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UK Government plans to outlaw microbeads! But a limited ban won't do.

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 7 September 2016 at 8:43am - Comments
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This weekend, the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced a plan to ban microbeads from cosmetic products like face scrubs, toothpastes and shower gels. This is brilliant news for the 350,000 people who have signed our petition in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International, the Marine Conservation Society and the Environmental Investigation Agency. It shows the government is taking steps to protect our oceans from this pointless plastic pollution. BUT… (oh why is there always a ‘but’?!)

In pictures: Love the Amazon on Amazon Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 September 2016 at 1:49pm - Comments

5th September is the day the largest rainforest in the world is celebrated in Brazil. It’s Amazon Day! With an estimated 16,000 tree species the Amazon is often referred to as the lungs of the planet. It is also home to over 20 million people, including thousands of Indigenous Peoples, hundreds of bird species and mammals and over 2.5 million insect species!  <--break->

Thousands of people just chipped in to get this in The Times

Posted by efreeman — 31 August 2016 at 3:37pm - Comments
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Great news. Thanks to donations from more than 4,000 people, today we’ve run an ad in The Times to expose just how unpopular Hinkley nuclear plant is.

Stop Hinkley Point: chip in to get this ad in The Times

Posted by Richard Casson — 30 August 2016 at 4:49pm - Comments
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It's been a month since Theresa May announced a sudden pause on plans to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset. And though opposition to the project seems to get stronger by the week, the final decision could still go either way.

Microbeads - What does a ban look like?

Posted by alice.hunter — 26 August 2016 at 3:41pm - Comments
A full ban on any plastic in any household product that goes down the drain
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On Wednesday this week, the Environmental Audit Committee released a report calling for microbeads to be banned. But what does an effective ban look like? The ban in the US, whilst signalling a huge step forward, is riddled with loopholes.

Microbeads ban creeps closer as MPs demand action

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 24 August 2016 at 2:20pm - Comments
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MPs call for microbeads ban

Great news this morning - an influential government committee just backed our call for a ban on microbeads!<--break->

Sign the petition - ask Theresa May’s Government to show leadership on this important environmental issue and ban microbeads.

7 times the UK press condemned Hinkley nuclear plant

Posted by Alexandra Stenb... — 22 August 2016 at 6:13pm - Comments
Artist's impression of Hinkley nuclear plant
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For a brief moment last month, it looked like the Somerset coast was destined to become the home of the most expensive object in the world -- Hinkley Point nuclear plant.

But after a last minute intervention by Prime Minister Theresa May, the government’s nuclear ambitions were suddenly put on hold.

In pictures: In the palm of our hands, orangutans on their special International Orangutan Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 August 2016 at 8:00am - Comments

Every year on the 19th August the orangutan gets its own special day. One of the renowned victims of the palm oil industry the orangutans are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of the tropical rainforest. The population of the Sumatran orangutan in the wild is thought to have fallen by more than 50% from 1992-2000, due to the degradation of their habitat.

The orangutans, who for the first few years hold tight to their mother's body as she moves through the forest canopy, can live up to 45 years in the wild.

Siemens, Greenpeace and the Munduruku: a response to Juergen Maier

Posted by Mal Chadwick — 17 August 2016 at 10:06am - Comments

Last week, representatives from the Munduruku Indigenous People visited Siemens’ UK headquarters with a group of Greenpeace activists as part of our Save the Heart of the Amazon campaign. Although he wasn’t able to meet with the Munduruku that day, Siemens UK CEO Juergen Maier has published a blog post about our action and the issues surrounding it.

Five reasons why Hinkley nuclear power station is not the golden goose

Posted by efreeman — 11 August 2016 at 12:31pm - Comments
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Hinkley Point is set to be the first new nuclear power station in years, and the most expensive object on earth. The nuclear industry and the government claim Hinkley is a good option if we want to "keep the lights on" - but is it really the golden goose they claim it to be?

Here we expose five popular myths about the nuclear plant.

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