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    • 8 Apr 2009, 12:48

    News



    This space contains news of interest, not only Greenpeace news but any topic that concern us. We can give our opinions and you can add more information:

    Antarctic ice-bridge snaps, as Obama offers a chance for climate action

    International — Patience for world leaders talking about tackling climate change is wearing thin. Just as US President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of thousands in Prague on Sunday, Greenpeace activists unveiled a banner urging him to "lead the change on climate", a challenge Obama accepted in his speech.

    Meanwhile far, far away from the EU-US Summit, an ice-bridge holding the Wilkins Ice Shelf (the size of Jamaica) to Antarctica collapsed due to global warming.

    Delivering an urgent message to world leaders

    We also unfurled a huge banner reading "Bail Out the Climate" from Prague's Nustle bridge, in full view of venue hosting the EU and US summit, which President Obama is also attending.

    Obama said that the US is ready to lead on climate change. Now we need to see the European Union commit to working with him on that. This year's major UN climate change summit in Copenhagen is now only eight months away.

    After all has been said and done at recent summits of world leaders discussing climate action, much more has been said than really done.

    A transatlantic alliance we can be proud of

    With the US claiming to be committed to action on climate change there is an opportunity for the transatlantic alliance to take real action. Runaway climate change could make poverty permanent in the developing world, and strangle growth in the developed world, but the right decisions could head off the looming crisis.

    To reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and cope with the already unavoidable impacts of climate change, developing countries need at least EUR 110 billion a year by 2020 from rich countries. This money should be raised through an international scheme that asks rich nations to pay for their carbon footprint, thus providing the certainty developing countries need to leverage private funds for green investment.

    40 percent GHG emission reductions by 2020

    Besides financing green measures in developing countries, both the US and the EU will need to upgrade their reduction targets in the light of recent science.

    To avoid runaway climate change, developed countries as a group need to commit to an aggregate target of at least 40 percent emission reductions from 1990 levels by 2020. (Read Greenpeace demands for Copenhagen: Long version, Short version)
    World Leaders: Mark your diaries

    World leaders have a chance to deliver both the financing and emission cuts through the UN climate process.

    That's why we're calling on heads of state to tae personal responsibility for thenegotiations and sign up to attend the final climate summit in Copenhagen, at the end of the year: to ensure a good deal for the climate.

    Meanwhile Antarctica melts

    The shattering of the bridge connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to Antartica comes in stark contrast to the glacial pace of the international climate negotiations taking place in Bonn where governments are trying to avoid acting responsibly, and bickering about who's at fault (hint: somebody else is).

    Simply put, since ice-shelves float, their collapse will not in itself contribute to sea level rise. Nonetheless, any resultant increase in the "flow" of inland glaciers due to the loss of the shelves, together with increased melt water runoff will add to sea level rise.

    To put it in context, it's probable that the current reduction in ice-shelves in the region has no precedent in the last 10,000 years, and it is certain that this minimum has not been reached at any time in the last millennium.

    Edited by yujuuuu on 12 Dec 2009, 15:37
    • c4t2007 said...
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    • 8 Apr 2009, 14:56
    I think that burning all the oil will return the pre-oil climate, with coal instead of forests. What was Earth like before forests ate the carbon from the air?

    “Brazil’s cattle industry [...] is responsible for about 80 percent of all deforestation in the Amazon. In fact, the Brazilian cattle industry is the largest single source of deforestation anywhere in the world. And deforestation in turn causes one-fifth of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world, more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.” - Lindsey Allen
    Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun
    Up to 90 percent of logging has ties to organized crime in some tropical countries.
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    • 9 Apr 2009, 12:41
    I think if we spend all the oil in the world it will lead us to a collapse, because currently 90% of things are manufactured in whole or in part of oil. And actually the people are not prepared to return to the past. I don´t think the coal era was neither better nor worse than the current one, simply lead us to the extinction of our species, like many others that require oxygen to live, and show others (such as those that existed before), that required carbon to breathe.

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    • 10 Apr 2009, 11:29
    I envision vast veggie/algae plants. I read that Diesel intended his engine to run on veggie oil. It's still more compact than hydrogen sponges/beads or acid, and safer than radioactive balls.

    “Brazil’s cattle industry [...] is responsible for about 80 percent of all deforestation in the Amazon. In fact, the Brazilian cattle industry is the largest single source of deforestation anywhere in the world. And deforestation in turn causes one-fifth of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world, more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.” - Lindsey Allen
    Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun
    Up to 90 percent of logging has ties to organized crime in some tropical countries.
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    • 12 Apr 2009, 15:32
    Climate negotiators back out again in Bonn


    Bonn, Germany — Another round of climate talks is over, this time in Bonn, Germany. Once again negotiators are leaving without a plan or having left any money on the table to tackle climate change.

    The diplomats and negotiators have been wasting precious time for two weeks while the rest the world watches as ice caps melt, ice-sheets break off in Antarctica and Australia suffers from flash floods. What are they waiting for?

    Yes we can

    Thankfully there was a ray of hope on the horizon. The presence of the Obama administration at the climate negotiations and the fact that the US is once again engaged in the discussions seems to have lifted the mood. However, there has been little or no real progress made on the key issues and decisions we need on climate change. A change in mood just isn’t enough.

    We need our heads of state, world leaders, to take responsibility. We need all of the Presidents, Chancellors and Prime Ministers of the world to take personal responsibility and commit to making climate change important enough to show up to these meetings themselves. Stop letting weeks of negotiations go by without any progress. We need our leaders to take responsibility for this process, give their negotiators clear and strong direction over the course of this year, and show up to the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December, and make sure that we all get the climate deal that we need.

