1 October 2010

Europe's Emissions Trading System - the EU-ETS - which was launched in 2005 has so far been an abject failure. Reliance on the ETS means Europe will continue to fail to meet its share of the climate challenge. Furthermore, the EU's preoccupation with carbon markets is also obstructing other certain measure for reducing emissions.

1 September 2010

Claims that genetically modified (GM) crops can solve hunger remain unproven, while a new claim has recently emerged that GM crops will be one of the solutions to combatting climate change. On the basis of these claims,the industry is lobbying hard at the UN's climate change negotiations, in order to have GM crops and industrial farming methods recognized (and financed) as climate change mitigation techniques. This report finds the industrys claims that they will be useful in both tackling and adapting to climate change exaggerated and premature.

1 August 2010

EU biofuel targets are leading to a rapid increase in demand for agricultural land at the expense of forests and other carbon rich habitats. This expansion is often indirect - biofuel crops displace other crops which move to the forest. Scientific research has now shown that emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) have the potential to negate any greenhouse gas emission savings which might be generated from biofuel use.

1 May 2010

The global development of tar sands will magnify the climate crisis and damage the EU’s environment and development objectives, this report warns. It reveals that investment by European oil companies – such as BP, Shell, Total and ENI – is expanding with developments around the world including in the Republic of Congo, Venezuela, Madagascar, Russia, Jordan and Egypt, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate and local communities.

1 March 2010

As this report on EU budget spending in central and eastern Europe shows, there is still a vast gap between intentions to achieve positive climate objectives and the actual use of available EU money. The findings in this report describe the ongoing failure in implementing the EU’s current climate objectives, which are still low in comparison with what the EU could and should be doing in order to stop climate change. What is missing is the integration of EU climate objectives in our everyday life.

12 December 2009

A special one-off publication produced for the UN climate talks in Copenhagen with articles about Friends of the Earth's demands for climate justice, campaigns around the world, and testimonies.

1 December 2009

A summary of the study by Stockholm Environment Institute 'Europe's share of the climate challenge - Domestic actions and international obligations to protect the planet'. The research proves for the first time that 40% domestic emissions cuts by 2020 in Europe are technically possible and financially feasible, and estimates the EU's fair share of financial contributions to developing countries.

 

1 December 2009

The majority of car advertisements are not complying with the EU Directive for fuel consumption and CO2 labeling. By analysing several case studies in 6 countries, the study gives recommendations to improve current directive implementation and future revisions.

1 September 2009

The nuclear industry is trying to make a come back by claiming to be a solution for the world's rapidly increasing demand for energy over the last decades and the threat of a dramatic climate change. This report highlights the current PR-war being fought by the nuclear lobby to advertise the unproven and false statements claiming that: nuclear safety problems have been solved; solutions for a safe nuclear waste disposal exist; and proliferation could be kept under control

1 September 2009

Is the World Trade Organisation blocking progress in the fight against climate change? This is the question at the origin of this legal analysis. Politicians often invoke the WTO as a powerful supranational institution that prevents them from taking any 'market unfriendly' measures. With this legal analysis we intend to correct this distorted picture of WTO rules, and demonstrate that WTO rules provide adequate flexibility for national policy makers to take bold and necessary measures to meet the climate change challenge.

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