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UN Oceans Treaty Looks To Protect Global Waters From Pollution, Overfishing

Added: 22.12.2017 19:16 | 5 views | 0 comments

The United Nations is looking to vote on a planned treaty to help protect and regulate the world's oceans in the coming days according to The Guardian. The waters outside of national maritime boundaries cover more than half of the planet's surface and are currently unregulated which has led to devastating effects from overfishing and pollution. Members of the UN have been in negotiations for more than five years to create a new rulebook by 2020, which aims to create conservation areas, catch quotas, and scientific monitoring. “This is the biggest opportunity to change the status quo we have ever had,” said Will McCallum, the head of oceans at Greenpeace. “It could change everything.” The...

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Britain must designate its marine territories as 'bluebelt' to protect oceans and wildlife 

Added: 11.12.2017 4:03 | 2 views | 0 comments


Britain must designate its overseas territories as ‘bluebelt’ to help protect wildlife and prevent plastic pollution entering the oceans, campaigners have said. Following the final episode of Blue Planet II which showed the devastating impact of humans on the world’s seas, the Great British Oceans coalition called on the government to safeguard its remote marine zones, which are home to some of the world’s most endangered species. Already 133 MPs have backed the campaign to create 1.5 million square miles of protected ‘bluebelt’ around seven British overseas territories which contain the breeding grounds for a quarter of the world’s penguins, and one third of the world’s albatrosses. The proposed zone would cover Ascension Island, South Georgia, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha and the South Sandwich Islands, in the south Atlantic, as well as the British Antarctic Territory, the British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn Islands in the southern Pacific. It would be the world’s biggest network of ocean sanctuaries. Plastic pollution in the oceans, as shown on Blue Planet II Credit: BBC In last night’s Blue Planet II, viewers saw the regurgitated stomach contents of a South Georgian albatros which had probably been fed plastic bags by its mother. Another bird had died after a plastic toothpick had penetrated its stomach. Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea. It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. A separate campaign, which also launches today, led by the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, the High Seas Alliance and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling for at least 30 per cent of global ocean to be designated as marine sanctuaries. Love penguins & turtles & sharks & coral & wonderful marine life in general? Contact your MP easily via our website & ask them to #BackTheBlueBelt & protect 4million km2 of ocean https://t.co/0dt0giYeSnpic.twitter.com/mPDlKeRhfM— Great British Oceans (@GBOceans) November 24, 2017 Sandy Luk of the Marine Conservation Society said: “We have found a growing tide of plastic pollution on UK shores, and must act now to stem that tide. “The UK's influence on the waters of all of the world's ocean is immense, and we call on UK governments to show leadership at this crucial moment to protect some of the natural jewels of our fragile blue planet.” Huge amounts of plastic waste enter the oceans each year  Credit: BBC Designating areas ‘bluebelt’ or Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), would restrict human activity such as tourism, oil and gas mining, the use of sonar, ship transit and fishing. Willie Mackenzie, of Greenpeace said ”Blue Planet II has reminded us all of the wonder and awesomeness of the world’s marine life all over again, from diving the depths of the icy Antarctic to showing us an inventive octopus wearing a shell-suit. “We now have a fantastic opportunity to create a lasting legacy for our shared blue planet. That’s why we’re calling on our governments to step up, suit up, and be the champions our global ocean so desperately needs”. The campaign #BackTheBlueBelt has been launched by a coalition including Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, The Pew Trusts, RSPB and Zoological Society of London, and is backed by naturalist Chris Packham, Stephen Fry, Cara Delevingne and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  

Draft EU-Mercosur trade treaty leaked

Added: 07.12.2017 8:27 | 9 views | 0 comments

'Backroom trade talks undermine democracy and public trust in politicians,' said Greenpeace, which published the documents.

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Report of 'extremely high' radioactive pollution suggests nuclear cloud came from Russia

Added: 23.11.2017 0:12 | 11 views | 0 comments


Russia's meteorological service has reported “extremely high pollution” of a radioactive isotope in the Urals near a facility that previously suffered the third worst nuclear catastrophe in history. The news bolsters international reports that a ruthenium-106 leak originating in the Urals sent a radioactive cloud over Europe.  Greenpeace Russia has said it will ask the prosecutor general to investigate the possible cover-up of a nuclear accident. Rosatom, Russia's state nuclear company, said in a statement to The Telegraph on Tuesday there had been "no unreported accidents" and the ruthenium-106 emission was "not linked to any Rosatom site". Its Mayak facility, where an explosion in 1957 contaminated a swath of central Russia, told state news agency RIA Novosti that it had not processed nuclear fuel with ruthenium-106 this year.  The isotope, which doesn't occur naturally, was detected in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland in late September. France's nuclear safety institute said the “major” radiation leak likely occurred between the Urals and the Volga river.  Graphic: Path of the cloud Rosatom said in October the “account of a supposed Russian origin of the pollution is baseless”. But a report by the Rosgidromet service on Monday revealed that the concentration of ruthenium-106 in Argayash, a village near Mayak, exceeded natural background pollution by 986 times at the end of September. The head of the service said excessive ruthenium-106 levels had also been documented in Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine. Responding to accusations that local authorities had covered up the leak, Yevgeny Savchenko, the Chelyabinsk region public safety minister, said on Monday “fluctuations in background radiation” had not reached dangerous levels and thus “there was no basis for protective measures”.  He also claimed it was suspicious that the leak was reported in France, “where there is a nuclear waste processing facility that competes with our Mayak”. The independent news outlet Znak quoted a source at Mayak as saying the ruthenium-106 could have come from nuclear waste brought there for reprocessing.  Vladimir Putin holds a meeting on the development of the electric power industry in November with representatives of Rosatom and other state companies. Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images  