    A little less conversation, a little more action

    We need real leadership and some hard numbers. The US has to come back with solid proposals in June, at the next round of negotiations, and the rest of the industrialised world has to knuckle down and close the gap between what they have agreed to and what the science says is necessary to to avert runaway climate change.

    We need targets for reducing greenhouse gases and money on the table for poorer countries to pay for climate impacts they’re already experiencing and to take action to control their own growing emissions. This has a price tag - developing countries need at least EUR 110 billion a year (USD $140 billion). This money should be raised through an international scheme that asks rich nations to pay for their carbon footprint, providing the certainty developing countries need to leverage private funds for green investment.

    Besides financing green measures in developing countries, both the US and the EU will need to upgrade their reduction targets in the light of recent science.
    To avoid runaway climate change, developed countries as a group need to commit to 40 percent emission reductions from 1990 levels by 2020.

    Stephanie Tunmore, one our climate experts, who was at the Bonn meeting warned: “We are on the brink of runaway climate change. World leaders need to realise that they can’t change climate science so they must urgently intervene and change the politics. Greenpeace will be working on behalf of the billions of people who will suffer to make sure that happens.”

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 14:09
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    • 13 Apr 2009, 12:50
    It´s great c4t2007 !! But I think we should worry more about these measures are carried out. It's been several years since it was discovered that hydrogen was cleaner and more efficient than gasoline and is still rare to see people with hybrid cars. Now if it´s true what you say will take years to see cars using that measure. All these options are great, but should be accessible in every sense for the people. If they are inaccessible and expensive, people will continue to use gasoline.

    • c4t2007 said...
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    • 14 Apr 2009, 08:19
    Creating 52 beef dinners produces more pollution (mostly greenhouse gases) than using a normal-sized car for an entire year, which i think is more of a saving than using CFL everywhere in your house. So stop eating beef if you're serious about saving the world. Besides, there are plenty of less-polluting alternatives to beef.

    Source: http://www.nationalecarnivorenenquete.nl/ (Dutch)

    “Brazil’s cattle industry [...] is responsible for about 80 percent of all deforestation in the Amazon. In fact, the Brazilian cattle industry is the largest single source of deforestation anywhere in the world. And deforestation in turn causes one-fifth of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world, more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.” - Lindsey Allen
    Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun
    Up to 90 percent of logging has ties to organized crime in some tropical countries.
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    What's inside your box of Kleenex?


    United States — What’s it take to get the makers of Kleenex to protect forests as vigilantly as they protect profits? Kimberly-Clark, the parent company of Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, and Viva, will be holding its annual shareholder meeting in Dallas at the end of April 2009, and we plan to be there to push for forest protection.

    In the run up to the meeting, we’ll be focusing a lot of attention on Kimberly-Clark's destructive business practices, starting with a video entitled "What’s inside your box of Kleenex?"

    The answer, of course, is that every box of Kleenex is filled with ancient forests.

    Kimberly-Clark doesn’t use recycled content in most of its consumer paper products, and the “What’s inside your box of Kleenex?”video shows just how much forest destruction Kimberly-Clark is packing into every box.



    Tissue Guide provides consumers with alternatives to Kimberly-Clark’s forest destruction

    We released the Greenpeace Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide in February to help consumers find alternatives to Kimberly-Clark’s forest-destroying products. The story was picked up by the New York Times, The Guardian and other media outlets.

    Kimberly-Clark continues to wipe away ancient forests to make disposable products because the company does not have a comprehensive plan for protecting forests.

    The company itself has admitted that recycled fiber can provide “the product softness and quality consumers have come to expect from the Kleenex brand.” So why doesn't Kimberly-Clark have a plan that ensures it's not buying any virgin fiber from the Boreal or any other endangered forests?

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 14:10
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    • 21 Apr 2009, 08:30
    Whaling, lies and cover-ups must stop


    Shimonoseki, Japan — Shrouded in the early morning gloom, the Japanese whaling fleet factory ship, Nisshin Maru, crept back into port without the usual fanfare. In fact, the only greeting party was comprised of our activists.

    The Nisshin Maru unloads whalemeat here - the by-product of their "science", which is chopped and boxed on board the factory ship ready for market as soon as they come into port.

    We documented, as best we could from a distance, the offloading of the ship's cargo to monitor for further signs of the whale meat embezzlement we uncovered last year. An official request to permit us to officially document what precisely was unloaded from the ship was turned down by the Fisheries Agency of Japan.

    That's not surpising, given the whalers' track record of censoring information that should be public, and their failure to respect the democratic rights and civil liberties of their critics.

    Exposed

    Last year, boxes of embezzled whale meat, some falsely labelled “cardboard”, were offloaded and couriered to the homes of the ship’s crew. Whistleblowers told us that this was standard practice, but the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) publically denied it. It was only later that the three institutions which run the whaling programme managed to get their stories straight and claimed that the boxes of prime whale meat were approved as “souvenirs”.

    It is now one year since our activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki first exposed the embezzlement of whale meat from the fleet. They are still awaiting trial and facing up to ten years in prison, yet nothing has been done to address the scandal and the real criminals behind the embezzlement.

    The FAJ promised greater transparency, but in January it again covered up the truth by heavily censoring documents containing whale meat sales data, released to us following a Freedom of Information request. We got, essentially, nothing but blacked-out pieces of paper.

    The Japanese public paid 1.2 billion yen (12 million US dollars/ 9 million euros) this year subsidising whaling in the Southern Ocean. If whalemeat “souvenirs” are indeed a legitimate practice, the public has the right to know how much of their money has been spent buying gifts for the crew.

