This weekend, Friends of the Earth campaigners from across Europe visited one of the front-lines in the struggle against drilling for unconventional oil and gas in the south-east of England. There is a growing movement in the UK to oppose fracking – in the courts, in the fields and on the roads, and by creating community-owned renewable energy projects. Friends of the Earth is linking this movement with struggles to oppose fracking in other parts of the country and across the world.
Friends of the Earth Europe has criticised a proposal announced today to regulate fuel imports to Europe because it does nothing to penalise the most polluting fuels.
The European Commission today published plans to implement the 'Fuel Quality Directive' – a crucial piece of European climate legislation agreed five years ago which aims to reduce emissions from transport fuels. It sets a target to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of transport fuels by 6% by 2020.
This morning, Members of the European Parliament and environmental groups played the board game 'Fracking RISK' to highlight how shale gas fails to offer a real solution to climate change or to the EU's growing dependency on imported natural gas. In the lead up to the 'Global Frackdown', an international day of action against shale gas on 11 October, Food & Water Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe were warning against the environmental and social harm that fracking for shale gas brings.
The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded "shameful" by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today.
Hundreds of people marched through Copenhagen and Greenland's capital Nuuk today as part of a NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark protest against the Greenland government's decision to reverse a ban on radioactive uranium mining.
The United States and Canadian governments are using ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands unfettered access to its market, according to a new report out today.
As trade negotiations between the EU and US on a transatlantic trade treaty continue in Brussels this week, the research by European and North American environmental organisations reveals how Canada and the US have been using trade talks to pressure Europe to weaken its climate policy.
In the wake of major human rights abuses carried out by European companies and the national government in Guatemala, two human rights defenders from the west of the country visited Brussels to share their struggles and campaign for big businesses to prevent human rights abuses, or be held to account for their crimes.
In a new frontier for shale gas, big energy companies such as Chevron, Shell and Total are 'heading south' to drill in Argentina, including in protected natural areas. This dash for unconventional fossil fuels is taking place at the expense of the interests of local communities, workers and the environment, finds new research by Friends of the Earth Europe released today.
Leaders of the Group of seven (G7) countries must break their fossil fuel dependency, and invest in genuine solutions to energy security, like energy efficiency and community-owned renewables, demanded Friends of the Earth Europe today.
As international climate talks resume in Bonn today, two months after climate scientists warned of climate-change-related risks from extreme events, leaders of the G7 are meeting in Brussels to discuss topics including the Ukraine, climate and energy.