'Crazy' levels of pesticides found in Chinese herbs

Traditional Chinese herbs are being contaminated with a toxic cocktail of pesticides that poses a threat to consumer health and the environment. Photo: AFP/ Simon Lim / Greenpeace

Extremely high levels of pesticides have been found in traditional Chinese herbs sold in Hong Kong and on the mainland, according to a green group.

Tuesday, 25 June, 2013, 4:52am

Greenpeace calls for loss assessment in case Daya Bay nuclear plant leaks

The Daya Bay nuclear power station. Photo: Cheung Chi-fai

The government should set up a nuclear power management authority to assess potential economic loss from any radiation leak at the Daya Bay plant 50 kilometres away, a green group says.

Greenpeace made this call in a report marking the second anniversary of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant leak.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:57am

Beijing's air quality will worsen without coal control, Greenpeace says

A worker collects coal briquettes in Anhui province. Photo: AFP

Greenpeace campaigners warned yesterday that Beijing's air quality would only deteriorate without drastic changes to control coal consumption on the mainland, because the capital was surrounded by some of the biggest consumers of coal.

The warning followed a month in which Beijing experienced its worst air pollution in recent memory, with 26 days in January rated heavily polluted.

5 Feb 2013 - 4:36am

More want powerhouses to face tighter regulations: Greenpeace poll

A phone poll by Greenpeace found that 80 per cent of respondents believe the government should tighten its regulations on CLP Power and Hongkong Electric.

The pool of those who support the use of renewable energy and who believe the government should tighten regulations on the two power companies has doubled in the last ten years, a green group survey shows.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am 2 comments

Greenpeace calls for freeze on power bills

Protestors from Greenpeace. Photo: Edward Wong

Greenpeace is calling for electricity bills to be frozen for small businesses and residential users who consume less energy.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:22am

Greenpeace films Asian 'laundering' of tuna

An illegal fish transfer takes place on the Heng Xing 1. Photo: AFP

Fishing vessels registered in the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia have been filmed "laundering" illegally caught tuna, environment activist group Greenpeace International said yesterday.

16 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Japan’s radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace

Greenpeace International Energy Campaigner and radiation expert Rianne Teule answers questions during a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit.

The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where people live, work and play.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58pm

Greenpace warns of global overfishing

Greenpeace ship Esperanza at China Merchants Wharf. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The fish in the world’s oceans will have all but vanished by 2048, and 80 per cent of all stocks are already being overfished, Greenpeace warned in Hong Kong on Thursday.

18 Oct 2012 - 8:15pm

Textile industry must lead in clean-up of polluting production

Red dye being dumped into the city's storm water pipe network by two illegal dye workshops in Luoyang, north China's Henan province.

Hong Kong has just played host to the Sustainable Textile Conference. Given that the textile industry uses up to a quarter of all chemicals produced, it's clear that pollution from toxic chemicals is a critical problem.

6 Oct 2012 - 3:44am

Moscow police nab Greenpeace polar bear protesters

A Greenpeace activist, dressed as a polar bear, sits inside a police car after being detained outside Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow. Photo: AP

Moscow police have arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom, the Russian oil and natural gas giant.

5 Sep 2012 - 7:59pm

Furniture a chemical hazard, Greenpeace warns

A green group is calling on manufacturers to fully disclose the chemicals they use in making furniture after dust samples from households had traces of harmful chemicals.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

Greenpeace warns of water shortages caused by new power plants on mainland

Greenpeace warns of water shortages caused by new power plants on mainland

Nearly 10 billion cubic metres of water - a quarter of the water that can be allocated for use from the Yellow River in a normal year - will be consumed by 16 new coal-fired power plants on the mainland by 2015, exacerbating water shortages in the arid northwest, a Greenpeace report said yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:42am

Green fighters need golden hearts in toxins war

Known as the world's factory, China is a popular destination for investors from around the world keen to build production plants. These factories provide job opportunities for locals - but this often comes at the expense of the natural environment.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Third of toys tested too toxic for children

Nearly a third of the toys on store shelves contain heavy metals and about 10 per cent have lead levels that exceed national safety standards, Greenpeace said in a report released in Hong Kong yesterday.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hainan forests in peril, report says

A quarter of Hainan island's natural forested areas have been lost in the past decade, according to a report released yesterday by environmental group Greenpeace.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am