The world is still on a collision course with climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, despite the international climate agreement forged in Paris last year entering into force ahead of schedule today.
The research outlines the potential for citizen-owned renewable energy projects in Europe, where 264 million "energy citizens" could generate 45% of the European Union's electricity needs by 2050 – as part of a democratised energy system.
As the EU-27 gather in Bratislava today, leading environmental organisations call for genuinely transformational change in the wake of the UK referendum.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today reaffirmed his commitment to CETA – the EU-Canada trade deal – calling it as "the best and most progressive agreement that we have ever entered into."
The last of the drilling machinery rolled out of Woodburn Forest in Northern Ireland today, bringing an end to attempts to drill for oil and gas in the region a huge milestone for the Stop the Drill campaign and the local residents behind it.
Efforts to tackle climate change across the European Union fall far short of commitments made in Paris, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The European Commission announced today its plan to distribute the goal of cutting emissions 40% by 2030 among the 28 member states.
Jordens Vänner/Friends of the Earth Sweden condemned the Swedish government today following their authorisation of the state-owned energy company Vattenfall to sell their climate-killing coal operations in Germany.
On the second weekend of May, thousands of people from across Europe gathered in a small corner of Lusatia, close to the German border with Poland. They were there for a weekend of anti-coal stunts and actions including a climate camp and demonstrations, next to one of the most polluting coal mines in Europe. In parallel, many participated a direct action under the banner of Ende Gelände (here and no further) with the aim of shutting down the mine – and they succeeded.
Signatures alone are not enough to stop climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, as representatives of over 160 countries attend a ceremony in New York to sign an international climate agreement, forged in Paris last December.
Europe continues to be taken hostage by destructive fossil fuels and the companies who profit from them, according to Friends of the Earth groups protesting at an informal meeting of European energy ministers in Amsterdam today.