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How cattle ranches are chewing up the Amazon rainforest

Posted by jamie — 31 January 2009 at 9:38am - Comments
by-nc. Credit: Greenpeace / Daniel Beltrá

For about three years now, we've been working on curbing the impacts of the soya industry on the Amazon rainforest in Brazil which, before the current moratorium was put into place, was replacing the forest with plantations on a massive scale.

However, there's another agricultural sector cutting deep into the forest which we're also going to tackle: cattle ranching. To assess the scale of the problem, Greenpeace researchers in Brazil have produced a new set of maps showing how the Amazon region has suffered.

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Celebs and green campaigners buy Heathrow runway site from under ministers' noses

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Oscar-winning actress, TV comedian and Greenpeace tell Hoon, ‘We’ve bought your runway, and you’re not getting it back.’

13 January, 2009

The land earmarked by the Government for the construction of a third runway at Heathrow airport has been bought from under the noses of ministers by a coalition of celebrities, scientists, politicians and green campaigners.

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Labour: we will cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050

Posted by bex — 16 October 2008 at 6:28pm - Comments


Has somebody put something in the water around Westminister? On Tuesday I found myself waxing lyrical about a new Tory announcement. Today it's Labour's turn. Frankly, I'm a little freaked out.

Ed Miliband - he who thousands of you congratulated when he got his new job as climate change secretary - has announced a new emissions reduction target for the UK. We will, he said, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, compared to 1990 figures.

80 per cent emissions target - Greenpeace responds

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16 October, 2008

Commenting on the new emissions target announced today by Ed Miliband, Greenpeace chief scientist Dr Doug Parr said:

"This is a hugely encouraging first move from the new Climate Change secretary. In a decade in power Labour has never adopted a target so ambitious, far-reaching and internationally significant as this. To meet it will require determined action from Gordon Brown and every one of his successors for the next four decades, hard choices will be made that will touch every Briton, but it can and must be done."

He continued:

Kingsnorth, Heathrow and the 80% target

Posted by bex — 7 October 2008 at 11:12am - Comments

Greenland glacier

The Independent Climate Change Commission has warned the government that it should cut all greenhouse emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 to tackle climate change.

In itself, this isn't particularly surprising; scientists have been recommending this for some time. More interesting - and very welcome - is that the commission wants to include aviation and shipping in the target. That means, for once, that 'all greenhouse gas emissions' pretty much means 'all greenhouse gas emissions'.

Eighty per cent target - Greenpeace responds

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7 October, 2008

Reacting to the release of new advice by the Independent Climate Change Commission that Britain should adopt an 80 per cent emissions reduction target by 2050, Greenpeace executive director John Sauven said:

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