    Government subsidies of an unwanted, unneeded, and increasingly secretive whaling programme is a slap in the face for Japanese taxpayers at a time when Japan is suffering the worst recession for a generation.

    The few bureaucrats in the Japanese government who benefit from whaling are trying to keep the industry alive through actions which are an insult to good business practice, which harm Japan's reputation abroad, and which threaten civil liberties domestically -- all to continue a programme which a majority of Japanese citizens don't support.

    Disgraced

    When the same ship left last year to begin the hunt they did so without their usual farewell party. The quiet departure and subdued arrival is a fitting reflection of the fact that the government has finally come to understand that whaling is nothing to be proud of.

    "With warehouses full to overflowing with whale meat from previous years hunts, which can’t even be given away, this years catch of 680 whales is still 680 too many,” said Junichi Sato, one of the Tokyo Two now facing trial. “This must be the last of these so-called “scientific” whaling expeditions.”

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 14:12
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    • 11 May 2009, 20:40
    The suicidal tendencies of the Turkish tuna fishery


    Karaburun, Turkey — The Turkish government has set its own catch limit for the endangered Mediterranean bluefin tuna - in total disregard for internationally agreed quotas and scientific advice.

    The existing management plan for bluefin tuna is bad enough. By pressuring politicians to ignore the warnings of scientists, the Mediterranean tuna industry has created a suicide pact, not a management plan. Now Turkey, by objecting to even those inadequate restrictions, is telling its legal fleet to fish for everything it can before it's all gone. And to add insult to absurdity, there's still the illegal catch to consider -- and Turkey just got caught red-handed with an illegal landing of between 5 and 10 tonnes of juvenile bluefin tuna in the Turkish port of Karaburun. And this year's bluefin tuna fishing season is only just getting started!
    Turkey currently operates the largest Mediterranean fleet fishing for bluefin tuna, an economically and ecologically valuable species facing imminent collapse as direct result of overfishing. Northern bluefin tuna have long been an important part of the Mediterranean economy and way of life. In ancient Rome, tuna fishing and salting were two of the empire’s most stable industries. Today, virtually all bluefin tuna from the Mediterranean is exported to Japan creating vast profits over the last decade, which have fuelled an industry with no concern for the future of a species that has been reduced to critical levels, threatening its own future and those of hundreds of fishermen.

    An international disgrace

    Management of bluefin tuna is entrusted to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), an intergovernmental organisation in which the European Union is an active and influential member. In September 2008, an independent performance review of ICCAT noted that the management of the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean was “widely seen as an international disgrace.” The Turkish government objected to the bluefin tuna quota that was agreed upon at the ICCAT meeting last November.

    The last goodbye

    Alongside ICCAT quotas, a minimum legal landing size is set at 30 kg to allow for at least one reproduction cycle before any catch. But catches below this limit have recently been reported by both Turkish and Italian media. Ignoring international quota limits means that Turkey will bring an end to the bluefin tuna business even faster through the commercial extinction of the species.

    Since 2006, scientists have been sounding the alarm on the dire state of the bluefin tuna stock. They have advised not to fish above a maximum of 15,000 tonnes, and to protect the species’ spawning grounds during the crucial months of May and June. But the spawning grounds are ravaged by industrial fleets every year and the actual haul has been estimated at a shocking 61,100 tonnes in 2007, twice the legal catch for that year, and more than four times the scientifically recommended level. This year, a so called ‘recovery plan’ for bluefin tuna will legally allow fishing that is 47 percent above the maximum sustainable limit.

    No fish, no future

    Turkey, and all other fishing nations including European countries, should close the bluefin fishery immediately until management is in strict compliance with the scientific advice, fishing has decreased to sustainable levels and marine reserves are established to protect the bluefin breeding grounds.

    Since 2006, we have documented at sea, and compiled numerous cases of illegal fishing in the Mediterranean, including fishing during closed seasons, catches of undersized tuna, illegal reflagging of fishing vessels, illegal use of spotter planes, unlicensed fishing vessels and tuna farms, unregulated transhipments, illegal landings and false declarations, substantial unreported over-catches and further increase of fishing fleet capacity. Since the fishing industry is now completely out of control and leading the bluefin tuna to near-extinction.

    We're advocating the creation of a network of no-take marine reserves, protecting 40 percent of the world’s oceans, as the long term solution to the overfishing of tuna and other species, and the recovery of our overexploited blue planet.

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 14:13
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    • 26 May 2009, 09:44
    Beam me up Sunny!


    International — Solar power is for wimps. You'd be forgiven if that was the impression you had, given that it's been the (usually) implicit message coming from the oil and coal industries for decades now. Obviously, they don't want you to know about the real potential for solar energy. You can easily melt steel by concentrating the sun's energy, but... not a lot of people know that!

    Concentrating Solar Power systems are the next big thing in renewable energy. They produce electricity using hundreds of mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays to a temperature between 400 and 1000 degrees Celsius. Put into context - bacteria die at 50 degrees, water boils at 100 degrees and volcanic lava is 1000 degrees Celsius. CSP uses direct sunlight called "beam radiation" - this is the sunlight that is not deviated by clouds, fumes or dust in the atmosphere.
    Suitable sites for CSP are those with large amounts of these beams, ideally located between the equator and 40 degrees latitude north or south. A range of technologies can be used to concentrate and collect sunlight and to turn it into medium to high temperature heat. This heat is then used to create electricity in a conventional way - using a steam or gas turbine or a Stirling engine.

