Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe's leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission's environmental performance since 2010.
To mark the official start of the Rio +20 summit, campaigners from Friends of the Earth France/Les Amis de la Terre held an alternative people's summit in Paris, outside the stock exchange. The people's summit formed part of the Global Day of Action, and supported real social and ecological justice and opposed the commodification of nature. The event was held in solidarity with the thousands of people who marched for climate justice and against the 'green economy' today in Rio.
In the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio (Brazil), Friends of the Earth France have launched their "Nature is not for sale!" campaign to highlight the dangers of putting a price on nature. Making nature, ecosystems and fundamentals like water tradable will not solve our current global crisis.
A guide for citizens 'Nature is not for sale!' criticises the Rio +20 "Declaration on natural capital" which outlines the new market mechanisms through which finance is taking over nature as part of the so called "green economy".
Negotiations to reform European agriculture are going in the wrong direction and will not halt the rapid collapse of biodiversity, warn Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning comes on the International Day of Biological Diversity and as the debate on the reform of European agricultural policy reaches a critical stage.
It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland as it unveils a new campaign to save the bee.
The new figure – equivalent to the annual wages of 60,000 teachers – comes from research conducted by leading bee experts at the University of Reading on behalf of the environment charity as it launches The Bee Cause to call for action on bees before it's too late.
A project by Friends of the Earth Czech Republic/Hnutí DUHA Olomouc to support the return of large carnivores in the Beskydy Mountains, West Carpathians, has won a worldwide conservation competition.
Thanks to strong public support, the project beat 6 other projects in the 'Nature' category to win the competition organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Friends of the Earth Czech Republic will now receive financial support from EOCA for its work to protect endangered bears, wolves and lynx.
Europe’s Environment Ministers met yesterday in Brussels with three of Europe’s, and the world’s, most pressing environmental challenges on the agenda – biodiversity, resource-use and climate change. On all three fronts, their responses are inadequate to address the scale of these global challenges, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
Brussels, November 17, 2011 – Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown. 
The report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) estimates that 85 percent of biodiversity will be damaged across 17,000 square kilometres of natural habitats that risks being converted to farmland as a result of EU biofuel targets. None of this will be protected under current EU legislation for biofuels.
Today, after nearly three years of campaigning from Friends of the Earth Croatia, the Croatian Parliament has abolished a law that allowed golf courses to abuse and even side step environmental regulation.
Following sustained public pressure from Friends of the Earth Croatia/Zelena Akcija alongside a number of other environmental groups, the Croatian Parliament finally adopted the proposal from the Croatian Government.
Friends of the Earth Cyprus exposed two of the three largest criminal gangs controlling illegal and non-selective bird trapping and killing in Cyprus. The Anti-Poaching Squad and the Game Fund and Wildlife Management Service located the two gangs and organised the immediate arrest of the leading trappers. At the same time, a top restaurant serving illegal birds, discovered in October 2010, received the largest fine possible from the Cypriot court. Work continues to expose further restaurants involved in this illegal trade.