Greenpeace launches Rainbow Warrior III

Oct 14, 2011
Greenpeace's new ship "Rainbow Warrior III" moors at the pier of Fassmer shipyards after its christening in Berne, northern Germany on October 14. Greenpeace launched the multi-million-euro purpose-built campaign ship as its latest weapon in the fight against environmental destruction.

Greenpeace launched its latest weapon in the fight against environmental destruction Friday -- a multi-million-euro purpose-built campaign ship named Rainbow Warrior III.

The ship carries state-of-the-art communications equipment, two fast boats and can carry a helicopter, said the pressure group, unveiling the vessel to mark its 40th anniversary.

"The new is the perfect ship with which to navigate the perfect storm of ecological, economic and democratic crises lashing our world," said Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International.

The original Rainbow Warrior, a converted fishing trawler, was sunk by French agents in New Zealand in 1985 while attempting to stop France's in the Pacific.

The second was more than 50 years old when it was retired after being "rammed, raided and bombed" in numerous campaigns against nuclear testing, over-fishing and , Greenpeace said.

The new 58-metre (190-foot) Rainbow Warrior III is the first to be built from scratch to the group's own specifications.

It "will confront environmental criminals across the world, investigate and expose destructive activities, but perhaps most of all will provide a beacon of hope and an inspiration to action wherever she goes," said Naidoo.

Moreover, practising what it preaches, Greenpeace said Rainbow Warrior III carries a vast sail to keep the to a minimum and "making her one of the most environmentally friendly vessels of her class."

The ship was constructed at the 161-year-old German shipyard Fassmer, with more than 100,000 individual donations contributing to the estimated 23 million euros (32 million dollars) needed for the construction work.

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1.7 / 5 (7) Oct 14, 2011
Why don't they just call it Flower Power Warrior III? How about Kamikaze III? Water Melon III?
3.3 / 5 (6) Oct 14, 2011
'Bout time. The French will vouch for the worth of the time the new Rainbow took to build.
By sinking the new one too.
1.4 / 5 (10) Oct 15, 2011
Water Melons

Greenpeace and the environmentalist movement?

Green on the outside.

Red on the inside.

In 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the danger to our society if a "scientific-technological elite" ever took control [Farewell address]

Document: http://mcadams.po.../ike.htm

Last week an editorial in Nature confirmed the danger of using consensus reports as scientific facts for government policy [Nature 5, 7 (5 Oct 2011)].

Joint efforts of Greenpeace with world leaders and the UN's IPCC have damaged:

a.) The vitality of government science,
b.) The integrity of government science, and
c.) The fragile self-governance we inherited in 1776!



With deep regrets,
Oliver K. Manuel

2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 15, 2011

Will they do something useful with it? Develop and release free technology for everyone?

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