Hollywood star Bonnie Wright joins scientists and campaigners to launch river plastic investigation

Film star Bonnie Wright (A Christmas Carol, The Sea, Harry Potter series) joined scientists and campaigners on the River Wye this Tuesday, 5th March, to launch a nationwide survey of plastic pollution in the UK’s major rivers. Bonnie joined Greenpeace volunteers and scientists in collecting water samples from three different points along the Wye using a filtering device called a manta net. The samples will then be sent back to the University of Exeter, where they will be analysed using fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (a cutting-edge infrared plastic detector) and compared…

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Google commits to first-ever solar power agreement in Asia – Greenpeace statement

Google has signed a long-term contract to buy 10MW of solar power generated from 40,000 solar panels in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan, in its first ever Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Asia. The electricity Google has purchased from the solar farm will be wheeled to the same grid to help power Google’s data center in Changhua County, and the solar project will be built on commercial fishing ponds and coexist with local ecology. Greenpeace Taiwan’s Energy project manager Chih An Lee said: “For years, Greenpeace has been challenging…

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Greenpeace chooses Cookies&Partners for its global campaign to address big Corps against plastic pollution

With its new report, Greenpeace reveals how big food&beverage multinationals, with their single-use plastic products, are the real responsible for the huge environmental crisis due to plastic pollution, because they promote a lifestyle based on disposable consumption, without offering any alternative other than asking consumers to recycle. Recycling is though not enough. The report launched today by Greenpeace “A Crisis of Convenience: The corporations behind the plastics pollution pandemic”, shows, among other shocking data, that only 9% of globally produced plastic has been properly recycled, whilst the rest has been…

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20 artists present worldwide street art exhibition to end deforestation for palm oil

From Jakarta to London, New York to Istanbul, artists have made city walls their canvas to draw attention to rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The Wings of Paradise project has spread 20 giant murals in 20 cities worldwide [see here for full collection] as part of a Greenpeace campaign calling for global brands to protect rainforests, its biodiversity and communities and stop buying palm oil from forest destroyers. The huge murals, many larger than 25 square metres, include a towering painting in central Taipei.…

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Samsung, IKEA get behind Korea’s ‘Right to Renewable Energy Initiative’

12 corporations, including Samsung Electronics, IKEA Korea and AB InBev, have publicly shown their support for the Right to Renewable Energy Initiative which launched recently at the Korean National Assembly. The coalition, comprised of 45 Members of Parliament and six civil society groups (Biodiversity Foundation, ENET, Greenpeace Seoul, KFEM, KoSIF and WWF Korea), aims to push for a renewable energy procurement policy and renewable energy expansion in South Korea. Nicolas Ingels, director of procurement and sustainability at ABInBev East Asia, said: At AB InBev we have a strong belief in…

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