18 July 2013

This new report explores whether, a year before parliamentary elections, the risk of conflicts of interest (still) exists among those MEPs currently serving as elected representatives. The report examines the cases of individual MEPs who risk potential conflicts of interest. The findings suggest that clear risks of potential conflicts of interest remain, despite the introduction of a new ethics code for MEPs in January 2012. 

30 June 2013

In May 2014 people in 28 countries across Europe will get the chance to vote for the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who will represent them in European Union decision making. This briefing explains what MEPs do, what powers they have, how the European Parliament works, and why anyone who cares about the local, national and global environment be interested in these elections. 

 

26 June 2013

This short briefing spells out the disconnect between climate science and EU action. The European Union has often repeated its commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C yet EU leaders are assuming a 50/50 chance of overshooting the 2°C limit.

It includes recommendations for getting EU climate and energy policies to measure up to the scale of the problem.

 

13 June 2013

Glyphosate is the world's best-selling weed killer and one of the most widely used herbicides in Europe. It is crucial for growing genetically modified (GM) crops, many of which are modified to withstand glyphosate.

Concerns surround the safety of glyphosate particularly about its effect on human health, particularly on the hormone system, and its impact on the wider environment. 

31 May 2013

Our Annual Review of 2012 focuses on the Friends of the Earth Europe network, and brings the voices of eight individuals involved with our work across Europe. It also celebrates five years of Young Friends of the Earth Europe, our youth-led, grassroots network.

You will find highlights from our campaigns in Brussels, and key successes from our 31 member groups across Europe, alongside financial information and our aims for the year ahead.

22 May 2013

These two factsheets show that shale gas is not the economic miracle heralded by its proponents. Using figures from key industry sources and economic experts, these documents show that shale gas could at best only represent 2-3% of the European gas demand in 2030 and could be up to three times more expensive to develop compared to the US.

10 May 2013

Why Europe needs three ambitious and binding targets for 2030 to cut greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and develop renewable energies to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.

And how these will encourage investment in solutions that will cut Europe’s emissions at the rate and scale science tells us is needed, and also create decent jobs, improve energy security and save money for consumers and businesses alike.

7 March 2013

Based on newly available data this report sheds lights on Europe’s role as a major user of global land resources.

Europe’s high consumption levels, and insatiable appetite for meat, dairy, textiles and other products that require large areas of land, mean Europe’s 'land footprint' remains one of the largest in the world.  

3 March 2013

Between now and the end of 2013, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will undergo a major reform. This means that on the 1st of January 2014, a new agriculture policy for the European Union with a new budget will enter into force.

27 February 2013

The European Union could benefit from €200 billion net savings per year by 2020 providing it gets on track to meeting its stated 20% by 2020 energy savings target, this report shows.

The study also looks to 2030 and finds that net savings in the order of €250 billion per year could be achieved if the EU reduces its energy use by roughly 35% below current levels by 2030.

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