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Six Greenpeace protesters were arrested after unfurling a sign Wednesday morning in front of the Duke Energy building, protesting the company’s recently approved rate hikes.

Some were charged with violating new codes the city crafted to deal with waves of protesters expected to converge on Charlotte later this year during the Democratic National Convention.

The protesters ascended 20-foot-tall tripods and hung a banner between them that read “Duke Energy: no dirty rate hikes.” They were wearing T-shirts that said “Be a good neighbor.”

The protest generated a large response from police officers and fire officials, but no one was injured. Authorities blocked a portion of South Tryon Street near Stonewall Street as they worked to remove the sign. »

The Energy [R]evolution Gets Going!

New report finds that global renewable energy growth is outpacing coal and nuclear

A new Greenpeace report on the state of the global power plant market shows that since the 1990s, installations of wind and solar grew faster than any other power plant technology.

This latest report comes in the wake of Greenpeace Africa’s recently published Advanced Energy [R]evolution Scenario, which shows that investments in the renewable energy sector could create 150,000 new jobs in South Africa over the next 20 years.

It is now up to the South Africa government to seize the moment; with the political will and South Africa’s abundance of renewable energy resources, the country could realistically become the renewable energy leader in Africa.

The Greenpeace report, The Silent Energy Revolution: 20 Years in the Making, also highlights how renewable energy power plants accounted for more than a quarter (26%) of all new power plants added to the worldwide electricity grid over the past decade, compared to nuclear power stations representing just 2% of new installations in the same period.

With renewable energy now the world’s fastest growing source of power plant installations, governments can make a simple, clear choice,” said Greenpeace International Senior Renewable Energy Expert Sven Teske.

They can commit to a future shackled to dirty and dangerous fossil fuels, or they can kick start an energy revolution by implementing renewable energy laws across the globe, and leading investment in a renewable energy future that will not only boost global economic development and create green jobs, but will also play a key role in mitigating climate change”.

South Africa can source half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030, rising to 94% by 2050 — this according to the Advanced Energy [R]evolution scenario. This is more than double what the South African government is aiming for in the Policy Adjusted Integrated Resource Plan.

In recent months, South Africa confirmed its addiction to coal and nuclear with the release of the IRP2010, which includes two new coal fired power stations and six new nuclear power stations. The IRP2010 sits in stark contrast to the government’s new growth path that will create ‘green’ jobs through a green economy and climate friendly initiatives, utilizing the huge potential of the renewable energy market in South Africa.

The clear trend away from coal and nuclear power plants towards renewable power plants is a massive step in the right direction,” said Teske.

According to Ferrial Adam, climate campaigner for Greenpeace Africa: “As the host of the international climate negotiations COP 17 in Durban at the end of this year, the South African government must make the right choices domestically to create a better and cleaner future for all.

There is no technological barrier to achieving a clean and sustainable energy pathway utilising renewable energies. Investing in people, rather than dirty and dangerous energy will not only boost South Africa’s economic development, but also stem catastrophic climate change,” concluded Adam.

Greenpeace: Petition Nike and Adidas to Detox Now!‏..

Dear friends, 

Did you know that 30 billion tonnes of wastewater are dumped into the Yangtze river every year and that Shanghai’s 20 million residents are dependent on the Yangtze for clean drinking water? 

Nike is the first company to publicly take up the Detox Challenge, claiming it aspires to the same goal of a toxic-free future. The question now is, who will be first amongst Nike, Adidas and other would-be champions to turn these words into action

Sign the petition to tell Nike and Adidas to Detox now!

As much as 70 percent of China’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs are affected by water pollution, and the clothing industry is making it worse by pouring hazardous chemicals into the mix. 

Our brand choices give industry leaders like Nike and Adidas power. Now, we need them to use that power for good and help champion a toxic-free future. By working with their suppliers to eliminate the use and release of all hazardous chemicals in their supply chains and products, these brands can detox our sportswear, detox our water, and detox our future. 

To the CEOs of Nike and Adidas:
"If impossible is nothing, then work together with your suppliers to eliminate all toxic chemicals from your supply chain and products, and reveal and take responsibility for the hazardous chemicals used and released into the environment during your production processes. The world needs champions for a toxic-free future. JUST DO IT."

Click here to visit our site and sign the petition 

Thank you! 

The Greenpeace Detox Team 

Greenpeace: Nuclear power is in last place in the race against climate change...

The fight against climate change is a race against time. If we are to avoid the catastrophic consequences of rising global temperatures then strong and meaningful action must be taken immediately. The world needs to forget about building nuclear reactors that are massively expensive, dangerous and take too long to build, and embrace safe, cheap renewable energy and energy efficiency that are safe, quickly established and getting cheaper every day.

Enough solar energy hits the Earth in one hour to give us power for a whole year. We’re never going to run out of wind. Solar power is already cheaper than nuclear power and will soon be cheaper than oil power. Look at Google building the world’s largest wind farm.

However, the nuclear industry claims that nuclear power is a vital part of the energy mix needed to beat climate change. The disastrous problem with that idea is that despite the squandering of massive amounts of time, money and resources the nuclear industry is showing no sign of urgency in the battle against global warming.

There is, and has been, much talk about the new generation of nuclear reactors that are somehow going to miraculously spring up across the world in the next ten years and save us from climate change. The news that is emerging from the nuclear industry this week shows this to be a fantasy.

The leader in this so-called Third Generation of nuclear reactors is the European (or Evolutionary) Pressurised Reactor (EPR), designed by French nuclear giant, AREVA. The EPR, if any are ever completed, will be the largest nuclear reactor the world has ever seen. Three EPRs are currently being built worldwide at Olkiluoto in Finland, Flamanville in France and Taishan in China. News coming from the Finnish and French construction sites this week is alarming to say the least. New problems have been revealed in the two projects that were already billions of euros over budget and years behind schedule.

Finland’s EPR was supposed to begin operation in 2009 but – because of delays, safety concerns and lack of proper oversight - will not be working until 2013 at the earliest. Its initial cost of three billion euros has almost doubled. Now we hear there are yet more, new problems: despite being under construction since 2005, the reactor’s design is not yet complete. If the design does not pass inspection, yet more money and time will be wasted making any necessary changes.

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Japan raises nuclear crisis to level 7: the same level as Tchernobyl

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has risen the level of the Fukushima nuclear crisis to 7 (the maximum level) on the International Nuclear Event Scale after a review of the amount of radiation released in the month since the crisis began. The release of “radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects” requires implementation of planned and extended countermeasures, said the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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