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Greenpeace activists shot at as climate conference opens

Posted by tracy — 3 December 2007 at 6:10pm - Comments

We just found out that our colleagues in Indonesia were shot at while they climbed the cooling tower and loading crane of a coal-fired power station to hang a banner reading “Coal kills climate”.

Security personnel from PLTU Tanjung Jati B coal power plant in Jepara, Central Java fired five gunshots at the activists from the Rainbow Warrior, others pulled knives.

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Posted by jamie — 3 December 2007 at 5:35pm - Comments
BT Online Excellence Awards

It may not be a Nobel Prize (or even a Webby), but we're extremely chuffed to have been nominated for the Best Environmental Website in the BT Online Excellence Awards. Nominations from the public for their favourite sites were whittled down to a shortlist by a panel of expert judges, and that shortlist is open to the public once more for final voting.

So thank you to whoever nominated us in the first place, but now we're shamelessly asking for your votes to help us win. We have some distinguished competition so we'll need all the votes we can get. If you need further enticement, BT are offering a champagne-laden balloon flight for one lucky voter.

If you like what you see here, don't hold back - vote now.

Crucial UN climate conference gets underway in Bali

Posted by jossc — 3 December 2007 at 1:24pm - Comments

melting iceberg (copywrite nasa)

If a week is a long time in politics, then is two weeks long enough for world leaders to finally get to grips with the single biggest challenge we all face - limiting the effects of global climate change?

The answer has to be yes, if only because the consequences of any other outcome would be unthinkable. The start of the 2007 UN Climate Change Conference (otherwise known as COP 13) in Bali today coincides with alarming reports that the tropical belt that girdles the Earth's equator is expanding - pushing its boundaries out towards the poles at a rate not predicted by current computer models, which anticipated such developments only towards the end of this century.

Everyone's blogging from Bali

Posted by jamie — 30 November 2007 at 6:17pm - Comments

As you're no doubt aware, the international conference on climate change kicks off in Bali next week and (even though it will be one of those meetings to discuss the possibility of having other meetings to talk about climate change), it's a big deal. So representatives from across the Greenpeace world are making their way there and some will be providing blog updates.

Secret filming exposes the harsh reality of palm oil plantations

Posted by jamie — 30 November 2007 at 5:10pm - Comments

Taking up the western half of New Guinea island, the Indonesian province of Papua is a bit of a mystery. It's off-limits to outsiders and journalists, so the activities of the palm oil industry there haven't been widely reported. Until now, that is. With the help of the Environmental Investigation Agency, local communities have been making their own films about what's happening to the forests they rely on.

Two of these films have appeared on the web. In the first, Tears of Mother Mooi, members of the eponymous Mooi tribe explain why the forest is so important to them and what they are already losing as a result of the advancing wave of oil palm plantations. The second, Defenders of the Tribal Boundaries, goes into detail about the activities of the palm oil companies - it's frankly depressing to see the devastation being wrought to provide us with a cheap, convenient commodity.

Bali: now big business demands action on climate change

Posted by jossc — 30 November 2007 at 11:47am - Comments

A replacement to the Kyoto treaty will be thrashed out in Bali next week.

An expensive white, radioactive elephant

Posted by jamie — 29 November 2007 at 5:54pm - Comments

Ever since the government started ranting about the joy of new nuclear power stations, a central plank of their shaky argument has been that the billions required will be covered by industry and not the taxpayer. But despite these bold claims, legislation and loopholes have been carefully engineered so that public money will inevitably subsidise the industry. Hardly surprising, given there hasn't been a single civil nuclear project that hasn't required huge sums of public dosh.

Brownwash redux

Posted by jamie — 28 November 2007 at 5:51pm - Comments

There's a video megamix of Gordon Brown's speech from last week doing the rounds on YouTube, cut to highlight just how wishy-washy his words were:

Don't be fooled - 'sustainable' palm oil is a myth

Posted by jamie — 28 November 2007 at 5:17pm - Comments

Last week, Sainsbury's announced that it aims to use only sustainable palm oil in its own-brand products. Sounds great, and with Asda having made a similar announcement earlier this year, you might think supermarkets will soon be stocking only those palm oil products that weren't helping to cause the indiscriminate destruction of forests in places like Indonesia. The truth is that, while both companies score top marks for excellent intentions, delivery is going to be decidedly tricky as there is currently no credible way of telling whether palm oil is 'sustainable' or not.

British Energy reckons nuclear power stations are safe from flooding - cobblers

Posted by ben — 28 November 2007 at 10:30am - Comments

British Energy, the UK's biggest nuclear operator, has just published a report (pdf) they claim shows that new nuclear reactors in the UK could be protected from flooding and sea-level rise caused by climate change. They concluded "that all our sites can be sustained over the next 100 years." But their report doesn't cut the mustard.

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