European leaders, meeting today in Brussels, are seriously jeopardising the European Union's chances of averting catastrophic man made climate change, and tackling the economic crisis by delaying the crucial decision to unilaterally increase targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions. They are closing the door on innovation, green investment and up to a million new jobs warns Friends of the Earth Europe.
EU Environment Ministers meeting today in Luxembourg shelved a Commission report  analysing the possibility of increasing the EU's current 20% by 2020 emissions target. Friends of the Earth Europe believes that this jeopardises the EU's chances of averting catastrophic man made climate change. The decision came on the same day as a UN climate conference concluded in Bonn without the EU or other industrialised countries making a clear commitment to an effective global agreement to tackle climate change.
On the 2nd of June, Friends of the Earth Ireland, as part of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, took part in a mass lobby on climate change today.
Friends of the Earth members and supporters from all over the country came to a venue close to the Dáil (the Irish Parliament) to meet with their Members of Parliament. They asked them to commit to support a strong climate law in the Dáil, when the Bill comes before them this autumn.
BONN/BRUSSELS, May 31, 2010 – The first major UN climate negotiations following the failure of talks in Copenhagen last December begin today. The European Union must play an active role in progressing the talks by reaffirming its commitment to legally binding emission cuts under the Kyoto Protocol and committing sufficient public money for developing countries to tackle climate change, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
Brussels, May 27 – A meeting of the World Bank in Brussels was targeted by campaigners today urging it to stop financing fossil fuel projects.
European Commission must press ahead with bold climate action
Brussels, 26 May – Research published today by the European Commission on the impact of cutting more of Europe's climate-changing emissions by 2020 has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth Europe.  The environment group warned however that the EU must further increase its ambition to a 40% reduction in domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and avoid reliance on carbon trading as the solution to the climate crisis.
Brussels, March 26 - European leaders meeting formally today for the first time since the disappointment of December's Copenhagen talks did not breathe much-needed new life into efforts to combat climate change.
Brussels, March 15 - European Environment Ministers met today to discuss the next steps after the failure of the UN conference in Copenhagen last December. While it is positive that they stick to the existing negotiating texts under the Kyoto Protocol as the basis for a future agreement, Friends of the Earth Europe believes that the Council's conclusions have shortcomings which prevent the EU from achieving a strong and fair solution to the climate crisis.
Brussels, March 9 - Today the European Commission released its communication on International climate policy post-Copenhagen, initiated by the new Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.  Although the communication contains positive elements since it holds on to the idea of binding emission reduction targets under the Kyoto protocol and the existing negotiating texts, Friends of the Earth Europe is critical of the communication for failing to offer ambition needed on emission reductions.
Last-minute lobbying by industry has stopped the Hungarian parliament from adopting a climate law in its current term.
Following successful campaigning by Friends of the Earth Hungary's Big Ask campaign, the Hungarian Climate Bill was included on the Parliamentary agenda in mid-February and received support from all parties. But industries afraid of being detrimentally affected by the law have succeeded in blocking it at the last moment.