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Nick Young

Nick has worked with Greenpeace for more than 10 years and is now Head of Digital at Greenpeace NZ.

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  • Arctic melting: the science behind the ice

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 21, 2012 at 9:56
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) ended the wait on Wednesday, announcing what many already had expected: that the Arctic sea ice extent had not only hit a record low, it had dramatically receded to levels not previously anticipated. But what does this mean?

    According to NSIDC director Mark Serreze “we are now in uncharted territory”, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo has described the race to save the Arctic as "the defining environmental battle of our era".

    To help understand the science behind the record melt, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise took NSIDC scientist Dr Julienne Stroeve and Nick Toberg, an ice scientist at Cambridge University, into the Arctic to facilitate further research. We recently caught up with them to discuss t... Read more >

  • People power wins! Super trawler banned #NOSUPERTRAWLERS

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 12, 2012 at 9:42

    No Super Trawlers

    Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced new laws that will ban the Margiris super trawler for up to two years. Burke acknowledged overwhelming public concern in reaching this significant decision. Congratulations to the thousands of passionate Australians, community and environmental groups and fishing groups have stopped the Margiris from destroying Australia‘s oceans

    Today is a huge day for people power. Federal Environment Minister has announced a ban on the super trawler for up to two years and further scientific investigations before boats like this are approved. This is what we have been calling for and we congratulate the Australian Government on listening to the community and taking action.

    “There has been no doubt there has been a massive public focus on ... Read more >

  • NZ Government abandons the Last Ocean

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 7, 2012 at 14:42

    If you’d read some of the media reports on the Government’s decision on protecting the Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve, you could be forgiven for thinking we’d got a good result.

    Unfortunately the truth is far from good. This cartoon in today’s Herald says it all.

    Cartoon courtesy of the NZH and Rod Emmerson

    The New Zealand Government has rejected an invaluable opportunity for a joint proposal with the US to protect the Ross Sea.  In unison the US and New Zealand would have had a much greater chance of succeeding with consensus at the international forum of 24 nations + the EU where the matter will be decided in October.

    The two countries will instead submit separate proposals thereby significantly reducing the likelihood of substantive protection for the Ross Sea.

    We heard Minister M... Read more >

  • LIVE: Greenpeace activists are now confronting the world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV Margiris, as it arrives in Australia.

    The activists are calling on the Australian Government to refuse to grant a fishing license to the FV Margiris and introduce a policy to ban all super trawlers from Australian waters.

    Super trawlers use an indiscriminate fishing method which can decimate fish stocks and kill turtles, dolphins, seals and other marine animals. Their super-size allows them to literally vacuum up entire schools of fish. You could fly a Jumbo Jet through the opening of its net with room to spare.

    And there’s a New Zealand connection. It has been revealed that two New Zealanders have a controlling interest in the ship.

    Peter and Donna Simunovich are major shareholde... Read more >

  • Super trawlers and bycatch: the true story

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 30, 2012 at 11:38

    Margiris Super Trawler

    As the super trawler Margiris steams towards Australia’s shores, a series of concerns have been raised. One is the impact on marine life, like dolphins and seals, that invariably are caught in the vessel’s enormous nets. Although according to the operators, this issue has been solved. So has it?

    Stop the Super Trawler Margiris
    These photos were taken by researchers on board Dutch super trawlers while conducting peer-reviewed studies.

    Pavel Klinckhamers, Oceans Campaigner from Greenpeace Holland tells his side of the story.

    This week, Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke added his voice to the concerns about the unwanted bycatch that the Margiris may scoop up while taking 18 million kilogrammes of fish out of Australian waters. He has a point. The risk for bycatch is a very real one on these big trawlers.

    When I... Read more >

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