page | January 22, 2007 at 2:11

Waste disposal is a multi-billion dollar global problem. Currently, waste is either landfilled or incinerated, with severe implications for the environment and human health. Landfills are major producers of methane, and pollute water tables.

Whales rot in Iceland

Feature story | January 23, 2007 at 0:27

OK, so let's get this right. Iceland announces the resumption of commercial whaling, kills seven endangered fin whales, but now can't sell the meat.

Tasty news from Apple!

Feature story | May 2, 2007 at 21:57

We are cheering! Steve Jobs has decided to bring us closer to the greener apple that Mac users all over the world have been asking for.


Page | January 15, 2008 at 1:28

We believe that manufacturers of electronic goods, who have benefited from sales of their products, should take responsibility for them from production through to the end of their lives. To prevent an e-waste crisis, manufacturers must design...

Green drinks II

Blog entry by Kathy | March 20, 2008

Waveney Warth (left) who has pledged to not create any household waste for a year, with Campbell Live reporter Natasha Utting, at Green Drinks on the Rainbow Warrior (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov It's a tough life working on a Greenpeace...

One of the Arts of Greenpeace

Blog entry by RobT | May 16, 2008

It's more than 15 years that I've now been working for Greenpeace, and normally my work involves making the near impossible high profile projects happen on budgets that are way too small with human resources that are far too few. This...

Questions about the Guide to Greener Electronics

Page | June 25, 2008 at 19:05

Here we address common questions about the ranking guide.

Greenpeace - New Improved Ranking criteria explained

Publication | June 26, 2008 at 23:12

From the eighth edition of its Guide to Greener Electronics, Greenpeace will score electronics brands on tightened sets of chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) criteria (both of which include new criteria), and on new energy criteria. The...

Company scores plummet in Greener Electronics Guide

Feature story | June 26, 2008 at 23:18

With expanded and tougher criteria on toxic chemicals, electronic waste and new criteria on climate change only Sony and Sony Ericsson score more than 5/10 in our latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Nintendo and Microsoft remain rooted to the...

3G iPhone - The G ain’t for Green!

Press release | July 9, 2008 at 0:26

Based on information available on Apple's website (1), it seems the company known for innovation has missed an opportunity to reinvent its new 3G iPhone in green.

A new green iPhone by the end of 2008?

Blog entry by Greg | July 9, 2008

With typical hype and fanfare, Apple’s latest iPhone 3G is hitting stores on Friday. It promises to be faster, better and cheaper, but what have we heard about it being greener than its predecessor? Crickets. An Aucklander by the...

Apple posts iPhone 3G Environmental Status Report

Blog entry by Nick | July 16, 2008

Last week we called out Apple on the lack of any environmental info on the new iPhone 3G. Pre-launch publicity and specs for the new MacBook Air and iMac included info on how Apple was making progress on eliminating the worst toxic...

How the companies line up 9

Page | December 17, 2008 at 3:32

Embed thisWe first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic...

How the companies line up 9

Page | December 17, 2008 at 3:32

Embed thisWe first released our 'Guide to Greener Electronics' in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV's and games consoles according to their policies on toxic...

Scraplife - e-waste in Pakistan

Photo essay | February 19, 2009 at 2:39

Thousands of tons of e-waste – such as discarded PCs, mobile phones and TVs - are dumped in Africa and Asia every year. Our research shows that some of this waste is exported to Pakistan.. In the Karachi district of Lyari, hundreds of...

Undercover operation exposes illegal dumping of e-waste in Nigeria

Feature story | February 22, 2009 at 21:19

Following a three-year undercover investigation, we’ve shown once again that electronic waste - like your old TV set - still isn't being responsibly recycled like it's supposed to be. Instead, e-waste is being disguised as second-hand goods and...

Where does e-waste end up?

Page | February 24, 2009 at 21:10

Many old electronic goods gather dust in storage waiting to be reused, recycled or thrown away. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that as much as three quarters of the computers sold in the US are stockpiled in garages and...

Success! Phillips make a recycling policy u-turn

Blog entry by bunny | February 27, 2009

An old Philips TV at a scrap yard in Ghana A Greenpeace Europe update: Last week we broke the shocking story about what actually happens to electronic waste in Europe; instead of being safely recycled in the UK or Europe where it...

What we do

Hub | April 9, 2009 at 2:32

This issues we campaign on.

Following the E waste Trail

Video | May 5, 2009 at 9:13

Greenpeace has been investigating the immoral and illegal e-waste dumping in developing countries since 2002. After China, India, Pakistan and Ghana, this is the story of how one very broken TV managed to avoid being tested and recycled according...

Day 5: Paradise under threat

Blog entry by Keisha Castle-Hughes | June 26, 2009

Kia Orana koutou katoatoa, Aitutaki is beautiful, the people are friendly and the land is plentiful. I would go as far to call it Paradise on Earth. Seeing the effects of climate change and knowing there's a possibility that the land...

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