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What do the experts say?

Posted by bex — 2 October 2013 at 9:29am - Comments
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Russian security services seize the Arctic Sunrise at gunpoint

A great number of legal experts have commented on the boarding and seizure of the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise and on the piracy charges against the Arctic 30. Here is a selection:

Shell: Dear Greenpeace, We know where you live...

Posted by bex — 17 May 2012 at 4:23pm - Comments
Paula Bear was unmoved by Shell's legal threats after opening their letter yeste
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Paula Bear was unmoved by Shell's legal threats after opening their letter yesterday morning

Yesterday morning, staff at Greenpeace Germany received an important-looking letter from Shell - well, Shell’s Legal Services department. Over the next 24 hours or so, identical letters arrived at other Greenpeace offices, including Mexico, UK, France, Hungary, Nordic, Japan, Mediterranean, Poland, Greece, Czech Republic, Belgium, Canada and even Greenpeace’s Science Unit. I think it’s fair to say Shell had something they wanted to say to us.

Why are car companies trying to block laws that would save us money and protect the climate?

Posted by bex — 10 May 2012 at 10:43am - Comments
Volkswagen is lobbying against critical environmental laws
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Volkswagen is lobbying against critical environmental laws

With fuel prices at record levels and predicted to keep rising, you’d think that new European proposals to stem drivers’ costs and reduce emissions would be welcomed by all. But major car companies like VW are opposing these laws – so today we released a new report detailing how increasing efficiency will benefit both the public and the climate.

BREAKING: Activists occupy Arctic-bound icebreaker in Finland

Posted by bex — 1 May 2012 at 10:06am - Comments

Live streaming of Greenpeace Nordic activists occupying a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour.

Dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour as it prepares to leave for the Alaskan Arctic.

President Dilma - veto this Amazon forest code hatchet job

Posted by bex — 26 April 2012 at 1:51pm - Comments
Jaguar in the Amazon rainforest
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The Amazon is the planet's largest remaining rainforest, teeming with more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth.

Following years of intense pressure from the agribusiness sector, Brazil's parliament yesterday afternoon approved sweeping reforms to the country's forest protection law that spell destruction for the Amazon rainforest.

VW Stormtrooper: the comic

Posted by bex — 19 April 2012 at 5:38pm - Comments

For several months, our intrepid active supporters Jedis have been out in force, persuading thousands of members of the public to sign VW Darkside cards - which we've been sending through to the top brass at the VW's headquarters in Milton Keynes, and to their biggest dealerships.

Taking your message to VW

Posted by bex — 19 April 2012 at 3:18pm - Comments
Protest during Volkswagen's AGM
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Protest during Volkswagen's AGM

For almost a year now, you’ve been asking VW to turn away from the dark side and reduce its fleet’s CO2 emissions. Today we took that message to the company’s AGM in Hamburg with a giant banner reading "Take responsibility seriously! Honest climate protection now" (in German, obviously).

CO2 - Das Problem

Posted by bex — 17 April 2012 at 4:56pm - Comments
Paraglider with banner flying around VW headquarters
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Paraglider with banner flying around VW headquarters

This morning, two activists in Germany climbed the towering VW office building, dropped a banner reading “CO2 - Das Problem”, demonstrating that VW’s boss needs to show more responsibility when it comes to climate change. The climbers were removed, but another Greenpeace activist has since managed to paraglide around the tower - sending the message that the rebellion will continue until VW commits to real climate protection.

Lessons from the Elgin gas leak: why we must stop Shell's Arctic drilling

Posted by bex — 4 April 2012 at 1:51pm - Comments
Arctic Fox
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Arctic foxes rely heavily on marine and coastal resources

Ten days after the leak began, Total is still struggling to contain the gas pouring from its North Sea Elgin platform, citing bad weather as the cause of the delays. Yet, in just 100 days’ time, Shell wants to start drilling for oil in the remote and extreme Arctic environment – claiming it has the technology and the tools to deal with any spill.

Here are six reasons why an oil spill in the Arctic would be so much harder to deal with than a gas leak in the North Sea, and so much more catastrophic:

Video: Bearing Witness: Oil disaster in the Russian Arctic

Posted by bex — 28 March 2012 at 3:31pm - Comments

In early March, our colleagues in Russia visited Noyabrsk, in the middle of the West Siberian oil fields, to bear witness to a long-lasting battle between local indigenous communities and oil companies, and to document the widespread pollution caused by oil exploration.

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