Blog: Oceans

Japan's fleet sets sail

Posted by darren — 11 November 2004 at 9:00am - Comments

Japanese whalers haul in minke whale

Japan's 'research' whaling fleet has set sail for the Antarctic again to kill more whales in the name of 'science'.

This is the eighteenth year of Japanese whale hunting, thinly disguised as "scientific research". In that time over 6,000 Antarctic minke whales have been killed.

Defending the North Sea

Posted by darren — 10 August 2004 at 12:12pm - Comments

Seals in the Wadden Sea, North Sea

The North Sea is in crisis after years of human activity - it is now among the most degraded seas in the world. Overfishing has caused fish stocks to collapse and left seabirds facing mass starvation. Other activities such as oil, sand and gravel extraction, waste dumping and chemical pollution have also caused devastation.

Sellafield's radioactive salmon

Posted by bex — 21 May 2003 at 8:00am - Comments

Radioactive waste from Sellafield has been found in Scottish farmed salmon sold in major British supermarkets. Tests commissioned by Greenpeace revealed traces of radioactive waste in packets of fresh and smoked salmon.

The tests, conducted independently by Southampton University's oceanography centre, found low levels Technetium-99 (Tc-99) in farmed Scottish salmon sold at Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, Safeway, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

Tc-99 is a byproduct of Magnox fuel reprocessing. Dr David Santillo, a scientist at Greenpeace's research laboratories at Exeter University, said: "Tc-99 should not be there at all. It is inexplicable yet significant. Scottish salmon is marketed as something that comes from a pristine environment."

Julia Sawalha interview

Posted by bex — 20 May 2002 at 12:03pm - Comments
Stop Esso: Julia Sawalha

Stop Esso: Julia Sawalha

Why particularly Esso?
They make 15.6 billion dollars a year in profit and they are not investing one dollar of that into clean renewable energy and the fact that they invested in President Bush's campaign and as a result of that Bush has backed out of the Kyoto Protocol is deeply disturbing to me. That they are sabotaging any international action on global warming is very frightening. I think that they are being a big bully and I think it's time we stood up to them.

You know I think as an individual you can feel really helpless in the face of environmental issues, I think as long as people know what is going on, this is the kind of campaign, like you can hear people beeping behind, they can really feel like they are doing something.

What would you say to motorists who are still buying from Esso?
I'd say don't put a tiger in your tank

What would your message to Esso be?
Be afraid, be very afraid.

Melting ice threatens blue whales' food supply

Posted by bex — 20 July 2001 at 8:00am - Comments
Whale tail

Whale tail

Melting polar ice is threatening the main food source for Antarctic blue whales and could lead to their extinction, an international environmental group said yesterday. The whales feed on small sea creatures known as krill, which in turn eat microscopic marine algae. These live in sea ice and are released in the summer when the ice melts.

The stepping stones towards a Global Whale Sanctuary are already being laid

Posted by admin — 12 October 1999 at 8:00am - Comments

In 1979, three years before the historic moratorium decision, the IWC agreed to an Indian Ocean sanctuary. Fifteen years later, in 1994, Greenpeace was instrumental in securing an additional sanctuary in the Southern Ocean which covers all the waters around Antarctica, so ensuring that there can never be legal whaling again in the feeding grounds of three quarters of the world's whales.

"Not tonight, I've got a headache" threat to endangered species?

Posted by admin — 11 October 1999 at 8:00am - Comments

No New Oil

"Never trust a Government Minister" advises Government lawyer

Posted by admin — 11 October 1999 at 8:00am - Comments

This afternoon the Government confirmed what we always thought to be true that you can't trust what a Minister says. About five years ago a Minister stated that the Habitats Directive would be applied up to 200 miles offshore in order to protect all whales and dolphins. And despite the fact that this was said in a written statement to Parliament, the Government QC claimed that he got it all wrong and that Greenpeace couldn't rely on what he said.

Government concedes current regulations not sufficient to match Habitats Directive

Posted by admin — 11 October 1999 at 8:00am - Comments

St. Kilda - under threat from oil exploration

Government's argument 'an abuse of the legal process'

Posted by admin — 11 October 1999 at 8:00am - Comments

St. Kilda - under threat from oil exploration

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