28 March 2014

Our relationship with food and the way in which we farm is under increasing pressure. Extreme weather events, a changing climate and a growing population are putting the food sovereignty of communities at risk. At the same time health experts have raised serious questions about our modern diet.

19 March 2014

This briefing shows how fossil fuel and heavy industry interests used their privileged access, huge financial resources and insider influence to convince EU decision-makers to sacrifice ambitious climate action for 2030. 

It uses information gained from Freedom of Information requests to show just how close Europe’s dirtiest industries are to senior politicians and regulators and what influence this is having on the EU’s official climate change policy. 

Produced with Corporate Europe Observatory. 

6 March 2014

A trade deal between the EU and the US risks opening the backdoor for the expansion of fracking in Europe and the US, reveals this new report.

26 February 2014

The total amount of natural resources is limited. Non-renewable raw materials such as metals and oil are being used up. Other resources such as soils, water, or the atmosphere are overused. The amount of resource consumption due to our consumption of goods and services is enormous, and even today, it is far greater than what the Earth can sustain on a permanent basis. At present, humanity is using up the amount of resources that
should actually last for a whole year within eight months.

9 January 2014

The report presents a global perspective on the impacts of industrial meat and dairy production, and illustrates its increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment. The way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink.

The Meat Atlas aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming and advocates clear individual and political solutions.

1 December 2013

By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to clean energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly
and with added benefits. This briefing explores the many benefits of community energy: for the climate, for the people and communities involved in owning or running their own energy production, and for society as a whole.

1 December 2013

We need to drastically cut our emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means burning less fossil fuels. All over Europe communities and citizens are already taking control of their energy future and producing community-owned clean, renewable energy.

These community energy projects create lots of added benefits for the communities involved, from reduced fuels bills, to stronger community pride and of course knowing they are part of reducing global emissions.

30 November 2013

This paper, from Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch, assesses the progress, or otherwise, of environmental mainstreaming within Cohesion Policy programming in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovakia.

21 November 2013

This report is the result of an investigation into two of the world’s leading distributors of palm oil. It documents the illegal logging of land near protected forests in Indonesia by Bumitama Agri Group. The illegal activities include irregular permits, the encroachment on land which is home to endangered orangutans, and illegal clearing and landgrabbing.

4 November 2013

This study by the Sustainable Europe Research Institute for Friends of the Earth Europe looks at the impacts of Europe's 'land 'footprint'. Land is a limited global resource and changes in Europe's consumption of land are felt around the globe.