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Less Is More

March 2018

Reducing meat and dairy for a healthier life and planet — the Greenpeace vision of the meat and dairy system towards 2050.

Fashion at the Crossroads

September 2017

Since 2011 Greenpeace has been calling on major brands to eliminate the uses and releases of harmful chemicals from their production chain, through their Detox commitments, without which the circular…

PFC Revolution in Outdoor Sector

February 2017

PFCs are used in many industrial processes and consumer products, and are well known for their use by the outdoor apparel industry in waterproof and water-repellent finishes.

The Environmental Risks of Neonicotinoid Pesticides

January 2017

Neonicotinoid pesticides were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then their use has grown rapidly so that they have become the most widely used class of insecticides in the…

Clicking Clean

January 2017

The internet will likely be the largest single thing we build as a species. Tasked with creating and then catering to the world’s insatiable appetite for messages, photos, and streaming…

PFC Pollution Hotspots

November 2016

The manufacture of hazardous per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) is leading to contamination of the local environment, including surface water, drinking water, groundwater as well as air and dust.

Hidden in Plain Sight

July 2016

A recent investigation by Greenpeace has found hazardous poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the indoor air of stores selling outdoor gear in Europe and East Asia. Samples were taken in the…

Leaving Traces

January 2016

In this latest investigation Greenpeace tested a range of outdoor gear for hazardous per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). The study reveals that not only outdoor clothing and footwear but also…

Europe’s Pesticide Addiction

October 2015

Europe’s dependency on chemical pesticides is nothing short of an addiction. Crops are routinely doused with a variety of chemicals, usually applied multiple times to single crops throughout the whole…

Ecological Farming: The seven principles of a food system that has people at its heart

May 2015

We are living with a broken food system. It needs to be replaced urgently for the benefit of all people, and the planet. Greenpeace’s Food and Farming Vision describes what…

Clicking Clean

May 2015

While there may be significant energy efficiency gains from moving our lives online, the explosive growth of our digital lives is outstripping those gains. Publishing conglomerates now consume more energy…

Pesticides and our Health

May 2015

Since 1950 the human population has doubled, yet the area of arable land used to feed these people has increased by only 10%. There are huge pressures to provide food,…

Green Gadgets: Designing the Future

September 2014

Today, more and more people around the world rely on laptops, phones and tablets as an essential part of their everyday lives. However, the rate at which they purchase and…

Plan Bee – Living Without Pesticides

May 2014

The drastic decline of wild and managed bee populations recorded in recent years in Europe and North America is alarming given our reliance on these insect pollinators for biodiversity and…

The Bees’ Burden

April 2014

This study reports concentrations of pesticides found in pollen brought back to hives by foraging bees, and sampled using pollen traps or direct from the comb. This is one of…

Your Online World: #ClickClean or Dirty?

April 2014

From social media to music, streaming video, email and commerce, we are increasingly moving much of our lives online. But which companies are storing all of that data, and how…

Oceans in the Balance

May 2013

Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. Billions of people rely on our oceans for their food and for employment. In return, we are plundering the oceans of…

Cool IT Leaderboard

April 2013

The Cool IT Leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change. The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how, and political influence…

Toxic Threads: Polluting Paradise

April 2013

Greenpeace International has commissioned a new investigation that delves even further into the hazardous chemicals used in the production of high street fashion, going beyond previous investigations in China and…

Bees in Decline

April 2013

Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. However, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk.

Ecological Livestock

February 2013

Human pressure on the planet is reaching a scale that could compromise the stability of the Earth’s systems. A group of influential scientists have recently identified nine planetary boundaries related…

Toxic Threads: Under Wraps

December 2012

Water is considered sacred in Mexican culture, yet it is under threat from many environmental pressures, including pollution to such an extent that people suffer from water scarcity. More than…

Toxic Threads: Putting Pollution on Parade

December 2012

How textile manufacturers are hiding their toxic trail. A new investigation by Greenpeace International has found a wide range of hazardous substances in the effluent of communal wastewater treatment plants…

Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up

November 2012

Spurred on by the success of Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign, which exposed the links between textile manufacturing facilities using toxic chemicals and water pollution, the investigation was expanded to include 20…

Apple Clean Energy Road Map

July 2012

The following analysis updates our evaluation of Apple to account for its recent clean energy announcements, and outlines the additional steps Apple should take to fulfill its laudable ambition to…

How Clean is Your Cloud?

April 2012

How much energy is required to power the ever-expanding online world? What percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions is attributable to the IT sector? This report takes a look at…

Dirty Laundry: Reloaded

March 2012

Water is essential for life, but it is also the world’s most threatened essential resource. It is imperative that solutions are found to stop poisoning the precious resources we have…

Dirty Laundry

July 2011

A new investigative report from Greenpeace, ‘Dirty Laundry’, profiles the problem of toxic water pollution resulting from the release of hazardous chemicals by the textile industry in China. The investigations…

Hidden Consequences

May 2011

Industrial pollution is a severe threat to water resources around the world, particularly in the Global South where the view prevails that pollution is the price to pay for progress.

How dirty is your data?

April 2011

“How Dirty Is Your Data?” is the first ever report on the energy choices made by IT companies including Akamai, Amazon.com (Amazon Web Services), Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft,…

Make IT Green: Cloud computing and its contribution to climate change

March 2010

It is clear that as the energy demand of the internet grows, with the shift to cloud computing, the supply of renewable energy must also keep pace to prevent having…

Mediterranean Sea – Threats and Solutions

July 2006

The Mediterranean Sea is the world’s largest inland sea,a beautiful,but troubled body of water stretching for 2.5 million km2 between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Threats such as…

Recycling of electronic waste in India and China – Summary

August 2005

Expansion of the global market for electrical and electronic products continues to accelerate, while the lifespan of the products is dropping, resulting in a corresponding explosion in electronic scrap.