Poznan, POLAND, 11 December 2008 - European environment ministers arriving at crucial climate negotiations in Poland received messages this morning sent by over a thousand young people urging them to 'wrap up' climate change.
Brussels, 9 December -- The winners of the 2008 Worst EU Lobbying Awards have been revealed at a ceremony in Brussels today, despite a last minute attempt to gag the organisers with legal action from one of the candidates. More than 8500 people took part in the online public vote .
Brussels, 9 December 2008 - As the European Parliament and EU Member States are finalising their negotiations on a new European law for renewable energy, international environmental organisations are warning that under the new law large swathes of peatlands, possibly representing the world's largest carbon stores, will be destroyed for the purpose of producing bio-energy.
The proposal to share post-2012 greenhouse gas reductions between EU countries, known as 'Effort Sharing', is one of the key elements of EU action against climate change. It sets the reduction targets for sectors not covered by emissions trading, such as agriculture, transport and households representing 55 per cent of EU emissions. However this proposal, steered by the self-interest of EU member states, sets the bar far too low:
Brussels, 4 December 2008 - European leadership on climate change continued to melt away today as EU Environment Ministers meeting in Brussels appeared unable to inject positive momentum into negotiations on Europe's flagship response to climate change - the climate and energy package.
Brussels, 2 December 2008 - Commenting on the agreement reached last night by European decision-makers on a new regulation on cars and CO2, Jeroen Verhoeven, car efficiency campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe said:
Brussels, 28 November 2008 - New research published today reveals that the increasing demand for animal feed and agrofuels in the European Union is resulting in the loss of unique forests, serious climate emissions and rural conflict in developing countries . The EU now uses over 16 million hectares of farmland every year to feed its livestock and increasingly to fuel its cars - an area equivalent to the combined arable farmland in Germany and Hungary. Most of the land needed is in South America.
A short film made by Friends of the Earth in Belgium, with the help of award winning film director Nic Balthazar, is helping spread the message that politicians must 'Act Now' against climate change.
More than 6,000 people took part in the recording of the Big Ask video clip at Ostend on the Belgian coast. It was the largest ever event against climate change in Belgium.
Brussels, 26 November - As negotiations over new EU targets for biofuels enter a critical final phase, environment and development campaigners have warned of a 'climate time bomb' if so-called 'sustainability criteria' are not dramatically improved.
Brussels, 25 November 2008 - With accelerated spending of EU regional aid billions expected to feature in tomorrow's economic recovery plan announced by the European Commission, CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) are calling for substantial increases in EU spending on energy efficiency and renewable energy to be put on the fast-track by the Commission.