Brussels/Copenhagen, December 11 - The chances of reaching a just and fair international agreement on combating climate change are extremely slim today after European Heads of State failed to significantly strengthen the EU's position for Copenhagen.
At a meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed not to increase the 20% emission reduction target by 2020, compared to 1990 levels, which they set in 2007. They kept their conditional offer of a 30% target for 2020 subject to other parties' commitments.
Copenhagen/Brussels, December 10 – Europe must commit to at least 40% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 without offsetting, Friends of the Earth International urged today as European Heads of State meet in parallel to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen.
The meeting of the European Council in Brussels on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 December will discuss climate change and emissions targets for the EU with serious implications for the ongoing international talks.
Copenhagen/Brussels – The European Union must make stronger commitments to fighting climate change to increase the chance of achieving a just and effective global climate agreement, Friends of the Earth Europe said today as vital United Nations climate talks opened in Copenhagen.
Brussels – One week ahead of crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen, a new study released today by Stockholm Environment Institute in partnership with Friends of the Earth Europe proves for the first time that Europe could double its greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2020.
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.
Plans by oil company Eni to develop tar sands and oil palm in the Congo Basin risk irreversible damage to biodiversity, local communities and our climate, and break the company's own guidelines, according to Congolese human rights organisations and their international partners. In a report published today, Energy Futures? Eni's Investments in tar sands and palm oil in the Congo Basin, the groups argue that given their potential for local harm and their huge carbon footprint, such investments should be considered too high risk for Eni or any other energy company .
BARCELONA, SPAIN, 6 November 2009 - Rich countries are deliberately attempting to sidetrack UN climate negotiations towards a weak, ineffective politically binding agreement in Copenhagen – rather than fulfilling their legal obligations to agree ambitious new targets to slash their emissions – at the conclusion of the latest round of UN climate negotiations in Barcelona, warns Friends of the Earth International.
Brussels/Copenhagen, 2 November - Business attempts to undermine a strong and just global agreement on climate change are being put under the spotlight in the countdown to United Nations negotiations in Copenhagen with a special award, jointly organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth International, Focus on the Global South, Attac and Spinwatch.
The Angry Mermaid Award - named after the iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about the destruction being caused by climate change - will be decided by a public vote.
Brussels, October 30 – The prospect of the world reaching a fair and just climate agreement is no closer today after European Union leaders showed total inadequacy to live up to their legal, moral and historical responsibilities for climate change.
12,000 people converged on the beach in Ostend, Belgium, in a colourful dance-protest for the climate, 100 days before the crucial UN climate conference in Copenhagen.
‘The Big Ask again’ event, organised by Friends of the Earth and other members of the Belgian Climate Coalition, was directed by award winning filmmaker Nic Balthazar. The 12,000 people performed a choreographed Bollywood-style dance and called for a strong, just agreement at the climate talks.