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Revealed: HSBC linked to forest destruction

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 16 January 2017 at 12:05pm - Comments

This is a guest blog from Annisa Rahmawati, Senior Forest Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding destructive palm oil companies.

Fiat and Renault: An industry in crisis

Posted by Emily Randall — 14 January 2017 at 1:54pm - Comments
Renault and fiat logos
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The car industry is under the spotlight this week. Fiat are facing accusations of cheating on diesel emissions by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Like Volkswagen it is about using technology that hides the true impact and damage their cars are doing. The accusations came just a day after Volkswagen admitted to cheating emissions tests in over 500,000 vehicles and received fines of $4.3bn.

In the era of Trump it's time to build bridges not walls

Posted by India Thorogood — 13 January 2017 at 5:02pm - Comments
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Next week, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, after a year when, around the world, the politics of hate, fear and division too often blossomed. He'll be a President that has not only denied climate change but attempted to divide our world and send a message of hatred.

5 cookery tips for a delicious #Veganuary

Posted by Sara Ayech — 11 January 2017 at 12:39pm - Comments

I was 13 when I became a veggie, much to my family’s horror. My mum dragged me to the doctor, and put chicken on my plate at every meal, then eventually stopped cooking in protest. Luckily I’m in charge now — so around 15 years ago I took the plunge and became a vegan. 

Up where the air isn’t clear

Posted by Emily Randall — 6 January 2017 at 11:22am - Comments
Mary Poppins in air pollution mask over Westminster to highlight air pollution
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Mary Poppins in air pollution mask flies over Westminster to highlight air pollution in the UK

Children’s hero Mary Poppins is back. But the air isn’t clear as she makes her descent - she has to wear an air pollution mask to cut through the toxic fumes.

5 eco-friendly ways to dispose of your old Christmas tree

Posted by Richard Casson — 4 January 2017 at 6:16pm - Comments
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When a Christmas tree ends up in a landfill it decomposes and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Methane's bad news for our climate. But here's the good news -- instead of sending your old tree to the local dump, there are more sustainable ways to dispose of it now that Christmas is over.

Microbeads consultation: the good, the bad, & the ???

Posted by Elisabeth Whitebread — 20 December 2016 at 12:17pm - Comments
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Back in September, the government announced it was planning to launch a consultation on banning microbeads, those pesky toxic beads that companies have added to face washes, toothpastes, washing powders and other products.

New petition: The government must urgently rethink plans to hike taxes on UK solar

Posted by Richard Casson — 15 December 2016 at 1:09pm - Comments
Solar panel being carried by worker
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This morning I sent an email to Greenpeace's email list, explaining how the government is due to introduce huge tax hikes that could have a devastating impact on the UK solar industry. Here's the email below in case you missed it, and a link to the petition you can sign to push back.

2016 In Pictures

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 13 December 2016 at 2:19pm - Comments
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Actors Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie take peaceful direct action against the government's plans for fracking

To say 2016 has been eventful would be an understatement - the political upheaval brought about by Brexit in the UK and the new president-elect in the United States, not to mention the ongoing conflict in Syria, are just a part of an overall tumultuous year. <--break->

Open letter to Sadiq Khan: we need a diesel-free London

Posted by Emily Randall — 12 December 2016 at 12:48pm - Comments
Close up of car exhaust pipe in Birmingham UK
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Subject: Diesel Free London

Dear Mayor Sadiq Khan,

2016 has been a year full of air pollution lowlights. The UK has the second highest number of premature deaths in Europe owing to bad air quality. London has suffered multiple high air pollution episodes. And the national government has been defeated in the high court for failure to deal with air quality issues. There has never been a more urgent time to take action.

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