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  • Would the real tuna please stand up

    Blogpost by Phil Crawford - August 10, 2011 at 17:11

    When is a tuna not a tuna? Unfortunately too often in the Pacific where widely-used industrial tuna fishing methods catch far more species than just tuna.

    Out on the water everything becomes tuna. That is until it’s been hauled on board tuna boats using large purse seine nets set around fish aggregation devices (FADs). However, by that time it’s usually too late and anything which is not tuna, collectively known as bycatch, is thrown back into the sea, often injured, dead or dying.

    According to statistics circulated by Sealord, bycatch of other species is five to 10 times higher when purse seiners use FADs. This wasteful method also has serious impact on tuna stocks, as juvenile and undersized tunas make up 15-20 per cent of the catch.

    New Zealand brands of canned tuna don’t catch their... Read more >

  • Contaminated seafood and government cover-up at Fukushima

    Blogpost by Justin Keating - August 10, 2011 at 9:53

    Our team of radiation experts has found high levels of radiation in seafood caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Japan. This, along with the news that the Japanese government covered up the true extent of radiation releases from Fukushima and so put people in danger, shows it is long past time that urgent, transparent action was taken by officials.

    At a press conference in Japan earlier today (video here and here), we explained how our radiation experts had visited ports in Iwaki prefecture between 22nd and 24th of July and conducted sampling of seafood with the help from local fishermen. The French laboratories ACRO and CRIIRAD analysed the radioactive contamination and detected high levels of radioactivity in a number of samples. This means that the contamination of the... Read more >

  • Risky business in the far north

    Blogpost by Ben Ayliffe - August 9, 2011 at 14:51

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    Today Cairn Energy published the latest operational update for its risky oil drilling off Greenland and the news, at least for the wildcat oil company, was far from good.

    For the second year in succession Cairn has announced it has found no oil in the Arctic.

    The company has been forced to plug and abandon its well in the deep water Lady Franklin block in the Davis Strait, a major setback for Cairn and the rest of the oil industry who see the melting ice caps as business opportunity.

    It has also temporarily abandoned the well at the Atammik site to move operations further north to open up two new drill sites. whilst still refusing to make its near-mythical oil spill response plan public.

    Its share price has taken a hammering, falling nearly 4% today and 13% in the last month. So... Read more >

  • Remembering Hiroshima, in Fukushima

    Blogpost by Sakyo Noda - August 9, 2011 at 14:48

    Usually, there are not many things on my plate on August 6th, other than spending a really hot summer’s day remembering the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Wherever I am, it's natural to send condolences to the victims and pray for peace and a world without nuclear weapons.

    But on the morning of this August 6th, I rushed to a kindergarten in Fukushima City, where continuing, and much needed sampling work by a team of Greenpeace radiation specialists would be carried out.

    We had visited the same kindergarten in June and at that time, heavy machinery was removing topsoil to reduce the radiation level in the playground. Since then, both the school and the parents have been monitoring radiation levels not only in the playground, but also indoors and the surrounds of the school, ... Read more >

  • Greenpeace film competition: turning the cameras on VW

    Blogpost by James - Greenpeace UK - August 9, 2011 at 9:46

    Our international film competition launches on 17 September 2011

    Volkswagen says it wants to be the most eco-friendly car manufacturer in the world. But it’s spending millions trying to stop laws to make cars more efficient and cut climate change emissions.

    On September 17, Greenpeace is launching an international film competition. We need your help to expose the real VW – the one behind the billboards.

    Help us turn the cameras on Volkswagen.

    You’ll have two weeks from the launch date to make a one minute film on the competition brief. That brief is secret for now, but we promise you it’s going to make you want to fuse your creativity with your conscience.

    The best films will be screened at a special event at the Curzon Soho in London (and you’ll be invited along). They’ll be seen by thousands of people around the world and be a key part of our cl... Read more >

  • 5 things you didn’t know about Volkswagen

    Blogpost by Saraa - August 4, 2011 at 18:18

    Last week we showed you evidence of VW actively lobbying in the US against the laws we need to protect our planet.

    Here are some more facts about Volkswagen that the company doesn't put on its billboards.

    1. Only 6 per cent of Volkswagen's sales in 2010 were of its most efficient models

    VW is not the green company it wants you to think it is

    Shocking, but true. So next time you see one of their car ads, where they boast about their environmental credentials (you can’t miss them, the company spends more on advertising in the UK than any other car manufacturer), remember that despite their aim "to be the most eco-friendly car manufacturer in the world", they do not use their most efficient technology in most of their vehicles.

    Read more in our repor... Read more >

  • Create a revolution in your wardrobe - part one

    Blogpost by Louise - August 4, 2011 at 12:53

    Has our Detox campaign made you think about your clothes and their hidden consequences? You may already heart second hand, throwaway fashion makes you ill, and your mantra is quality not quantity. But how else can you align your sartorial and sustainable sides? Here's our first set of tips to help decrease your fashion's footprint.

    Workers at a denim washing factory in Xintang, search wastewater for stones, to create stonewash denim.

    Sign the petition to ask Nike and Adidas to Detox water pollution now >>

    Writer Lucy Siegle's latest book To Die For says that today people buy roughly four times the number of clothes they were in 1980. That’s an average expenditure of £626 pounds a year on clothes, adding up to 28 new kilograms ... Read more >

  • Design for Detox: Challenge Nike and Adidas by getting creative!

    Blogpost by Josh S - August 3, 2011 at 11:23

    Adidas spoof logo

    We’re giving you the chance to redesign the Nike and Adidas logos to better reflect their truly toxic practices, help them see the error of their ways and challenge them to become champions of a toxic-free future.

    A logo is one of the most important elements of a brand’s identity; they spend millions designing it, millions protecting it and millions plastering it anywhere they think it’ll be seen. They use it to indentify themselves to customers and strive to attach it to the values and qualities they want to be indentified with. 

    But, all too often, the values that logo attempts to embody are terribly contradicted by the actions of the company itself. Nike and Adidas portray themselves as healthy, clean, ethical team-players; but, our ‘Dirty Laundry’ report and Detox campaign have ex... Read more >

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