Greenpeace Australia Pacific BLOG

What happened in the Philippines won’t just happen in the Philippines

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 17:41 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Greg Hunt is an intelligent man.

For years, Australia has been telling him that coal port expansion at Abbot Point will be harmful to the Great Barrier Reef. Since he became the Australian Federal Environment Minister, his constituents have been telling him that if the Galilee Basin is fully developed, we’re severely undermining our chances of limiting global warming. That when running, emissions from the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia eclipse any savings that were to be made by his flagship Direct Action plan.

Of course, he already knows that. Greg Hunt is an intelligent man. He spent a year writing a thesis about a highly effective scheme for curbing Australia’s emissions: a price on carbon. (more…)

Tuna stocks are under threat, but there’s a way to eat more sustainably.

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 11:13 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Taken from written by  Investigation Journalist Miranda Herron 

Canned tuna is not just a tasty, protein-rich snack – it’s a massive global industry. How massive? Try around 4 million tonnes caught every year, which has put enormous pressure on stocks.

Sustainability-conscious consumers have to be careful which tuna products they buy, because some species are at risk and others are overfished, explains Dr Quentin Hanich, leader of the Fisheries Governance Research Program at Wollongong University.

“On a global level, there is a failure of cooperation between countries who can’t agree on necessary compromises that will protect fisheries,” he says. “And in the absence of that consensus, labelling and consumer pressure sends a strong market signal that people want sustainable fishing.”

When attempting to choose an eco-friendly tuna, you’re bound to be bewildered by opaque packaging claims. But with a little know-how, you’ll be able to recognise sustainable tuna on the supermarket shelf.

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More than a photo, better than a GIF: 11 breathtaking nature cinemagraphs

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 16:26 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Nature can be ferocious: savage storms, raging bushfires, and other extreme weather events are often destructive, wild, and fast. But a lot of the time, nature is a lot slower than that.

The earth moves, changes, and grows at its own pace. Once of the best ways to capture the beauty of trickling streams, growing plants, and shifting clouds is in a cinemagraph. These animated photographs often isolate one element, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of all nature’s moving parts.  Not quite GIFs, these animations make you feel like you’re sitting back and watching the world pass by.

Take a look through this collection of beautiful landscapes captured through cinemagraph.


A Warm Welcome for the Rainbow Warrior in Vanuatu

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 13:01 by Matisse Walkden-Brown

This morning I woke up in a house on the Pango peninsula, the entrance of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, under a giant, complete and vivid rainbow.

Somehow the sky knew we were here, and that the Rainbow Warrior had arrived into the harbour quietly during the night.

The clouds decided to frame the island city with colours at dawn, while the ship rocked peacefully just off shore.

By 7:30am I was receiving text messages from friends on all sides of town - “I can see it!”, “It’s here!”

6 hours later, I am writing from on board the Rainbow Warrior, docked at the main wharf of Port Vila. She berthed at 9 o’clock this morning.

The faces of the crew now mirror this morning’s sky and the side of the bow, as they are painted with stripes of neon colours, courtesy of our traditional welcome and dance on the dock.

The crew are very happy to be here. Vanuatu is happy to have us.

The Rainbow Warrior arrives in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The Rainbow Warrior arrives in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Copyright Steven Lyon/Greenpeace. (more…)

#ShellNo Flotilla: Photos from the Paddle in Seattle

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 09:56 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Did you hear about the Paddle in Seattle over the weekend?

Around 2,000 people gathered to un-welcome Shell’s Arctic drilling rig to Seattle on May 16th! Passionate activists and volunteers took to the water in Seattle in a mass flotilla to say #ShellNo to Arctic drilling. (more…)

Here’s what your political representatives just did to our renewable energy future

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 02:05 by Nikola Cašule

If you had a policy that delivered billions worth of investment in Australian industry, created tens of thousands of jobs, cut living costs for Australians and worked to build the infrastructure of the future all while fighting climate change – what would you do?

Well, according the Abbott government and Labor opposition – the best thing to do with such effective policy is to gut it.

Makes sense. Image © Andrew Meares via (more…)

The Crossing to Port Vila

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:57 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Blog entry from Captain Mike on board the Rainbow Warrior. 

Rainbow Warrior has been transformed into a 2 TEU container ship to offer assistance to the people of Vanuatu in the aftermath of cyclone Pam. Our plan is to deliver aid from the main relief agencies in Port Vila to some of the remote islands where no-one has been able to reach due to the lack of available vessels.

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