This project is the largest end-user-owned photovoltaic solar array in the country. It will be powering Apple’s internet data center in North Carolina, which stores all of your contacts, photos, text messages, and really anything else on Apple’s iCloud.
Prior to the construction of this solar array, Apple was powering its North Carolina data center with dirty coal-fired power supplied by the energy utility Duke Energy. I was surprised that a progressive company like Apple would power itself with energy that causes pollution and global warming. Continue reading →
The Chinese coal mining industry has been hit by slowing coal consumption growth and simultaneously, a flood of cheaper imported coal. To stem the decline in profits, Chinese coal producers are pursuing a variety of strategies, including considering investing in renewable energy, auctioning Australian coal export capacity, and pushing new coal import standards. Continue reading →
Sunset over the Bering Sea aboard Greenpeace’s ship the Esperanza
National geographic Explorer-In Residence and Mission Blue founder Dr. Sylvia Earle teamed up with Greenpeace this week for an inspiring event at the Seattle Aquarium to officially announce the 19th Hope Spot, urging protection for the miraculous Bering Sea Canyons. Hope Spots – Dr. Earle’s global initiative formed in response to her 2009 TED Prize wish – are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean – Earth’s blue heart. With Hope Spots Dr. Earle challenged people to use whatever talents they have and all means at their disposal – from the Internet to submarines – to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas. Continue reading →
Amid concerns that Koch Industries could buy several major U.S. newspapers from Tribune Company, industrial billionaire David Koch was forced to step down as trustee of WNET, New York City’s largest public TV station, after the New Yorker revealed how WNET gave Koch inappropriate influence over its programming. Mr. Koch was floating a seven-figure donation over WNET’s leadership as the station aired a movie that portrayed him as a particularly greedy Manhattan resident.
Sure enough, WNET didn’t wind up receiving David Koch’s hefty donation.
Click to read New Yorker’s article on David Koch’s influence over WNET. Image: The New Yorker.
Last Thursday, David Koch submitted his resignation at a WNET Board of Trustees meeting, and Brad Johnson at Forecast the Facts* reports that Koch’s name was scrubbed from WNET’s website several days prior to the resignation. Koch Industries’ public relations website, KochFacts, released a preemptive response to the New Yorker article (which it has now urgently elaborated on), attempting to stifle New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer and the details of her newest piece. David Koch’s resignation as a WNET Trustee, coupled with telling quotes from WNET president Neal Shapiro and other sources, makes it clear that Koch had too much influence at the decreasingly-public TV station in New York.
The article is a fascinating culmination of two portions of the ongoing legacy of the Koch brothers: their desire to influence media, which is playing out with their company’s bid for the Tribune Company’s eight national daily newspapers, and their attempts to intimidate journalists and silence reporting they consider unfavorable. Continue reading →
Every day is Turtle Day when you’re an ocean campaigner…
When I heard it was World Turtle Day, I hatched a plan. I know that to an international audience ‘turtle’ covers a multitude of reptile species, but rather than getting all Queens’ English-y over what is a tortoise, a terrapin or a turtle, I thought this was a good opportunity to focus in on the seven amazing species that roam our oceans – the sea turtles. Continue reading →
Danzer, a Swiss-German timber giant using controversial sources in the Congo will no longer be able to use the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label after yesterday when the FSC disassociated itself from the company. Most Americans haven’t heard of Danzer but the company does export large amounts of its veneer products to the U.S.
Aerial view of a crop circle made by local farmers and Greenpeace volunteers
There aren’t too many corporations more globally disliked than the sustainable agriculture company Monsanto. And by “sustainable agriculture,” they mean genetically engineering food crops with unknown chemicals leading to health and environmental risks including a jarring decline in global bee populations.
The Great Bear Rainforest is so vast that it’s taken me four years just to visit the extraordinary old-growth forested valleys and islands, and communities of the central and north coasts of British Columbia – Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Hartley Bay, Kitimaat Village. However the Great Bear Rainforest also encompasses some of the south coast – historically most hit by industrial logging, placing at high risk many significant old-growth ecosystems. And it’s what’s happening particularly on Sonora Island that has at last drawn me to visit the southern region of this very special rainforest.
Sonora Island is the ‘tail-end’ of the Great Bear Rainforest (or depending on your orientation, it’s the head of the Great Bear). It’s around 160 square kilometers of primarily mountainous terrain, and mostly under forest cover. Homes are sporadically located along its coastline with access by boat and floatplane only. It’s part of unceded aboriginal traditional territories of three First Nations. Continue reading →
On this International Day for Biological Diversity, we want to show you stunning images from one of the world’s richest places in biodiversity: Indonesia. From whale sharks, to abundant coral reefs and forests teeming with life, the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior is currently documenting the beauty and fragility of Indonesia’s natural environment.
The message in these images is simple: this is what we stand to lose if we don’t act now. Continue reading →