13 July 2009

Brussels, Munich, July 13, 2009 - Energy Union is a pan-European campaign tour with the objective of empowering young people and policy makers in Europe to take action against climate change. Energy Union promotes "Intelligent Energy": the potential of renewable energy, energy-conscious behaviour and the need for changes at the political level.[1] Over the next two years the Energy Union tour will visit 12 countries across Europe with a live audio visual show from Coldcut, an interactive exhibition using the "Gridio" system, and political panel discussions.[2]

29 June 2009

Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Washington, June 29, 2009 - Fresh evidence of oil giant Shell's colossal contribution to global climate change and its continued investment in carbon intensive fossil fuels has been revealed today in a new report.[1] The report also reveals new internal documents that show Shell knew of the environmental dangers of gas
flaring in Nigeria more than fifteen years ago, but chose not to stop flaring purely for financial reasons.

22 June 2009

The Hungarian parliament has adopted a landmark resolution setting out the content for a national climate law. The resolution, initiated by Friends of the Earth and the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD), received unprecedented cross-party support after being submitted by the Chair of the House and arepresentative of each party.

Hungary
29 May 2009

Prague, May 29 – Today, environmental organisations Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Sortir du nucléaire formally ended their participation in the European Nuclear Energy Forum (ENEF) at a meeting in Prague hosted by the Czech and Slovak governments and backed by the European Commission. The environmental groups accuse the nuclear industry-dominated body of stifling critical voices and ignoring the concerns of civil society.

27 May 2009

Campinas (Brazil), Brussels (Belgium), May 27 – A new initiative to re-brand the intensive and damaging farming of soy as "responsible" is nothing short of green-wash and will con the public, said Friends of the Earth International today.

The warning comes as the so-called Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) meets on 28 May in Campinas, Brazil to agree new voluntary standards on the cultivation of soy. Even environmentally-damaging genetically modified soy will be called "responsible". [1]

19 May 2009

London, May 19 – Research by four leading environmental organisations released today to coincide with Royal Dutch Shell's Annual General Meeting, reveals the carbon intensity of the top international oil companies. Shell is now the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources.

5 May 2009

Brussels, 5 May, 2009 – Billions of Euros of taxpayers' money is being pumped into the fossil fuel industry, shows new research released today by Friends of the Earth Europe which is calling for all public subsidies to oil and gas companies to be stopped.

22 April 2009

Strasbourg, 22 April – This afternoon, the European Parliament voted to support an improved illegal timber law when a majority voted in favour of significant strengthening of the weak draft proposed by the European Commission last year.

The European Commission disappointingly continued to defend its weak position during the plenary debate on Tuesday evening. Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands calls upon the upcoming meeting of EU Agriculture ministers to adopt the strengthened illegal timber law before this summer.

19 March 2009

Brussels, 19 March – European leaders meeting in Brussels today failed to cough up the cash needed to finance the fight against climate change, provoking condemnation from Friends of the Earth Europe.

Heads of the 27 European Union countries spent most of their time discussing multi-billion Euro responses to the financial and economic crises and did not commit a single cent of the money Europe must contribute to international efforts to deal with global warming.

10 March 2009

Brussels, 10 March – European Finance Ministers failed to lay hard cash on the table today to support decarbonising economies in developing countries and to compensate for coping with the consequences of climate change [1].

Carbon offsetting schemes, such as the Clean Development Mechanism, have been put forward as mechanisms to tackle climate change and encourage financial flows to the global South. Friends of the Earth Europe believes that they are a loophole for industrialised countries to avoid making necessary emission cuts at home.

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