NUCLEAR ATTACK: Greenpeace activists launch FIREWORKS at plant to expose security flaws

Added: 12.10.2017 22:02 | 13 views | 0 comments

GREENPEACE activists broke into a nuclear power plant in eastern France yesterday before setting off fireworks at the foot of a spent fuel pool to draw attention to security flaws and underline the plant’s vulnerability to attack.

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Watch: Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in France!

Added: 12.10.2017 17:13 | 24 views | 0 comments

Greenpeace activists set off fireworks inside a nuclear plant in eastern France today after breaking into the facility to underline its vulnerability to attack, the environmental group said.

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Greenpeace activists light fireworks at French nuclear plant

Added: 12.10.2017 9:51 | 18 views | 0 comments

Eight environmental have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France's dependence on atomic energy.

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India bans Diwali firecrackers in Delhi in bid to reduce toxic smog

Added: 09.10.2017 17:06 | 16 views | 0 comments


India’s Supreme Court has temporarily banned the sale and distribution of firecrackers in the federal capital New Delhi ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, in a bid to control escalating air pollution. The court ruled on Monday that the ban would last till Nov 1, 13 days after Diwali. But it declared that those who had already bought firecrackers would be allowed to set them off.   The order came in response to several petitions, including one by children, demanding a ban on polluting firecrackers which last year saw Delhi’s air reaching hazardous levels and the closure of all city schools for three days. Around 50,000 tons of crackers are let off every year in Delhi on and around Diwali to celebrate the victory of good over evil. "We are the most vulnerable when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins from firecrackers,” stated the children’s petition, adding that these led to lung disease, asthma, bronchitis and cognitive impairment. Tens of thousands of firecrackers are sold and set off every year  Credit: AP “This is a nice step, let us look at other sources of air pollution too,” tweeted global environmental group Greenpeace, echoing the feelings of many Delhi residents. But others dismissed the Supreme Court ban as an infringement of tradition and custom, and vowed to defy the firecracker ban. “The court cannot impose a ban on bursting firecrackers during Diwali as that is the essence of this festival,” said housewife Shakuntla Devi. "We will get firecrackers somehow, and celebrate in traditional style," she added. Critics say the tradition has exacerbated Delhi’s existing pollution levels, among the world’s highest. Delhi tops the list of 20 most polluted cities in the country, and 1.2 million people die each year due to air pollution, according to a recent report by Greenpeace India. Smog envelopes New Delhi, one of the worst polluted cities in the world  Credit: AFP Pollution levels in the city recently reached their worst level in nearly two decades, almost 15 times over the permissible limit, according to official estimates.  The situation is aggravated further by smoke emanating from thousands of farmers burning unwanted vegetation on their farms in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab states, ahead of planting their winter wheat crop.     Visibility in the smog-choked city of over 17 million people is normally low, with tens of thousands of residents regularly donning gas masks, complaining of breathlessness, watering eyes and of wheezing. Doctors in Delhi said spending a day outdoors in the city is akin to smoking a packet and a half of cigarettes and warn that if these conditions persisted, the atmosphere could turn carcinogenic.  The report by Greenpeace also claimed that fatalities due to air pollution were only a “fraction less” than those caused by tobacco usage. 

Luxury toilet paper used by millions in UK is destroying reindeer habitats, claims Greenpeace

Added: 27.09.2017 17:17 | 16 views | 0 comments

Luxury toilet paper used by millions of people in the UK is destroying endangered reindeer habitats, Greenpeace has claimed.

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Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel cars

Added: 23.09.2017 14:34 | 12 views | 0 comments

Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests. VW admitted cheating diesel emissions tests in 2015, triggering political and consumer pressure that has caused a slump in sales of diesel cars in major markets, with governments announcing plans to ban vehicles powered by conventional combustion engines. Greenpeace said its volunteers had boarded the ship in the Thames Estuary in an attempt to stop it unloading at the port of Sheerness in the southeast of England.

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