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How well do you know the Polar Bear?

Posted by Anonymous — 20 May 2016 at 10:38am - Comments

I’m Ian and I’m an Arctic campaigner here at Greenpeace. Over the years that I’ve been campaigning to save the Arctic, I’ve learnt some really interesting and surprising things about polar bears. Here are 11 of them...

11: Polar bears aren’t really white.

It’s true. Polar bears actually have black skin (take a look at their noses) that’s covered in transparent, pigment-free hair. Each individual polar bear hair scatters and reflects visible light which makes polar bears appear white, even though they’re not - sneaky.

Finding a sense of porpoise.

Posted by Willie — 19 May 2016 at 12:00pm - Comments
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Being a porpoise looks rubbish.

Dolphins look like they have fun. They even look like they seek out fun. Okay, the fixed grins make them seem perpetually happy but let’s be honest - when was the last time you saw a porpoise jumping out of the water or heard a friend gushing about an *amazing* experience seeing porpoises?

There’s good reason that porpoises don’t have the wow factor of dolphins: and it’s not just that they have bad PR people.

Sunken Cities are not a thing of the past

Posted by Elena Polisano — 19 May 2016 at 10:09am - Comments
by-nc. Credit: Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

Right now 14 activists are scaling the British Museum to call on the institution to drop BP’s sponsorship. Here's why they're doing it.

It’s Time for Norway to Show Leadership on Arctic Protection

Posted by Trillia Fidei — 18 May 2016 at 4:57pm - Comments
Colourful postcard addressed to the Norwegian Embassy
All rights reserved. Credit: Angela Glienicke / Greenpeace
Postcard calling for Norway to protect the Arctic

Over the past few months, more than 3,000 people all around the country signed handwritten postcards addressed to Her Excellency Ms Mona Juul, the Norwegian Ambassador to the UK.

5 Things To Know This National Vegetarian Week

Posted by India Thorogood — 17 May 2016 at 5:46pm - Comments

Happy National Vegetarian Week! It's the time when scores of Brits give up sausage rolls for the week. Or if you’re like me and vegetarianism was forced upon you from a young age, you’re carrying on eating hummus for breakfast and dinner as you always do!

But apart from a chance for some great veggie food, this week is an opportunity to get the facts on vegetarianism.

This Friday: Rally Against Fracking in Ryedale, Yorkshire

Posted by Richard Casson — 16 May 2016 at 2:37pm - Comments
by-nc. Credit: Frack Free Ryedale

On Friday 20 May, North Yorkshire County Council will be deciding whether to approve fracking firm Third Energy's bid to drill in Ryedale, Yorkshire. With days to go before the council decision is made, people us from across Yorkshire - and around the UK - will gather for a rally outside county hall in Northallerton.

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

Posted by paulo adario — 16 May 2016 at 10:51am - Comments
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Soy plantation in the Amazon rainforest. The expansion of the soy industry is one of the main causes of deforestation in the region.

This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Peoples, for farmers, for business and for all of us around the world fighting to end deforestation.

Waitrose, Tesco and now Sainsbury’s?

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 11 May 2016 at 12:54pm - Comments
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It’s been an epic 10 days for the future of sustainable tuna in the UK

Clean Air Now? Siân Berry Responds

Posted by Sian Berry — 29 April 2016 at 3:45pm - Comments
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The blog below written by Green Party candidate for the Mayor of London, Siân Berry. It's part of a series of blogs by candidates for London Mayor. We've also featured blogs by Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat), Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) and Sadiq Khan (Labour).

London's air quality is one of the worst in Europe. Add your name to the thousands of people demanding clean air now.

The power of good ideas – Green action on air pollution

Tesco says it will ban John West if they don’t stop trashing the ocean

Posted by Hélène Bourges — 29 April 2016 at 3:23pm - Comments
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Silky sharks swimming around a FAD in the Indian Ocean

Tesco, the biggest retailer in the UK, has threatened to ban John West’s tuna if they don’t stop using destructive fishing practices!