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.
Irish Friends of the Earth activists built snowmen in the grounds of the Department of the
Environment to demand that the leader of the Irish Green Party, John Gormley, deliver the climate bill.
The snowmen held placards that read, 'No Climate Bill, sNOw thanks' and, 'Hey John, Where's Your Climate Bill?'.
The demand from the snowmen and Friends of the Earth Ireland was for the Green Party to keep its promise and publish the climate bill before Christmas.
Brussels – RWE (npower), Goldman Sachs and derivatives lobby group ISDA have been given the dubious honour of being named the Worst EU Lobbyists of 2010. The results of the dual climate and finance categories of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010  were revealed today during a ceremony outside the ISDA office in Brussels.
Brussels/Washington, D.C – Nanotechnology will not significantly increase energy efficiency, or help tackle climate change in its current form, reveals a new report from Friends of the Earth in Europe, US and Australia, released today . Nanotechnology, climate and energy: over-heated promises and hot air exposes the true environmental and energy costs of nanotechnology, promoted as ‘green’ by the nanotech-industry.
Brussels, Belgium, November 8, 2010 – Plans to increase the use of biofuels in Europe over the next ten years will require up to 69 000 square kilometres of new land worldwide and make climate change worse, a new study reveals today .
The report finds that an area over twice the size of Belgium will need to be converted into fields and plantations – putting forests, natural ecosystems and poor communities in danger, if European countries do not change their plans for getting petrol and diesel from food crops by 2020.
Europe’s heads of government today prepared their joint position for the next round of international climate talks with Friends of the Earth Europe warning the agreement falls way below the scale of emission reductions needed and includes a dangerous over-reliance on carbon markets.
The EU Council in Brussels adopted a common negotiating position to take to the crucial UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico which begin in four weeks.