1 November 2011

This short briefing gives an overview of three investments in unconventional oil in Africa currently in prospect in the context of debates about the need to mitigate global environmental threats and ensure sustainable development.

1 November 2011

This research shows how Europe’s material consumption is threatening the world’s water supply and Europe is neglecting the catastrophic consequences that water stress and scarcity will have in the continent and in the rest of the world. Europe’s high levels of water use are characteristic of alarming levels of resource use by a minority of the global population. This imbalance in water use has already resulted in water conflicts in parts of the world where water is scarcest.

1 October 2011

Friends of the Earth Europe's and CEE Bankwatch Network's detailed recommendations for EU regional funds 2014-2020 aim to put Europe on a sustainable development path, urging the European Council and European Parliament, as well as national governments, to use these recommendations for Structural and Cohesion Funds to tackle climate change, stop biodiversity loss and reverse resource-overconsumption.

1 October 2011

New research commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe from Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) shows the scale of flows of ‘virtual land’ around the world – this is all the land that has been used to produce traded products. Europe’s 'land footprint' is one of the largest in the world, and the continent is more dependent on land from outside its borders than any other, contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss, and negative social impacts like land-grabbing and land rights violations.

1 September 2011

The cheapest, cleanest and safest energy is that which a country doesn’t use. But, like any worthwhile venture, energy savings require upfront
financing and a supportive legislative framework. Here are ten bright ideas to deliver the energy savings we need.

1 August 2011

This detailed ‘diary’ compiled shows the extent of Canadian efforts to block EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Between 2009 and 2011 the government of Canada engaged in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands.

1 June 2011

This briefing demonstrates that biofuels are a false solution for the aviation industry. The social and environmental impacts of current biofuels can be devastating: they cause deforestation, food price rises, hunger, poverty, biodiversity loss and they often produce more GHG emissions than the fossil fuels they replace. Biofuels present the aviation industry with a convenient blind alley, facilitating the industry’s expansion plans and avoiding pressure to reduce their fuel use and diverting political attention from the real need to cut air travel in order to reduce climate change.

1 June 2011

Thirteen factsheets highlighting thirteen reasons for reforming the Common Agricultural Policy, in coalition with leading Brussels NGOs.

1 May 2011

Parody erratum to Shell's sustainability report; where Shell apologises for all previous wrong-doings.

1 May 2011

With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of unconventional oil such as heavy crude, tar sands, and oil shale. These investments pose a challenge to the climate, the environment, and local communities. This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond.

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