Brussels, May 17, 2011 – The European Business Summit is a symbol of the disproportionate influence corporations, particularly lobby group BusinessEurope, have on European policy-making, Friends of the Earth Europe is warning on the eve of the event which opens tomorrow (May 18) in Brussels.
Friends of the Earth groups across Europe have called on world leaders to take serious action for the melting arctic.
With global temperatures increasing and melting sea ice, the area is under threat of becoming a victim of and contributor to climate change.
In the arctic the temperature is rising twice as fast in comparison to other areas, and local communities, ecosystems and the natural environment are struggling to cope with a rapidly changing climate.
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl.
Brussels, April 26, 2011 – On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Friends of the Earth Europe stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and neighbouring countries, remembering those affected by the catastrophe. Friends of the Earth Europe also stands with those still affected by the tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan – where the severity level of the nuclear crisis has been raised to maximum, on a par with Chernobyl .
In Brussels at the weekend, 2,000 demonstrators marked the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and demanded the acceleration of the phase out of nuclear power in Belgium.
The event was organised by Friends of the Earth Flanders & Brussels, and the newly formed movement for climate and social justice ‘Climaxi’, amongst others.
The demonstration demanded that Electrabel pay the price for the transformation to a sustainable, renewable-based, economy.
Brussels, March 15, 2011 – European nuclear safety representatives will meet today with Commissioner Oettinger on nuclear safety, following the worsening situation at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power station.
Brussels, March 14, 2011 – European environment ministers met today in Brussels to discuss the follow up to the international climate negotiations in Cancún. Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes the open letter from environment ministers from Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Greece and the UK, making the case for the EU to move to 30% emissions reductions, published in the morning of the Council meeting .
Two important climate and energy papers were released today by the European Commission in Brussels amid criticism from Friends of the Earth Europe.
The environmental group argues that the proposals for how Europe might tackle climate change over the next 40 years show the EU is effectively abandoning its pledge to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Brussels - European environment ministers met today in Brussels for the first time since the UN climate conference earlier this month in Cancun, Mexico made a weak agreement to tackle climate change. The ministers acknowledged the outcomes of the Cancún talks, failing to recognise that the agreement has a dangerous lack of substance, and opens up loopholes for the EU and other developed countries to avoid their commitments.
Cancún, Mexico / Brussels, Belgium - UN climate negotiations have ended after two weeks of negotiations in Cancún, Mexico with a weak adopted package that leaves the world further away from a just and strong agreement on tackling dangerous climate change.
It is a package that has prevented collapse but has failed on the most important essential part - the substance.