Quantcast

Latest Greenpeace Stories

2006-03-24 16:35:00

CURITIBA, Brazil (Reuters) - Environmental group Greenpeace criticized Australia on Friday for promoting the experimental use of highly controversial "terminator seeds" derived from genetically modified plants. The non-government group gave Australia its first Flat Ball Award for its defense of a seed that critics say undermines biological diversity and creates dependence among poor farmers. Terminator seeds come from genetically modified plants and their offspring are sterile, meaning they...

2006-03-21 13:50:00

OSLO (Reuters) - The United Nations should protect the world's oceans from deep sea fishing and pollution in the same way as environmentally sensitive land, the lobby group Greenpeace said on Tuesday. A Greenpeace report, published to coincide with a U.N. meeting in Brazil on biodiversity, said that 40 percent of the world's oceans should be placed in nature reserves. Just 0.6 percent of the oceans are protected reserves at present, compared with 12 percent of the world's land, according to...

2006-03-02 12:44:01

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Environmental group Greenpeace said on Thursday its members prevented a boat from leaving a Chilean port with materials to construct a controversial wood pulp plant in Uruguay. The construction of two large wood pulp mills in Uruguay has sparked environmental concerns, protests and a diplomatic crisis between Uruguay and Argentina, which is worried runoff from the plants would contaminate waters shared by both countries. Greenpeace said 11 members of its...

2006-02-22 01:55:00

By Roli Ng and Bobby Ranoco GUINSAUGON, Philippines -- Rescue workers kept digging on Wednesday for survivors from a deadly Philippine mudslide, but some officials said the time to call off the search was fast approaching as hopes faded of finding anyone alive. "It is torturous for the survivors. We need to concentrate on preparing them for the future," a senior politician, who declined to be named, told Reuters. Around 1,000 people remain missing after Friday's landslide obliterated the...

2006-02-13 05:24:40

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court ordered on Monday a new expert panel be set up to look into whether a former French warship should be scrapped in the country after an earlier committee had been unable to make a decision. The top court also imposed a ban on demonstrations and the publishing of opinions on whether the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Clemenceau, should be broken down in India. "We are shocked to find demonstrations are held and articles written, and if any...

2006-02-10 10:50:00

By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS -- France is proposing a new law that would effectively absolve the government of financial responsibility for contamination caused by genetically modified (GMO) crops, a move condemned by environmental groups. In legislation put forward this week, France's research ministry suggested that farmers growing GMO crops would have to contribute to a fund to compensate for any contamination claims from neighboring growers of traditional varieties. "It is intolerable...

2006-02-08 09:20:00

ALANG SHIPYARD, India (Reuters) - France would be ready to take back toxic waste removed from a decommissioned carrier if India's top court allowed the ship to be scrapped in an Indian shipyard, the French envoy said on Wednesday. Environmental groups like Greenpeace have opposed the entry of the French carrier, Clemenceau, to the Alang scrapping yard in the western state of Gujarat, saying it contains hundreds of tonnes of toxic materials which pose a risk to workers. The French government...

2006-02-07 05:02:55

By Kamil Zaheer NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian environmental panel is divided on whether to allow a decommissioned French warship to be scrapped in India, and has not made a firm recommendation to the nation's Supreme Court, a member said on Tuesday. The Supreme Court's Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes had been asked to prepare a report for the top court, which will take a decision on February 13 on whether to allow the decommissioned aircraft carrier, Clemenceau, to be...

2006-02-01 11:25:00

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN -- Greenpeace activists will shift their focus to protest against pirate fishing off Africa's west coast following two months battling Japanese whalers, the group said on Wednesday. The activist group's two ships limped into Cape Town on Wednesday, the crew exhausted and starving, after spending 73 days in the icy, gray Southern Ocean to protest against whale hunting when they say the whales suffer a gruesome death. Greenpeace said it now planned to expose illegal...

2006-01-20 12:45:00

JOHANNESBURG - Greenpeace said on Friday that its two vessels shadowing the Japanese whaling fleet in the icy Southern Ocean were ending their protests because their fuel and food were running short. "The bottom line is food, fuel and they're knackered. They are expected back in Cape Town around February 4," said Mike Townsley, communications director for the environmental group. Expedition leader Shane Rattenbury said in an interview on Thursday by satellite phone that the ships would...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
Related