PARIS (AP) — Four activist groups have launched legal action to try to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change.
Dakota Access developer sues Greenpeace in state court
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is going after the environmental group Greenpeace in state court in North Dakota, after a judge tossed the company's $1...
Indonesia land-burning fines unpaid years after fires
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian plantation companies fined for burning huge areas of land since 2009 have failed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties meant to hold them accountable for actions that took a devastating environmental and human toll.
Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups and activists, saying he found no evidence of a coordinated criminal enterprise.
Foreign aid groups accuse Indian government of impeding work
NEW DELHI (AP) — Their offices raided, bank accounts frozen and travel restricted, international aid and rights groups with deep roots in India say they are struggling to operate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has elevated the role of sympathetic homegrown social organizations while cracking down on foreign charities.
More than 1.6M sign petition to sue France over climate
PARIS (AP) — More than 1.6 million people have signed an online petition to take the French state to court for not doing enough to fight climate change.
Greenpeace, Oxfam and two French environmental groups launched the petition last week. Their signature drive received exceptional support in just a few days, including from film stars Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche.
Groups target Europe’s coal companies over harmful emissions
BERLIN (AP) — Environmental groups claimed Tuesday that 10 utility companies are responsible for the majority of premature deaths caused by emissions from coal-fired power plants in Europe.
In a report on the health impacts of coal emissions across Europe, five campaign groups blamed the utility companies for 7,600 premature deaths and millions of work days lost because of health problems in 2016.
Activists detained after boarding palm oil tanker off Spain
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace says six of its activists boarded a tanker transporting Indonesian palm oil in the Gulf of Cadiz and were detained by its captain after unfurling "Save our Rainforest" and "Drop Dirty Palm Oil" banners.
A ship tracking website shows the Stolt Tenacity, which Greenpeace says is carrying palm oil from Wilmar International linked to tropical forest destruction in Indonesia, was bound for Rotterdam.
Dakota Access pipeline developer defends racketeering claims
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline says environmental group Greenpeace should be held legally accountable for violating federal racketeering laws.
Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to brands
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace says global consumer brands continue to buy palm oil from companies that are cutting down Indonesia's rainforests despite repeated pledges to clean up their supply chains.
The environmental group said in a report released Wednesday that 25 palm oil producing groups it has investigated destroyed more than 130,000 hectares of natural forest in Indonesia since 2015. It says that's an area nearly twice the size of the island nation of Singapore.
Greenpeace wants Dakota Access racketeering suit dismissed
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The lone remaining environmental group facing racketeering accusations by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has asked a federal judge to be dismissed from the case.
Greenpeace attorneys on Tuesday filed documents arguing that revised allegations by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act are "generalized and implausible."
Judge rules Dakota Access developer can’t sue Earth First
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a second defendant from a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline filed against environmental groups, leaving Greenpeace as the only remaining group facing the claim.
Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners failed to make a case that Earth First is an entity that can be sued, U.S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson said in a ruling dated Wednesday.
Dakota Access developer amends $1B racketeering lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Monday amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed last August against three environmental entities after a federal judge criticized the original filing as vague and threatened to throw it out of court.
Dakota Access developer argues to keep suing Earth First
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has no claim under federal racketeering law for damages against a Dutch environmental group that urged banks not to finance the $3.8 billion project.
LONDON (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with a Greenpeace protest that breached a no-fly security zone and flew a banner close to the golf resort where President Donald Trump was staying, Scottish police said Sunday.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — From the capital of Edinburgh to seaside golf resorts, thousands in Scotland staged colorful, peaceful protests against Donald Trump on Saturday as the U.S. president played golf at one of his luxury retreats.
Trump and his wife, Melania, are spending the weekend out of the spotlight at his Scottish golf resort at Turnberry, on the western coast, ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
PARIS (AP) — Greenpeace activists say they have crashed two remote-controlled aircraft — a drone and a tiny radio-controlled plane — into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility.
The drone, which was decorated like a miniature Superman, slammed into the tower in Bugey, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the eastern city of Lyon, according to a Greenpeace video Tuesday.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists say a tropical forest that's home to critically endangered orangutans on Borneo island is being logged more than a year after Indonesia's forestry and environment ministry ordered a halt to the forest's exploitation.
Greenpeace said Tuesday its investigations at the Sungai Putri forest showed a logging operation underway with at least six illegal settlements that operate at night and some in areas with orangutan nests.
BANGKOK (AP) — The main global group for certifying sustainable wood has sent a "come clean" ultimatum to one of the world's largest paper companies and its billionaire Indonesian family owners following evidence it continues to cut down tropical forests and operate through corporate proxies.
A May 28 letter from the Forest Stewardship Council seen Wednesday by The Associated Press makes four demands of Sinarmas and the Widjaja family that it insists must be met within days.
BANGKOK (AP) — Greenpeace has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A floating nuclear power plant built in Russia has embarked on its first sea voyage so its reactors can be loaded with fuel.
The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed on Saturday out of the St. Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed.
It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the northern tip of Norway to Murmansk in northwest Russia, where the nuclear reactors are to be fueled.
Greenpeace leaves sustainable wood certification group
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace is withdrawing from the main global group for certifying sustainable wood, saying the organization it helped found more than two decades ago is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation.
Greenpeace said the Forest Stewardship Council inconsistently implements its standards and "fell short" of its goals of conserving forests and benefiting society.
Greenpeace says felling of ipe tree is damaging Amazon
SAO PAULO (AP) — Greenpeace says the illegal logging of a Brazilian tree is causing "irreversible damage" to the Amazon rain forest.
The environmental group said Tuesday that flaws in the licensing system for loggers are leading to the "indiscriminate" felling of the ipe tree.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace says several major household brands including Hershey and Johnson & Johnson have failed to disclose where they get their palm oil from despite vows to stop buying from companies that cut down tropical forests to grow the widely used commodity.
