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Greenpeace virtual city could become a reality across the UK

Last edited 7 February 2008 at 1:38pm
7 February, 2008

Visit the town at www.greenpeace.org.uk/efficiencity

Greenpeace has launched an interactive virtual city showcasing how towns and cities across the UK are fighting climate change and enjoying a cleaner and more secure energy future - without relying on new coal or nuclear power stations.

'Back to petroleum' - 2007 results reveal the recarbonisation of BP

Last edited 5 February 2008 at 3:32pm
5 February, 2008

BP's full year results released today, show that the company carries a responsibility for emission of 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2007 [1], but the press release hides that worse is yet to come. Greenpeace and PLATFORM have discovered that BP is making a dramatic shift 'back to petroleum'.

Since the appointment of Tony Hayward as Group Chief Executive, BP has invested heavily in Canadian tar sands [2] and the company has substantially deprioritised BP Alternative Energy.

Top chefs join Greenpeace to back sustainable seafood

Last edited 29 January 2008 at 2:53pm
29 January, 2008

Top chefs Raymond Blanc and Tom Aikens will be joining forces with Greenpeace tomorrow (30 January) to urge other chefs to use only sustainable seafood on their menus.

They'll also be urging food writers to drop unsustainably caught fish from their recipes.

And the campaign has already attracted the backing of multiple Michelin-starred Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Renewable energy target "entirely achievable" - Greenpeace

Last edited 22 January 2008 at 11:49am
22 January, 2008

The next twelve years will see Britain embark on an unprecedented push to build clean energy projects as ministers across Europe prepare to embrace new, more ambitious renewable energy targets.

Greenpeace understands that,under figures to be announced tomorrow, the UK will be required to generate around 15 per cent of its total energy (electricity, heat and transport) from renewables by 2020. Different EU countries have been allocated different targets depending on their circumstances.

EU biofuels policy thrown into doubt as commissioner admits: targets may be missed

Last edited 14 January 2008 at 4:57pm
14 January, 2008

The environmental credentials of "first generation" biofuels were today thrown into serious doubt after the European commissioner, DEFRA's chief scientist and the Royal Society all expressed concern over their sustainability and effectiveness.

Government small print promises nuclear bailout

Last edited 10 January 2008 at 2:02pm
10 January, 2008

Buried in the nuclear white paper published today is a commitment by the government to bail out nuclear power if something goes wrong.

Reacting, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

"After all the promises from ministers that the private sector would pay the full costs of new nuclear power stations, we find it wasn't true. Buried in the small print of their announcement is the revelation that tax payers will foot the bill if something goes wrong. Much about the government's nuclear spin has been fundamentally dishonest."

Government's decision on new nuclear power stations: Greenpeace reaction

Last edited 8 January 2008 at 6:14pm
8 January, 2008

Reacting to suggestions that the government will announce support for new nuclear power stations this week, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

World's leading climate scientist issues challenge to Brown

Last edited 14 December 2007 at 4:12pm
14 December, 2007

The renowned NASA climate scientist Dr James Hansen today challenged Gordon Brown to end UK moves to build new coal-fired power stations.

Energy giant E.ON is currently seeking permission to build the country's first new coal-fired plant for more than thirty years at Kingsnorth in Kent. Now Hansen is writing to Brown explaining why he thinks it is crucial that Britain rules out the plan.

Speaking at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the largest gathering of the year for Earth scientists, Dr Hansen said:

World Bank forest protection scheme announced at Bali

Last edited 11 December 2007 at 3:15pm
11 December, 2007

Responding to the news that the UK government is set to commit £15m to a World Bank scheme which aims to reduce tropical deforestation, John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK said:

"It would be unthinkable for the next phase of the Kyoto protocol not to address tropical deforestation, which is one of the biggest drivers of climate change. But world leaders can't use this as an excuse to avoid slashing emissions in their own countries - we urgently need to do both.

Government issued with clear legal threat over nuclear power

Last edited 10 December 2007 at 4:10pm
10 December, 2007

The government was today issued with a fresh legal threat from Greenpeace over a new fleet of nuclear power stations.

Greenpeace lawyers have contacted the government, saying "it would not be lawful" for the government to make a decision in favour of building new nuclear power stations.

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