1 November 2010

This study analyses the likely impacts on land use and greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel use by 2020. It includes evidence on size and impacts of ‘indirect land use change’ resulting from biofuel use. It is the most comprehensive study to date to quantify these effects. It reveals that the EU’s plans for biofuels will result in the conversion of up to 69 000 square kilometres of land to agricultural use potentially putting forests, other natural ecosystems, and poor communities at risk.

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 September 2010

At least 500,000 new jobs would be created in Europe if countries recycled 70% of their waste finds a new study, 'More Jobs, Less Waste', launched by Friends of the Earth today. This is the recycling rate already achieved by Flanders in Belgium.

1 August 2010

The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, this investigation reveals. The research looks at 11 African countries and finds at least five million hectares of land is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market. The report reveals how local communities are having their land taken, forests and natural vegetation are being cleared, and there are few safeguards for local community land rights.

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 June 2010

This report raises critical questions about the ArcelorMittal's complicity in the misuse of the first tranche of approximately US$4.7 million County Social Development Fund in Liberia and warns that the fund could be stolen and misused by politicians in charge to support their upcoming election campaigns in 2011.

1 May 2010

Highlights of Friends of the Earth Europe's campaigns in Brussels, key successes from our 31 member groups across Europe. Also contains financial information, capacity building projects across the network, publications, and our aims for the year ahead.

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 April 2010

Written by some of the leading experts on lobbying transparency in Europe, this book provides an eye-opening insight into decision-making within the European Union – and offers a valuable guide to fighting for greater transparency and accountability.