1 March 2010

London, Brussels, March 1 - A new report launched today reveals that UK bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, has been involved in providing loans worth $7.5 billion in the last three years to companies carrying out highly controversial 'tar sands' mining [1] in Canada.

15 December 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark, December 15 - The winner of the Angry Mermaid Award 2009, announced by award-winning writer and journalist Naomi Klein at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen today is the biotech giant Monsanto with 37% of the total vote [1].

Oil giant Shell took second place (18%) in the Award for lobbying to sabotage effective action on climate change, followed by the American Petroleum Institute (14%).

Ten thousand people voted in the Angry Mermaid Award, named after the iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about corporate lobbying on climate change.

16 November 2009

Brussels/Copenhagen, Monday 16 November - The damaging impacts of corporate lobbying on international efforts to fight climate change are exposed today with the announcement of the eight candidates for the Angry Mermaid Award 2009.

The Angry Mermaid Award is named after the iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about the destruction being caused by climate change.

20 October 2009

Prague, Czech Republic, October 20, 2009 - Global Action on ArcelorMittal, a coalition of community and environmental groups, has urged the European Investment Bank (EIB) not to approve a EUR 250 million loan to Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal tomorrow (Wednesday 21) at a meeting of the bank's directors. [1]

23 September 2009

Brussels/Netherlands, September 23 - New research released today shows for the first time the extent of damage being caused by the European Union's increasing use of biofuels [1]. The research focuses on the massive expansion of palm oil in the Indonesian district of Ketapang and reports on the deforestation, illegal operations and social conflicts caused by the growing demand for palm oil in Europe. The report follows last week's announcement by the World Bank to cease funding palm oil projects [2].

10 September 2009

Brussels, 10 September 2009 – Friends of the Earth has welcomed a ruling yesterday, by the UK advertising watchdog, that describing palm oil as "sustainably produced" is false advertising.

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling followed a Friends of the Earth Europe/International complaint against an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. [1] The ASA has banned the advert.

1 July 2009

Brussels, July 1, 2009 - On the day the European Union is expected to announce the suspension of its new round of free trade negotiations with Central America, Friends of the Earth International calls for an end to the process of free trade negotiations that the EU is promoting in Central America, and recommends a full reconsideration by the EU of its role in the region. [1]

1 April 2009

Brussels, 1 April – Brussels-based environment, development, farming and transparency campaign organisations today denounce the EU's continuing contribution to the financial crises and the limited solutions it is advocating at the G20 with a theatre spectacle in front of the European Council from 12.30-13.15.

Politicians and citizens will battle their way out of the financial crisis, to the backdrop of a stock-exchange on stilts – all part of "Financial Fools Day", a global day of action on the eve of tomorrow's G20 meeting in London.

29 January 2009

Brussels/Amsterdam, 29 January 2009 - Billions of Euros made by Royal Dutch Shell should be ploughed into cleaning up the mess made by its operations around the world, Friends of the Earth urged today as the oil giant announced €21.5 billion profits for 2008. [1]

Shell has failed to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions over the last ten years [2] and causes massive damages in countries where it operates.

28 November 2008

Brussels, 28 November 2008 - New research published today reveals that the increasing demand for animal feed and agrofuels in the European Union is resulting in the loss of unique forests, serious climate emissions and rural conflict in developing countries [1]. The EU now uses over 16 million hectares of farmland every year to feed its livestock and increasingly to fuel its cars - an area equivalent to the combined arable farmland in Germany and Hungary. Most of the land needed is in South America.

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