    A revolution just waiting to happen

    In a very short time, the technology has demonstrated huge technological and economic promise. It has one major advantage - a massive renewable resource, the sun - and very few downsides. For regions as sunny as California, CSP offers the same opportunity as the large offshore wind farms in Europe. Concentrating solar power to generate bulk electricity is one of the technologies best-suited to mitigating climate change in an affordable way, as well as reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.

    CSP has actually been around for more than a century. The first systems were installed in 1912 near Cairo in Egypt to generate steam for a pump that delivered water for irrigation. It was competitive with coal-fired installations in regions where coal was expensive. But coal got cheaper - even as the expense to our planet's ecosystem has skyrocketed.

    Commercial applications of CSP were not developed until the mid 1980s. The first large-scale stations were built in California's Mojave Desert and the biggest projects currently under construction are in Calafornia and Spain. CSP is now the third multi-billion dollar industry for clean power generation having expanded rapidly over the past five years to become a mass-produced and mainstream energy generation solution. It can deliver reliable industry-scale power around the clock thanks to modern storage technologies and hybrid operations.



    We've got the power!

    Our latest report, Global Concentrating Solar Power Outlook 2009 (published jointly with the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association and the International Energy Agency's SolarPACES) charts a number of scenarios for development of CSP as part of the energy revolution which the world needs if we are to avoid the catastrophic effects of runaway climate change.

    Who's the wimp now?

    Investment in CSP will this year exceed 2 billion euros (USD 2.58 billion) and could be worth 20.8 billion euros (USD 26.8 billion). Our report outlines how Concentrating Solar Power can meet up to 7 percent of the world’s projected power needs in 2030 and a full quarter by 2050 (under an advanced industry development scenario).

    Amazingly, CSP can achieve about 20 percent of the total reduction of energy-related carbon emissions needed to save the climate!

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 14:06
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    • 1 Jun 2009, 09:06
    Major brands implicated in Amazon destruction


    Brazil — Just as protecting the world’s forests is rapidly becoming a recognized necessity for fighting climate change, we have discovered that major fashion, food and sports brand names are unwittingly driving the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

    Our three-year investigation into Brazil’s booming cattle industry - the largest source of deforestation in the world and Brazil’s main source of CO2 emissions - has found that some of the brands that we all know and love could be implicated in the widespread deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. The investigation also uncovers how the Brazilian government is bankrolling the destruction and is undermining its own efforts to tackle the global climate crisis.

    Dirty Farms

    The new Greenpeace report Slaughtering the Amazon tracks beef, leather and other cattle products from ranches involved in illegal deforestation, invasion of indigenous lands and slavery in Brazil back to the supply chains of top brands such as Adidas/Reebok, Timberland, Geox, Carrefour, Eurostar, Honda, Gucci, IKEA, Kraft, Clarks, Nike, Tesco and Wal-Mart.

    Greenpeace investigators found that the Brazilian government has a vested interest in the further expansion of the cattle industry; it part-owns three of the country’s cattle giants - Bertin, JBS and Marfrig - which are responsible for fuelling the destruction of huge tracts of the Amazon. That’s right; the Amazon rainforest is being wiped out to make room for the beef in your TV dinner and the leather on your sneakers. Humans rights abuses, deforestation and climate change seem to us like a pretty big price to pay for the trainers we put on before our morning run.

    Lula’s loopholes

    Brazilian President Lula’s government forecasts that the country’s share of the global beef market will double by 2018. 2018 seems to be a big year for the Brazilian government as it also claims this is the year by which it will have cut deforestation by 72 percent. The expansion of the cattle sector threatens to undermine the government’s ability to fulfill its pledge. Brazil is the fourth largest climate polluter in the world, with the majority of its climate emissions coming from the clearance and burning of the Amazon rainforest.

    “By bankrolling the destruction of the Amazon for cattle, President Lula’s government is undermining its own climate commitments as well as the global effort to tackle the climate crisis,” said Andre Muggiati, Greenpeace Brazil, Amazon campaigner. “If it wants to be part of the climate solution, Lula’s government must get out of bed with cattle industry, and instead commit to ending Amazon deforestation. Otherwise it will be culpable in the global climate catastrophe that will ensue,” he added.

    Greenpeace is calling for developed world governments to provide USD 140 billion a year to tackle the climate crisis, to fund both mitigation and adaptation measures in developing countries. Approximately USD 40 billion a year of this should be designated to forest protection. The funds would be provided in return for a commitment to stop deforestation by 2015 in the Amazon and globally by 2020.

    World leaders must take personal responsibility to agree strong global deal at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009 in order to avert catastrophic climate change. Tropical deforestation accounts for approximately 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the world’s entire transport sector, so any deal must effectively tackle deforestation.

    Edited by yujuuuu on 6 Jun 2009, 13:49
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    • 2 Jun 2009, 12:23
    Approximately USD 40 billion a year of this should be designated to forest protection. The funds would be provided in return for a commitment to stop deforestation by 2015 in the Amazon and globally by 2020.Protection money? I suppose that's what police are paid. I read the police in Brazil are rather corrupt,* but if they only shoot people who destroy resources without need (cattle is redundant and inefficient, and most taste of beef comes from the spices), i support them.

    It would be nice if you included source links, btw.

    “Brazil’s cattle industry [...] is responsible for about 80 percent of all deforestation in the Amazon. In fact, the Brazilian cattle industry is the largest single source of deforestation anywhere in the world. And deforestation in turn causes one-fifth of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world, more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.” - Lindsey Allen
    Child labour: the tobacco industry's smoking gun
    Up to 90 percent of logging has ties to organized crime in some tropical countries.
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    • 2 Jun 2009, 14:45
    ok, thanks for your opinion. I´ll include source links in future adds.

