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New year, new VW?

Posted by Hugh Mouser — 11 January 2013 at 5:52pm - Comments
Activists protest VW at the Vienna car show
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How’s your New Year’s resolutions list going? We’re waiting to hear how Volkswagen has begun 2013.

This morning more than 25 Greenpeace activists protested against the carmaker’s stance on the climate outside the Vienna car show. Handing out leaflets and making the point that VW can do better, we were hoping that the company makes some strong commitments.

Why are car companies trying to block laws that would save us money and protect the climate?

Posted by bex — 10 May 2012 at 10:43am - Comments
Volkswagen is lobbying against critical environmental laws
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Volkswagen is lobbying against critical environmental laws

With fuel prices at record levels and predicted to keep rising, you’d think that new European proposals to stem drivers’ costs and reduce emissions would be welcomed by all. But major car companies like VW are opposing these laws – so today we released a new report detailing how increasing efficiency will benefit both the public and the climate.

Lessons from the Elgin gas leak: why we must stop Shell's Arctic drilling

Posted by bex — 4 April 2012 at 1:51pm - Comments
Arctic Fox
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Arctic foxes rely heavily on marine and coastal resources

Ten days after the leak began, Total is still struggling to contain the gas pouring from its North Sea Elgin platform, citing bad weather as the cause of the delays. Yet, in just 100 days’ time, Shell wants to start drilling for oil in the remote and extreme Arctic environment – claiming it has the technology and the tools to deal with any spill.

Here are six reasons why an oil spill in the Arctic would be so much harder to deal with than a gas leak in the North Sea, and so much more catastrophic:

VW: pioneering anti-social media

Posted by jamess — 10 January 2012 at 2:20pm - Comments

After ignoring well over 1,000 comments on its Facebook pages, Volkswagen has found a new tactic: deleting them.

VW: what a social media fail looks like

Posted by jamess — 4 January 2012 at 10:44pm - Comments

What I love about social media is that you can’t fake it.

For all the hundreds of millions of dollars companies like Volkswagen pump into their advertising machines (for VW it’s a cool £1.5bn every year) they can’t crack social media. And that’s down to one simple reason: they fear honesty. 

VW: Return of the Brian (video)

Posted by jamess — 22 December 2011 at 12:09pm - Comments
Watch the final episode of Brian the Stormtrooper - ex-VW employee
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Scroll down to watch the final episode of Brian the Stormtrooper - ex-VW employee

It's the end of the road for one of our campaign legends: Brian.

Only six months ago, Brian was working for the Dark Side - an anonymous Volkswagen employee only concerned with getting through his day job. He took orders from his superiors without questioning them. He did what he was told.

But then – suddenly - everything changed.

As Canada protects the polluters, the people hold the key to stopping tar sands expansion

Posted by bex — 13 December 2011 at 2:52pm - Comments

With the decision by Canada to pull out of the Kyoto protocol, it's clear that the Canadian government cares more about protecting the polluters (particularly the tar sands industry) than the people. But our new report shows that the people hold the key to stopping the growth of tar sands oil production - and investors would be wise to take note.

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