Crazy weather and crazy politicians

Posted by Alex Harris — 14 February 2014 at 1:05pm - Comments
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Australian bush fires, NSW 2013

Sydney Harbour Bridge was barely visible through the smoke and amber coloured sky. Men covered in protective clothing sprayed water at the blazing bush. A row of four ducks swiftly waddled their way out of danger.

That was the first time I had seen my new home, Sydney, for over two months. I couldn’t smell or feel the burning heat from the fires but I witnessed the fires and their destructive paths on the TV, the TV inside my Russian prison cell.

A big step forward for our oceans

Posted by Fran G — 28 June 2012 at 2:07pm - Comments
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For a long time organisations like Greenpeace, backed by people like you, have been calling for stronger protection of our oceans.

Last week showed our voices were heard. The Australian environment minister Tony Burke announced what is a genuinely significant step forward for ocean protection, not only for Australia, but in global terms. 

'You are just scum': APP staff resort to personal insults about Greenpeace campaigners

Posted by jamie — 18 August 2011 at 12:48pm -
Advert placed by APP subsidiary Solaris in Australian newspapers
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Advert placed by APP subsidiary Solaris in Australian newspapers (via Mumbrella)

One of Asia Pulp and Paper's Australian companies has been caught in an embarrassing PR incident, in which clumsy personal attacks on Greenpeace campaigners and others have been traced back to its staff.

Coal favoured over future of Pacific islands

Posted by jamie — 10 August 2009 at 3:45pm - Comments

Last week saw some high-flying direct action from our Australia Pacific colleagues. Coal export facilities in Queensland were occupied for days by climbers hanging like fruit bats from the rigging, and our ship the Esperanza was on hand to help enforce the blockade.

Meanwhile, politicians from Pacific nations were in Cairns to debate strategies for tackling climate change - but the outcome of their meeting was anything but positive.

Will Australia leave the US in the cold over climate change?

Posted by jamie — 26 November 2007 at 5:47pm - Comments

A Greenpeace volunteer at Munmorah coal power station in New South Wales, Australia The results of the Australian federal election this weekend have stirred up waves of excitement not only in our antipodean offices but also around the world in anticipation that the country's government will finally, at long last, ratify the international Kyoto agreement on climate change.

According to Greenpeace Australia, it was an election in which climate change was one of the top issues (but don't just take their word for it, the BBC thought so too) and changes are already afoot. Out-going prime minister John Howard is replaced by Labor's Kevin Rudd who, as part of his manifesto, pledged to ratify Kyoto, an action that could have far-reaching consequences for global climate politics.

Along with the US, Australia is the only big polluting country involved in the Kyoto process not to have ratified. If Rudd honours his promise, it will leave George Bush without the support he received from Australia in his stick-in-the-mud attitude towards Kyoto, and make him even more isolated in the twilight months of his administration.

The yellow monster lurking underground

Posted by jamie — 3 August 2007 at 4:56pm - Comments

In making sure that nuclear power doesn't become part of the UK's energy policy, we tend to focus on the myth that it will solve climate change, the vast expense and the danger from radioactive waste. However, the other end of the supply chain is also fraught with problems and uranium mining can seriously damage your health. Just watch this video:

The month in pictures

Posted by jamie — 5 July 2007 at 5:00pm - Comments

Greenpeace projects the words 'Coal causes climate change' onto the side of a coal transport ship in Australia

Over at our international office in Amsterdam, the web team have just published the June edition of their monthly round-up of images from the Greenpeace world. Being signed up to far too many internal email groups, I get to hear about what other offices are up to, but there's nothing quite like a striking image to make events in Bali or Belgium come alive.

Rainbow Warrior blocks the world's largest coal port

Posted by bex — 28 July 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

Greenpeace activists disrupt coal loading at the world's largest coal port

Newcastle, Australia - In the glow of a warm, still morning, the Rainbow Warrior slipped into the harbour of the world's biggest coal port and dropped anchor to shut down coal exports for five hours in Newcastle, Australia.

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