  • please provide citations too

    hi yujuuuu ,

    can you provide citations(a research paper, a documented evidence, anything like that) for the claims...i wish to spread this news to other forums...etc

    thanks.

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -- Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!
    -Rudyard Kipling (from the poem IF)
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    • 6 Jun 2009, 14:05
    Hi creepingdeathv2,

    I have changed the news that have already posted and were included in this section and now, if you click on the title (green) you can access to the Greenpeace International´s site and see the information.

    Thank you for your interest and spread.

  • ok....great!! thanks.

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -- Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!
    -Rudyard Kipling (from the poem IF)
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    • 16 Jun 2009, 08:44
    Climate challenge even greater after UN meeting in Bonn


    Bonn, Germany — As another round of Bonn climate talks limps to a close, and the UN Climate Summit to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December this year draw closer and closer, it’s a good opportunity to take a look at the progress that’s been made so far…

    On the plus side, almost everything is now on the table. On the minus side, almost everything now on the table is still on the table, and doesn’t look likely to be going anywhere fast. In fact, one draft document that was 50 pages long at the start of the Bonn meeting is now closer to 300 pages long. Given that one of the purposes of this meeting was to narrow options down, it’s safe to assume that ‘progress’, therefore, has not been significant.

    On the other hand, money from the industrialised world to help developing countries to switch to clean energy, keep tropical rainforests intact and adapt to unavoidable climate impacts is still missing from the table. But the biggest space of all is where the robust, effective emissions cuts for industrialised countries should be. The science demands that, as a group, these countries need to cut emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. So far they have offered - at most – 15 percent. Unless they raise their game considerably over the next six months, the world will be heading for a global temperature rise of 3° C and the distinct possibility of irreversible climate impacts.

    We can’t carry on like this and still hope to get the outcome the planet needs at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. Something has to change.

    Leaders need apply

    The climate change issue has to be passed right to the top of the political ‘food chain’. Heads of governments must take responsibility for protecting the climate and, in so doing, protecting the planet and its people.

    Think about it. There’s probably not a single ministry or government department that remains untouched by this issue; energy, environment, foreign affairs, treasury – the list goes on. And every single one of them will have its own perspectives and priorities. In every capital city around the world, the person who has the ‘big picture’ - the person who sits at the desk where the buck ultimately stops - needs to stand up, step up and lead.

    Next chance for action

    Next month, the heads of the world’s richest countries will get together in Italy for the G8 Summit. This will be an historical opportunity for these leaders to break the deadlock and send a strong signal of intent by agreeing deep cuts in emissions and putting money on the table for developing countries.

    In December around 15,000 assorted politicians, negotiators, journalists, observers, caterers and cleaners will set up camp in the Copenhagen Bellacentre for the two week Climate Summit. We expect world leaders to be there, acting in our name and taking responsibility for our future.

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    • 17 Jun 2009, 15:28
    Amazon destruction not such a good look


    Brazil — Just two weeks after our exposé 'Slaughtering the Amazon' showed how the Brazilian cattle industry is decimating the Amazon rainforest, we are seeing a stampede as companies and the World Bank start to sever their links with the slaughterhouses and farms involved.

    News is just out that the World Bank has cancelled its loan to Brazilian cattle giant, Bertin. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, withdrew a USD 90 million loan to Bertin. The loan - intended for the company to further expand into the Amazon region – would only lead to more rainforest destruction and fuel global climate change. The last USD 30 million hand-out from the IFC will no longer be given and it is anticipated that the IFC will ask for the USD 60 million it has already invested to be returned earlier than previously agreed.

    "It is good news that the World Bank is withdrawing these funds, yet scandalous that it was feeding a company that causes Amazon deforestation and climate change in the first place," said Paulo Adario, Greenpeace Brazil’s Amazon campaign director. "For a bank that portrays itself as the 'knowledge bank', this was a very ill-conceived and thoroughly destructive use of its resources. It must now guarantee that it will not invest in such damaging projects in the future."

    So what about the brands?

    Brazilian retailers have also reacted to our investigation. The three biggest supermarket chains in Brazil - Carrefour, Wal-Mart and Pão de Açúcar – said they will suspend all trade in cattle products from farms involved in deforestation in a key area of the Amazon. We have yet to see such a positive reaction from the big brands in the US and Europe, which were also implicated in our report - among them, Nike, Adidas, Clarks and Geox and several well-known supermarkets.

    Back in Brazil, there have also been some legal moves. Prior to the release of our report, a federal prosecutor in Pará State filed a billion dollar lawsuit against 20 farms and 10 cattle companies, as well as Bertin. Under the law suit, offending farms will be fined for environmental damage and their operations suspended in areas of forest that have been destroyed illegally.

    Watch this space

    Things are moving fast – and not all the news is good news. The Brazilian government still refuses to get out of bed with the powerful agribusiness industry. Environment Minister Carlos Minc, who has praised our report and said he agrees with our recommendations, is under fire from the agribusiness bosses, who are circulating a petition calling for his removal.

    And, while President Lula talks the talk at the international climate negotiations, he has yet to prove he will take the leadership required to help protect us from climate change by protecting the Amazon.

    In early June, the Brazilian Congress passed legislation which was originally intended to legalise the land-holdings of small settlers, but they changed it to include provisions that benefited medium-to-large land grabbers and business interests. The law will privatise ownership of up to 67 million hectares of the Amazon rainforest, land that has been occupied illegally. This is an area bigger than Norway and Germany combined, and puts Amazon protection in jeopardy.

    Lula can still stop the worst parts of this bad legislation going through. Whether or not he does so will indicate whether history will remember him as one of the leaders who averted runaway climate change or one of the losers that brought it on. Forests are a vital defence against global climate change. Any effective deal to save the climate must include a deal to protect forests.

