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Greenpeace versus Mattel: A social media battle over rain forest [UPDATED]

The battle between Mattel, the world’s biggest toy company, and Greenpeace, one of the world’s largest environmental groups, moved into a social media combat phase Wednesday as more than 180,000 people viewed a spoof video of Ken breaking up with Barbie over rain forest destruction. The video, featured on various nations' Greenpeace sites as well as on YouTube, was translated into 18 languages.

Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

No Concessions from Chevron on Ecuador

Among the developments this week at Chevron’s raucous annual shareholder meeting—some surprising, some not so—was the oil company’s continuing refusal to settle an $18 billion lawsuit over oil pollution in Ecuador.

A letter from New York state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and several investor groups urged Chevron to settle case, which has dragged on in various forms since 1993.

Triple Pundit
Friday, May 27, 2011

Chevron under siege at shareholder meeting in San Ramon

SAN RAMON -- Activists besieged Chevron at its shareholders meeting here Wednesday, in a gathering punctuated by shouts from attendees, warnings the event would be terminated early and interventions by security guards.

The acrimony at the annual meeting nearly obscured the company's discussion of a performance in 2010 that produced a gusher of profits and a jump in the oil giant's stock price.

"We had a tremendous year," Chevron's chief executive officer, John Watson, told the shareholders.

Silicon Valley Mercury News
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cookie Crumbles for Girl Scouts, as Teens Launch Palm-Oil Crusade

To earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award four years ago, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva set out to study orangutans.

Instead, they wound up investigating Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas.

What they uncovered soured them on the sweets and has put the Michigan teens at odds with Girl Scouts of the USA. Now they're on a march to change the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.

Their target: palm oil, which can come from places the primates live.

Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 20, 2011

Advocates Unfurl 50-foot Banner Message to Chevron on Richmond Bridge

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Monday, May 23, 2011

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Top Twelve American Banks, Coal and Oil Companies Paid Less Taxes Than You

Yesterday, along with hundreds of millions of Americans, you likely settled up your taxes formally with the IRS. Incredibly, most of the biggest and most profitable finance and energy companies in the country are paying far less than their fair share. Last, month, Alex wrote about the most startling—and highest profile—incident involving GE, the country's largest corporation.

Good
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Girl Scouts Are Awesome: Saving the Rainforest From Their Cookies

Girl Scout cookies seem innocent enough. Besides the sugar and calories, what harm could they possibly cause? Quite a bit it turns out. Girl Scout cookies use a whole lot of palm oil, the controversial ingredient that is inextricably linked to rainforest destruction, violations of Indigenous rights, and the extinction of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinoceros.

Good
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

RBS faces AGM protests over tar sands cash

Royal Bank of Scotland faces protests from native tribespeople today over its backing for the controversial extraction of oil from tar sands in Canada.

The Independent
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chevron Fined $9.5 Billion in Ecuador

An Ecuadorean judge ruled Monday in an epic environmental case that Chevron Corp. was responsible for oil drilling contamination in a wide swath of Ecuador's northern jungle and ordered the oil giant to pay $9.5 billion in damages and cleanup costs.

The amount — $8.6 billion plus a legally mandated 10 percent reparations fee — was far below the $27.3 billion award recommended by a court-appointed expert but appeared to be the highest damage award ever issued in an environmental lawsuit.

Associated Press
Monday, February 14, 2011

4 rainforest activists arrested at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank

UPDATE: On October 11, 2012, Disney announced a comprehensive paper policy that maximizes its use of environmentally superior papers like recycled and eliminates controversial sources like those connected to Indonesian rainforest destruction. For more info, visit www.ran.org/disney.

Several protestors - two of whom were dressed as Mickey and Minnie Mouse - were arrested Wednesday in a short-lived demonstration after they chained themselves to a gate at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.

Contra Costa Times
Wednesday, May 18, 2011