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Greenpeace India: Undaunted, undefeated and unstoppable

Posted by Anonymous — 23 July 2015 at 4:36pm - Comments
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This is a guest post by Vinuta Gopal, who is the interim Co-Executive Director at Greenpeace India.

Greenpeace India ought to be finished by now. We’ve had our accounts frozen, our reputation smeared and our staff banned from travel. Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Home Affairs has done everything he can to shut down our offices, harass our staff and force us to close. But we’re still here.

Why is the ‘party of business’ doing everything they can to damage the main growth industries of the 21st century?

Posted by Graham Thompson — 22 July 2015 at 2:02pm - Comments
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You really do need to speak to your father-in-law, George.

Coal and nuclear are dying, and the future of energy lies in solar. This isn’t a Guardian reader’s fantasy, this is the established trend in energy markets. This isn’t a declaration of victory over carbon dioxide either – the trend isn’t fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change, at least not yet – but it’s useful information for policy makers. Unless you’re George Osborne, in which case it’s time to plough the nation’s remaining finances into life support for nuclear and coal whilst standing athwart history yelling ‘STOP!’ 

Outright ban? Sneaky plans afoot for national parks to get fracked sideways

Posted by LiamBB — 17 July 2015 at 3:06pm - Comments
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Something's missing from Amber Rudd's pledge...

After pledging to protect national parks and groundwater from fracking in January, the Government has revealed a backdoor plan that could be disastrous for some of our most treasured countryside.

Beyond fracking, from Balcombe to Lancashire

Posted by LiamBB — 10 July 2015 at 7:50am - Comments
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RepowerBalcombe members launch their solar coop

Guest blog: Joe Nixon explains how his town, Balcombe in West Sussex, turned the threat of fracking into an opportunity for renewable energy.

Come join our Greenpeace Lobbying Network

Posted by Daniel Jones — 9 July 2015 at 4:19pm - Comments
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Greenpeace volunteers and local fishermen meet Fisheries Minister George Eustice.

The term ‘lobbying’ often invokes images of politicians, big business and grubby deals – and quite understandably too, considering the spate of high profile lobbying scandals over recent years. But what you may not realise is that lobbying, in its purest form, refers to your right to try and influence your elected representative on an issue you care about.

What does the UNESCO verdict mean for the Great Barrier Reef?

Posted by mmacbrid — 2 July 2015 at 11:18am - Comments
Turtle swimming in reef with text: UNESCO verdict in
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UNESCO has made their call on the status of the Great Barrier Reef. They have confirmed the Great Barrier Reef is still at risk and they will keep a close watch on our natural wonder. What does it mean, and what now?

Davies fails to make the case for a 3rd runway

Posted by Graham Thompson — 1 July 2015 at 1:17pm - Comments
Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport
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Greenpeace activists climb onto the top of a plane at London Heathrow Airport

This morning the Davies Commission reported back on airport expansion in the South East of England. To the surprise of absolutely no-one, Davies recommends a third runway at Heathrow, and then tries to make a case that this can be delivered within the UK’s legally binding carbon budget. Inevitably that case is riddled with holes you could fly an airbus through, which, in a way, is the job it was intended to do.

From the Fracking Frontline: Bob Dennett on Lancashire’s historic rejection of fracking

Posted by LiamBB — 1 July 2015 at 9:08am - Comments
Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrill
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Bob Dennett, Frack Free Lancashire [centre], celebrates victory against Cuadrilla

After Lancashire County Council unexpectedly rejected Cuadrilla’s application to frack at Preston New Road on Monday, I wanted to hear a bit more of the story from someone at the frontline of this monumental decision. Bob Dennett is a co-founder of Frack Free Lancashire. He told me a bit about the story that led to Monday’s campaign win, and the fight that still lies ahead.

Greenpeace at Formula E....and we are serious

Posted by Anonymous — 30 June 2015 at 2:02pm - Comments
A polar bear giant life-like puppet stands next to a formula e car
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Even polar bears can enjoy Formula E

You may have heard that natural gas is needed as a 'bridging fuel' until renewable technologies are fully developed. You may have heard that electric vehicles will be popular once 'range anxiety' is cured amongst the motoring public by extending battery life and reducing charging times. 

Lancashire fracking decision is a huge victory for people power

Posted by Richard Casson — 30 June 2015 at 12:22pm - Comments
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People hug outside Lancashire town hall after hearing news that fracking had been rejected

Yesterday, something incredible happened. For the second time in just seven days, Lancashire county council said no to fracking.