    President Lula needs to veto the worst articles of this law and commit to zero deforestation. In return, rich countries must dig deep and fund forest protection in Brazil, Indonesia and other forested countries. We also need Lula and all other Heads of State to take personal responsibility for securing an effective climate deal by attending the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December and taking immediate action to guarantee a positive outcome.

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    • 20 Jun 2009, 13:30
    First fin whales killed in Iceland

    Iceland — The whaling boat Hvalur 9 dragged two massive fin whales up to the ancient whaling station ramp at Hvalförður in the early hours. If it were not for Iceland’s midnight sun the whalers would have been sneaking in under the cover of the night – a scene befitting the shameful hunt that can only do untold damage to Iceland’s reputation.

    Slideshow of images of the first fin whales being brought to the Hvalfjordur-fjord.

    The whales were killed on Friday morning, just days before the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings begin in Madeira, Portugal. The start of the hunt was clearly intended to deride efforts to modernise the Commission and stop the needless slaughter of whales.

    The whales are the first of 150 fin whales Icelandic whaler Kristjan Loftsson plans to hunt this year, despite having no domestic market for the meat and no interest from importers in Japan. The hunt is part of a 5 year whaling programme agreed by the former Icelandic government, just hours before it collapsed earlier this year. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists fin whales as an endangered species globally that requires special protection.

    Iceland’s new government “fallen asleep” on the issue

    Iceland’s new government under Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir has openly voiced its opposition to whaling. Yet, by failing to stop the hunt it appears to have fallen asleep on the issue and allowed the whalers to dictate policy.

    The government has not only failed to stop the controversial fin whale hunt from going ahead. It is also failing to stop a hunt of minke whales that started in May. Shockingly, the minkes are being hunted in the same areas as those visited by whale watching trips.

    By not taking action to stop the hunts, the new government risks squandering a real chance to save Iceland’s environmental and international reputation, as well as hopes for speedy accession to the pro-conservation Europe Union.



    No market for whale meat

    There is no domestic whale meat market in Iceland. Loftsson justifies the hunt by promising to sell the meat to Japan, claiming it can help Iceland recover from its economic crisis.

    We recently showed that this is absolute hogwash, when we released audio and an English transcript of a very interesting conversation we had with the Japanese trader who imported fin and minke whale meat from Iceland and Norway last year. The head of the Asia Trading Company in Tokyo told us very clearly that he will not take any more in the future, because there is no market for the whale meat in Japan. In fact, he only took it last year as a favour to Loftsson because he is a friend.

    Iceland hunt starts on eve of IWC meetings

    The fin whale hunt has started just before the IWC meets in Madeira, Portugal. The blatant disregard displayed by the Icelandic whalers for international agreements, economics and the environment is a prime example of why the IWC needs to put its own house in order and become an effective conservation body that works for whales, not whalers.

    Madeira is a perfect setting for such change. In 1981, Portugal moved to protect all whales and dolphins throughout its territories, ending the island’s long association with whaling. Madeira’s fast-growing whale watching industry proves once again that whales are worth much more alive than dead.

    Icleand is well positioned to follow this example. More than 115,000 people have already taken our Iceland Pledge, saying they would visit the country, and go whale watching, if the government ends whaling.

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    • 3 Jul 2009, 08:17
    HP, Lenovo and Dell penalised for breaking their green IT promises


    International — We're giving HP, Lenovo and Dell--the world's biggest PC makers--a penalty point in our updated Guide to Greener Electronics, for backtracking on their commitments to eliminate PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their products by the end of 2009.

    Staff at HP's Dutch headquarters were greeted on arrival by Greenpeace activists confronting them with pictures of the pollution HP's toxic products cause in Asia and Africa. The PC giant has already received a public reminder of the need to reprioritise toxic chemical phase out, when activists returned 'toxic laptops' to the company's Chinese headquarters on July 1.

    Hold them to their word

    We will keep up the pressure on HP and other companies who fail to live up to their voluntary commitments.

    There are no excuses for backtracking, and no reason for these companies not to have PCs free of PVC and BFRs. PVC contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle; during its production, use, and disposal it is the single most environmentally damaging of all plastics, and can form dioxin, a known carcinogen, when burned. BFRs are highly resistant to degradation in the environment and are able to bio-accumulate (build up in animals and humans) and can be released from products during use, leading to their presence in household dust and resulting in increased human exposure.

    In 14th place HP continues to lag behind other PC brands in the ranking, having postponed its 2007 commitment to phase out PVC and BFRs from its computer products (excluding its server and printer lines) from 2009 to 2011. Unlike Dell and Lenovo, however, HP is not even putting PVC- and BFR-reduced products on the market.

    Nokia remains top with 7.4 out of 10, and Samsung (2nd) and Sony Ericsson (3rd) catching up with 7.1 and 6.5 points respectively. LGE, Toshiba and Motorola move up the ranking to take 4th, 5th and 6th place. Sony drops down from 5th to 12th position, as it has not kept pace with progress made by other companies, especially on e-waste recycling performance. At the bottom Lenovo also drops down due to further weakening of its commitment on toxic chemicals phase-out.

    Apple makes BFR-free and (almost) PVC-free computers

    Apple's new computer lines, virtually free of PVC and completely BFR-free, demonstrate the technical feasibility and supply-chain readiness of producing alternatives to these hazardous substances. Dell, Lenovo and Acer have also stayed ahead of HP, putting models on the market that are free, or at least significantly reduced in their use, of PVC and BFRs. Dell recently engaged in a public spat with Apple over Apple's claims to have the greenest family of notebooks.