Attorney calls for sanctions in Dakota Access pipeline suit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for a Florida-based environmental publication want a federal judge in North Dakota to sanction the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a dispute over whether the publication can be sued.
Javier Bardem has dived to the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean in a two-person submarine in support of a campaign to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.
The 'Skyfall' star described the experience as "overwhelming" but also surprisingly "relaxed".
Coke aims to recycle a bottle for each it sells by 2030
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola announced long-term recycling goals Friday, including attempting to recycle a bottle or can for every beverage it sells by 2030.
The soda maker and other consumer products companies have been under pressure from customers and environmental advocates to stop using plastic packaging, and fast-food giant McDonald's unveiled new recycling goals of its own just this week.
Norway court clears ways for controversial Arctic drilling
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Norway said Thursday that the government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a blow to two environmental groups that had filed a lawsuit against further drilling in the Barents Sea.
The Oslo District Court acquitted the government against charges from Nature and Youth and Greenpeace Nordic that drilling for oil and gas in Arctic waters would violate with the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Norwegian constitution.
Greenpeace calls for investigation into Sinarmas dealings
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The environmental group Greenpeace has called for an investigation into the relationship between paper giant Sinarmas and its wood suppliers after The Associated Press found substantial ties between them despite the Indonesian conglomerate's assertions the suppliers are independent.
Bangkok firefighters on front line of city’s snake scourge
BANGKOK (AP) — When the latest distress call came into Phinyo Pukphinyo's fire station in Bangkok, it was not about a burning home or office building. Instead, the caller needed urgent help with a far more common problem facing Thailand's capital: snakes.
A 2-meter (10-foot) -long python was dangling from the caller's garage roof, and after rushing to the scene, it took Phinyo less than a minute to remove the slithering reptile.
Greenpeace protest training to take place in Charleston, Mount Pleasant this weekend
The next protest against the potential for oil drilling off the South Carolina coast might be on the water.
Activists for Greenpeace, the well-known international environmental advocacy group, will be in Charleston this weekend to hold two non-violent protest training sessions, one of them on kayaks.
Correction: Greenpeace Ship-Puerto Rico story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about the Greenpeace ship Artic Sunrise, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the ship was stocked with relief supplies it was bringing to Puerto Rico. Greenpeace said the relief cargo has not yet been brought aboard the ship and might ultimately be shipped by other vessels.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Greenpeace wants to use ship to aid Puerto Rico relief effort
Greenpeace plane crashes in northern Brazil killing 1
SAO PAULO (AP) — A small plane used by Greenpeace crashed in Brazil's Amazon rain forest Tuesday, killing one of the five people on board, the environmental group said.
Greenpeace said the single engine turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan crashed near the city of Manaus, capital of the northern state of Amazonas.
Greenpeace faults many tech giants for environment impact
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans including Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact.
Greenpeace activists light fireworks at French nuclear plant
PARIS (AP) — Eight environmental have broken into a French nuclear power station and set off fireworks to urge better protection for nuclear waste and protest France's dependence on atomic energy.
Utilite EDF insisted that the stunt Thursday by Greenpeace had no impact on safety at the plant in Cattenom in eastern France. The company said the activists were detained eight minutes after entering the site, and threatened legal action.
The Latest: Trump touts support for Dakota Access pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to North Dakota to talk about proposed changes in tax law (all times local):
President Donald Trump didn't miss a chance during a visit to a North Dakota oil refinery to remind supporters of his aid for the Dakota Access pipeline.
Groups sued by pipeline company decry attack on free speech
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Environmental groups being sued by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline say the lawsuit is an attack on free speech and an effort to punish supporters of American Indian tribes that oppose the project over fears of environmental harm.
The Latest: Greenpeace says pipeline lawsuit is meritless
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access oil pipeline developer's lawsuit against environmental groups (all times local):
An attorney for Greenpeace says a lawsuit filed against it and other environmental groups by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline is meritless.
Company behind Dakota Access oil pipeline sues Greenpeace
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other groups on Tuesday, alleging that they disseminated false and misleading information about the project and interfered with its construction.
In its lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in North Dakota, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners requests damages that could approach $1 billion.
Activists plead not guilty in Trump Tower banner hanging
CHICAGO (AP) — Four Greenpeace activists accused of unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago last month to protest the president's stance on global warming have pleaded not guilty to felony charges.
The Cook County State's Attorney's office says the four entered the pleas Friday to two counts each of felony criminal damage to property.
The massive banner was emblazoned with the environmental group's name and the words "resist" and "defend." The word "defend" covered a picture of the Earth.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry has dismissed an international tribunal's ruling against it for seizing a Greenpeace ship as encouraging criminal behavior.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international tribunal has ordered Russia to pay damages and costs of nearly 5.4 million euros ($6.2 million) to the Netherlands for unlawfully seizing a Greenpeace ship protesting at an oil platform in Arctic waters.
The environmental organization and the Dutch government both welcomed Tuesday's announcement as a clear signal of support for the freedom of expression.
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have brought felony charges against four of six Greenpeace activists accused of unfurling a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago to protest the president's stance on global warming.
The four face felony criminal damage to property and misdemeanor reckless conduct charges. Prosecutors said Sunday that Friday's act of protest caused thousands of dollars in damage to the skyscraper.
CHICAGO (AP) — Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner from Trump Tower in Chicago to protest the Trump administration's stance on global warming.
Chicago police say seven protesters were taken into custody Friday for attempting to hang the banner, which had the words "resist" and "defend'." An arrow was next to "resist" and "defend" covered a picture of the earth. The banner also bore the name of the environmental group.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government.
The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.