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Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

logged trees are piled up in the białowieża forest in eastern poland
Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA

Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice

November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day. Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

congo basin experts from the uk and drc take samples from the peatland
Congo Basin experts from the UK and DRC take samples from the peatland. Photograph: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Ancient peatlands that store huge amounts of carbon are under threat from logging

November 12, 2017 — Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. Continue reading Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

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EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday, October 28, after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging “greater vision and ambition”. Continue reading Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

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Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

October 27, 2017 — Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy. Continue reading Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year

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Coca-Cola bottles collected by Greenpeace volunteers during a beach clean in Mull, Scotland. Photograph: Will Rose/Will Rose / Greenpeace

Increase puts Coke’s production at more than 110bn single-use plastic bottles a year, according to analysis by the green group

October 2, 2017 — Coca-Cola increased its production of throwaway plastic bottles last year by well over a billion, according to analysis by Greenpeace. Continue reading Coca-Cola increased its production of plastic bottles by a billion last year

Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

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In a report released in Manila last week, environmental group Greenpeace tags the Philippines as the ‘third-worst polluter into the world’s oceans’ after China and Indonesia

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 27, 2017) — Global food and beverage giant Nestle vowed on Tuesday, September 26, to address allegations by Greenpeace that it was polluting the world’s oceans with cheap plastic packaging for its Philippine products. Continue reading Nestle tackles ‘ocean-polluter’ tag in Philippines

Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

renca reserve, brazil
Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

Pinoy climate champions on global warming: ‘We can win this fight’

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CLIMATE TALKS. (L-R) Galicha of Climate Reality Philippines, multimedia journalist Atom Araullo, Greenpeace Philippines executive director Yeb Saño, Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr Edu Gariguez, Climate Reality Leader John Leonard Chan, and MovePH Editor Voltaire Tupaz lead the open forum after the premiere screening of ‘Inconvenient Truth’ on August 28 at Trinoma Cinema in Quezon City. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Advocates and media climate champions talk about Al Gore’s documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power’, during its premiere screening in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 30, 2017) — Climate advocates from different sectors expressed their hopes of winning the battle against climate change after watching the premiere of the “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” on Monday, August 28, in Quezon City. Continue reading Pinoy climate champions on global warming: ‘We can win this fight’

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

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The decision was hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport after more than a century. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health

July 25, 2017 — As part of a government strategy to improve air quality, Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river

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The unique reef system astonished marine biologists when its existence was widely revealed last year. Photograph: Greenpeace

Oil companies planning to drill near mouth of the river have calculated that the ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of a spill

July 4, 2017 — Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. Continue reading Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river