    It's ridiculous that some companies, such as Dell, are busy challenging Apple's advertising claims when Apple is clearly leading its competitors on toxics phase out. All PC companies should be concentrating on matching or beating Apple’s lead on this important issue.

    There's no excuse now

    We're calling on companies to eliminate BFRs and PVC from their product range. These substances are harmful throughout the entire lifecycle of a product; phase-out reduces pollution during the production and disposal of electronics and makes products capable of being recycled in a responsible manner.

    It's technically feasible, and consumers want it too, but above all the electronics industry needs to clean up urgently as a matter of principle. Their e-waste is poisoning the poor.


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    • 8 Jul 2009, 11:51
    G8 countries urged to act


    International — On the eve of the G8 summit in Italy - our activists have been beaming a message on the Kremlin and floating a life-sized iceberg past the Eiffel tower to call for urgent action from world leaders to save the climate.

    On the evening of the first day of Russia-US summit being held in the Kremlin, we reminded Presidents' Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama of their responsibility to take leadership in agreeing plans to avert catastrophic climate change. Our activists used a laser projector to create a call to action visible from President Obama's hotel: "Leaders Act! Save Climate!"

    Russian roulette?

    We are demanding that Medvedev and Obama quit gambling with our future and take personal responsibility preventing runaway climate change and the massive social and environmental disaster that would ensue. We're asking them to personally attend the UN Climate Summit in December and to guarantee a good deal for the climate.

    To avoid catastrophic climate change, developed countries must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels and lower them as close to zero as possible by 2050. But, both Russian and the US emission plans are far from what is required to solve the problem. Currently Washington has planned cuts amounting to only 14 percent of their current level by 2020. And, in Russia, by 2020, the volume of greenhouse emissions would actually increase by a dangerous 36 percent from their current level.

    At their first meeting in April this year, the Presidents of Russia and the US agreed to open a new page in their relationship. Tackling climate change must be on that page. We welcome any progress on nuclear disarmament during this meeting. But, the planet faces an additional human made threat - climate change. We must not only end the threat of a nuclear winter but avertcatastrophic global warming at the same time.

    Ice, ice Sarkozy?

    Early this morning, Greenpeace activists in France were highlighting the climate crises by floating a life-sized mock iceberg on the River Seine towards the Eiffel tower. They also gave a clear message to President Sarkozy and his counterparts by holding banners at the foot of the iceberg, stating “Sarkozy : climate leadership now” and “G8: climate leadership now”. With only five months to the UN Climate Summit, the G8 countries need to commit to serious and binding emission cuts.



    The average global temperature is increasing to dangerous levels due to the release of hundreds of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past two and a half centuries. Ice shelves are collapsing, glaciers are shrinking and sea levels are rising. Without strong measures from the G8 heads of state to keep temperature rise as far below 2 degrees Celcius as possible we will see mass migration, mass extinctions and mass starvation.

    The clean energy and efficiency technologies needed to reduce emissions already exist and the world has enough financial resources to switch to these technologies. But the main block is the sheer lack of political will.

    A million climate saving jobs

    At a time of economic recession, G8 leaders are clearly reluctant to make dramatic changes. But, one million more jobs would be created in G8 countries by 2020 if the leaders of these wealthy countries agreed to switch from coal and other climate-destroying conventional energy sources to renewables, in order to help slash carbon emissions and avoid a climate catastrophe.

    Our latest Energy [R]evolution research shows that this bold move would provide one million jobs in renewables alone -- 460,000 more jobs in the energy sector than would be available if they stay on the business as usual carbon-intensive path. This would cut power-related C02 emissions by 50 percent by 2030. The quickest way to get people back to work, kick-start sustainable economic growth is clear, G8 leaders must tackle the twin crises of global economic recession and climate change together. Continuing prosperity depends on preserving the environment and tackling climate change. It is not a choice of green jobs or dirty jobs, but green jobs or ecological and social collapse.

    Watch this space

    All eyes will be on the G8 summit this week - and we have policy advisers there to report back on how the meeting unravels. Meanwhile, in the Arctic, our scientific expedition team has already come across disturbing signs ofaccelerating climate change. Our ship, Arctic Sunrise, is in the Nares Strait, an area that is normally covered in ice until August, but already it is free of ice. In the words of one of the scientists on board, Dr Jason Box, it is “unprecedented that in an area of 450 km of open water we haven't even bumped into a single ice flow."

    We're also documenting the impacts of climate change in the Pacific where another one of our ships, Esperanza, is on a tour of the Cook Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu. Both of these ship tours are highlighting the urgent need for world leaders to act now: to take personal responsibility for tackling climate change and guaranteeing a good deal for the climate in Copenhagen this December.

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    • 31 Jul 2009, 12:25
    Nike just did it


    International — Just a few short weeks after the release of Slaughtering the Amazon Nike has announced new standards for keeping leather made from Amazon destruction out of its shoes.

    Following the release of our report, Nike contacted us because they wanted to work towards a new leather sourcing policy that didn’t contribute to the destruction of the Amazon or climate change. Now they’ll be adhering to those standards until there can be guarantees that none of the leather and other cattle products in Brazil are coming from deforested Amazon land.

    "Nike has set a great precedent for Timberland, Adidas, Reebok, and Clarks to follow,” said Greenpeace forests campaigner Lindsey Allen. “Brazil’s cattle industry, which supplies leather for shoes, is responsible for about 80 percent of all deforestation in the Amazon. In fact, the Brazilian cattle industry is the largest single source of deforestation anywhere in the world. And deforestation in turn causes one-fifth of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the world, more than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined.”

