A group of activists have found a way to mark the end of the COP21 summit on a somewhat hopeful note.
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Greenpeace can get a little aggressive with its tactics. That doesn't mean that it's not fighting for a good cause! But after the organisation marched through the sacred Nazca Lines etched into the Peruvian desert for a climate protest, capturing it all on camera with a drone, you have to wonder what the hell they were thinking. Greenpeace isn't the best at thinking things through though.
Nemo survived an ordeal in the movie, but according to Greenpeace and UNESCO he won't be able to survive human greed: Indian coal giant Adani wants to dredge and dump three million cubic metres of sea-floor in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to make way for a new coal terminal.
The Rockaways in New York are in a state of emergency. They haven't had power in a week, and it doesn't appear to be coming back any time soon. Independently operated aid distribution centres have been popping up, helping people get the food and supplies they need. But given gas shortages, it's been hard to keep things up and running at night.
Apple's iCloud is powered on the back of some seriously dirty electricity. That truly sucks. You know what else sucks? Cleaning dozens of balloons out of a cavernous Apple store after Greenpeace protesters attack.
On a quest to prove that security measures surrounding nuclear facilities are ill-considered, nine Greenpeace activists broke into a French nuclear power plant and hung a banner that said "HEY" and "EASY" on it. Even after Greenpeace told police about the stunt, it took them several hours to track them down.
When it comes to technology companies, Nintendo have one of the worst environmental records out there. They have owned the last placed slot on the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics for years now, and don't look like they're about to change. But what if they did? Mark over at Kotaku spoke to Casey Harrel from Greenpeace about exactly what Nintendo could do to make them seem a little more eco-friendly.
Those rainbow warriors/whiners/heroes/potheads/charlatans (pick whatever makes you tick) from Greenpeace have released their new Guide to Greener Electronics. There have been plenty of changes compared to last year, with many manufacturers going, but others going down. Nokia is now at the top, near the 7/10 mark, but Nintendo keeps crashing miserably at 1/10. What about Greenpeace's archenemy Apple? Despite their latest efforts, it keeps failing and drops to the 14th position. It seems they are not impressed by Apple's latest green ads:
Greenpeace is dead set on giving Apple and Steve Jobs an inferiority complex. With one hand, the environmental group patted Apple on the head after the unveiling of its redesigned MacBook aluminium notebooks. With the other hand, however, it managed to knock Apple down a peg or two for still not doing enough to save the environment. "Compared to where Apple was before Tuesday, its laptops are definitely better. That in and of itself is a good thing. But not all toxic pieces have been eliminated yet," said Casey Harrell, Greenpeace International's toxics campaigner. If Apple were a person, we imagine this is the point where he or she would run away, or go goth at the very least, because they'd "never be good enough" for Greenpeace.
Congratulations, Sony Ericsson, for winning what was ultimately a barely challenging competition to become the greenest electronics company around. Our favourite Swedish-Japanese conglomerate rose to the top of Greenpeace's Greener Electronics Guide by exceeding Energy Star requirements, making all its models PVC-free and banning the most harmful chemicals from phones launched since January 2008. Unfortunately, it was valedictorian in a class whose scores have plummeted all around.
We know that Greenpeace don't really like games consoles. We know that they don't care much for Nintendo too. But it looks like they now have a good reason to hate on the gaming consoles after they pulled the controllers apart and found toxic chemicals inside.
Although they recognised that each of the consoles had avoided or reduced certain individual hazardous materials, they still found traces of hazardous compounds like bromine and phthalates.
Disturbingly, some of the compounds in your Xbox 360 and PS3 are known to "interfere with sexual development in mammals: including humans and, especially, males." Which is surely going to become the number one excuse for gamers who don't have girlfriends.
While none of the toxic chemicals found inside your console is ever going to make you sick, it's not going to help the environment when you trash it for the next generation consoles.
Hit the link for the full report from Greenpeace.
You're probably familiar with Greenpeace's complaints about Apple's "greenness" its computers, but you would think that the latest environmentally-minded decisions in the MacBook Air would have been enough to satiate the eco-group. Nope. Here's what they said about the new Air.