science

Patents on life are dangerous, but we do not oppose embryonic stem cell research

Posted by Emily Williams — 17 October 2014 at 3:25pm - Comments

Following recent media coverage, we would like to clarify our stance on stem cell research.

Firstly, I want to be absolutely clear that we are not against stem cell research.

We champion environmentally responsible and socially just solutions, including scientific and technical innovation. Here's an explanation on why we challenge 'patents on life'. 

Japan to defy UN court and continue whaling

Posted by Junichi Sato — 18 April 2014 at 10:13pm - Comments
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"Scientific research"

There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015. It has also officially announced that it will again send its factory whaling ship to hunt whales in the North Pacific, although it plans to target fewer whales.

There's the evidence - one degree rise in 60 years

Another ordinary day in the Arctic...

Posted by jossg — 13 September 2011 at 11:19am - Comments
Polar bear cub plays with science equipment
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Polar bear cub plays with science equipment near the Arctic Sunrise

This afternoon I was on watch. Bear watch. 

Whenever there are people out on the ice, it's necessary for a couple of people at least, and more if there's fog, to be keeping a look out. On these occasions there's usually one person up on the wings of the bridge, another person up in the crow's nest, and somebody else out on the helipad. There's a rota so nobody has to stand for hours on end and get too cold, but today I did an hour in the heli slot.

Plastic Arctic

Posted by claire miller — 5 September 2011 at 11:57am - Comments
Scientist Clare Miller on Arctic Sunrise
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Scientist Clare Miller collecting data on the amount of plastics in the Arctic ocean, on the Arctic Sunrise

For many people the Arctic is seen as one of the last wilderness regions left where there has been limited human impact. However, sampling of marine plastic debris over the past few days shows that the far reaching effects of mankind is clearly present even in the Arctic ocean.

Scientist Clare Miller on Arctic Sunrise

Investigations

Last edited 2 March 2016 at 4:58pm

We investigate, expose and confront environmental abuse by governments and corporations around the world. 

Email: Investigations.UK@greenpeace.org

Our investigations are a fundamental part of our campaigns. We expose those responsible for environmental crimes. We have a global reach, we have research teams and millions of supporters in countries around the world. This means we can investigate environmental crimes and impacts wherever they are happening, whether it is the middle of the jungle, or even, with the help of Rainbow Warrior and its sister ships, in the far oceans. 

Science in the arctic: deploying mescosms at 79°N

Posted by jamie — 9 June 2010 at 1:44pm - Comments

Like many other marine species, pteropods are threatened by ocean acidification © Cobbing/Greenpeace

Janet Cotter, from Greenpeace's Science Unit is currently on board the Esperanza on the first leg of the Arctic Under Pressure expedition. The ship is currently in Ny-Ålesund in the arctic, where Janet has been helping seagulls from 'contributing' to ocean acidification research.

In my day job, I work as a scientist as Greenpeace's Research Laboratories in Exeter, which is part of the Greenpeace's Science Unit. We might not get do the banner hanging from bridges and all the dramatic stuff that other Greenpeace activists do, but we have an important role in the organisation.  We analyse samples from around the world in our laboratories, often looking for toxic contamination of soils, rivers and seas, or sampling foodstuffs for GM contamination.

Of climate, weather and arctic blasts

Posted by jamie — 12 January 2010 at 6:11pm - Comments

Still melting

Juliette in our international office posted this on the Climate Rescue blog and, as similar thoughts have been going through my head in response to the current cold weather, it's worth reposting here.

It cannot be said too often that climate and weather are not the same thing. The first regulates the temperature and weather patterns on a long term basis, the other one is guilty for blocking the traffic with snow this morning, or making the heat today unbearable. NASA puts it better than I could:

Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time.

Testing the waters...

Posted by reyestirado — 9 April 2009 at 2:21pm - Comments

Reyes samples the water supply in a Punjabi village

Here at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, based at the University of Exeter, we provide scientific advice and analytical support to Greenpeace offices worldwide, across a range of disciplines.

I've just returned from a sampling field-trip to agricultural areas in Punjab, India. It has been an amazing and inspiring experience: visiting farms to gather data about farming practices and analysing groundwater wells affected by agrochemical pollution to monitor drinking water quality. Greenpeace India will use this study to highlight the need to shift to ecological farming as our safest solution to the food crisis and climate change.

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