    Nike sets the example

    Our three year investigation into the Brazilian cattle industry exposed the many complicated steps in the global trade in leather and beef products from Brazilian corporations Bertin, JBS and Marfrig. We’ve identified hundreds of ranches belonging to these part-Brazilian-government-owned companies operating within the Amazon rainforest and supplying cattle to slaughterhouses in the Amazon region. Where we were able to obtain mapped boundaries for ranches, satellite analysis reveals that significant supplies of cattle come from ranches active in recent and illegal deforestation. In addition to the horrible destruction of the land, data reveals trade with ranches using slavery as well as a Bertin slaughterhouse receiving supplies of cattle from an illegal ranch occupying Indian Lands.

    The roar of destruction, slavery and injustice becomes muffled as the slaughterhouses in the Amazon region ship their hides and beef to company facilities thousands of miles away in the south of Brazil. The hides are sent south for further processing before they are exported. In a number of cases, additional processing also takes place in import countries before the final product actually reaches the market. With so many steps along the way, criminal or “dirty” supplies of cattle are being “laundered” through this supply chain to an unwitting global market of customers.

    Report speeds up race to save the Amazon

    The announcement from Nike is the latest in a string of welcome news for the Amazon and the climate since June 1st, when the “Slaughtering the Amazon” report was released. The day after publication, the Public Prosecution Office in Brazil’s Para State announced that it was opening a billion-dollar lawsuit against several farms and various companies operating there, including one slaughterhouse owned by Brazil’s cattle giant Bertin.

    On June 12th, several major grocery store chains in Brazil, including Wal-Mart and Carrefour, banned beef purchased from the farms accused by the Para state prosecutor’s office of being involved in illegal deforestation. The very next day, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private lending arm of the World Bank, announced that it was withdrawing a US$90 million dollar loan to Bertin. Then, on June 22nd, the world’s fourth largest beef trader, Marfrig, announced a moratorium that would prevent the company from buying cattle raised in newly deforested areas within the Amazon. Unfortunately, the other companies linked to Amazon deforestation in our report continue to offer nothing but excuses.


    UPDATE: Timberland has announced a new policy agreement with Greenpeace that will help ensure the leather used in its boots and shoes is not contributing to new deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest or global warming. The policy will not only guide Timberland’s leather procurement from Brazil to ensure it is not supporting deforestation, but also sets a deadline for Timberland’s suppliers to publicly commit to a moratorium on cattle expansion into the Amazon.

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    • 30 Aug 2009, 03:03
    Michael Jackson blows dude wieners...even now still.

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    • 9 Sep 2009, 11:13
    Arctic Meltdown


    Sermilik Fjord, Greenland — A climate tipping point is looming closer every day in the Arctic. The more we find out about the Polar Regions, the more we realise that what we know about the impact of feedback effects has been underestimated. Recent discoveries highlight the need for action now, before it’s too late.

    Subtropical currents

    A team of independent scientists on board the Arctic Sunrise is investigating whether warming subtropical ocean currents are causing Greenland glaciers to melt faster than before.

    While the melt from warming temperatures is a known phenomenon, the influence of currents is less understood, and new research conducted by Dr Fiamma Straneo of the Woods Hole Oceanographic institution is groundbreaking. (Or, perhaps, "icebreaking"?)

    "Over the last decade we've seen dramatic changes in the Greenland ice sheet; in particular there’s been a large loss of mass of ice from Greenland’s outlet glaciers. One of the mechanisms we think may have triggered these changes is the inflow of warm subtropical water inside of Greenland's glacial fjords," Dr Straneo said.



    A (frozen) river runs through it

    These currents could be causing the dramatic melt of Greenlandic glaciers. Dr Gordon Hamilton, of the University of Maine, has been studying the speed of flow of the Greenland glaciers, and in particular Helheim glacier.

    Glaciers are like frozen rivers, with ice slowly moving downstream at an average of 50 meters per year. Helheim glacier is moving at the speed of 25 meters per DAY. Located further North, the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier moves at an average of 38 meters per day. This is opening the way for the Greenland ice sheet to flow out, melt in the Atlantic Ocean, and contribute to sea level rise.

    "Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier is probably the world's fastest moving glacier. It tripled its speed between 2004 and 2005, which tells us the glacier is moving mass out of the middle of Greenland's ice sheet, in the form of icebergs, at a rate three times faster than just a few years ago. This has important implications for both the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet, and for the rate of global sea level rise," said Dr Hamilton.



    Accelerating feedback effects

    Other feedback effects in the Arctic are highlighted in a new WWF report, pointing out that their influence on the global climate also may have been underestimated.

    Arctic multi-year sea ice is increasingly replaced by younger sea ice, making the ice-cap more vulnerable to melting in the summer. This allows the surface water to absorb more heat. The permafrost (permanently frozen ground) is heating up as well, releasing underground methane, a potent greenhouse gas. This methane then further contributes to global warming.

    This report also points out that the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2007 estimates on sea-level rise were too optimistic, and offers new estimates of up to 1.2 meters by the end of the century.

    Beyond the tipping point

    In 2007, the IPCC reported an estimated sea-level rise of 20 to 50 cm. As worrying as these figures were, evidence now suggest things are worse than they'd thought. The effect that the melting Greenland ice-sheet could have on sea-level rise was not fully included in the IPCC reports, since these findings are too recent.

    Once we go beyond the tipping point where global warming feeds itself, there will be no going back. The time for action is now. In 95 days, the Copenhagen climate Conference will start. World leaders have to show their commitment to the climate by attending and adopting strong emissions targets.

    We can wait no longer.

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