Brussels/The Hague, January 30, 2013 - A Dutch court has ruled today that Shell is responsible for not preventing the pollution of farmlands at Ikot Ada Udo, Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. The case brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands and four Nigerian farmers is an important victory for Nigerian people and the environment.
This is the first time that Shell has been ordered by a court to pay compensation for damage caused by its operations. The Nigerian justice system has never been able to accomplish this.
A poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth England Wales and Northern Ireland has found that more than 20 million Britons (43%) are hoping to unwrap electronic gadgets like iPads, Kindles and smartphones this Christmas. The new YouGov poll also reveals that more than 13 million adults (28%) have bought, or plan to buy, a gadget as a Christmas present for someone else.
Friends of the Earth Europe, alongside Anywaa Survival Organisation, GRAIN and Re: Common called on major farmland investors today, such as banks and pension funds, to stop facilitating land grabs. The call comes on the eve of a global farmland investment conference in London on 3-5 December.
The European Commission last Friday approved a certification scheme which would brand biofuels produced from palm oil as 'sustainable', despite evidence that their production contributes to deforestation, peatland degradation, disputes over land rights, and climate change.Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe argue that legitimising the use of palm oil biofuels by approving the scheme by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is inconsistent with the Commission's own analysis pub
Tin used in some of the best-selling brands of smartphones is almost certainly linked to the devastation of forests, farmland, coral reefs and communities in Indonesia, according to a new report 'Mining for Smartphones: the True Cost of Tin' from Friends of the Earth.
The investigation links destructive mining techniques in Bangka, Indonesia, to products in Europe, and is released as the European Commission prepares to publish new draft legislation that will force companies to report on their non-financial impacts.
The European Union must not pass up on the historic chance to enshrine transparency rules for oil, gas, mining and logging companies in European law, warned Friends of the Earth Europe today, together with the Publish What You Pay coalition.
Pinocchio Prizes, dubious honours for unscrupulous corporations, were awarded today in Paris by Les Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth France) in conjunction with The Research and Information Centre for Development (CRID) and Peuples Solidaires. Over 17,000 people voted for nominees in three categories.
Friday 16 November 2012, Residence Palace, Polak Room, Brussels: 9am – 1pm
The issue of transparency is again high-up on the EU agenda: following the scandal about ex-health and consumer Commissioner Dalli in the last weeks, debates on how to improve the transparency of EU institutions and regain the trust of European citizens have started again.
Voting is open for the fifth edition of the Pinocchio Prize, from Friends of the Earth France. The awards continue to illustrate and denounce the negative impacts and activities of French companies in France, and abroad – companies that behave in total contradiction to the concept of sustainable development, despite boasting about their 'green' credentials.
Each year, following a public vote, Pinocchio prizes are awarded to three deserving companies in three categories:
MEPs voted today on the proposed financial reforms known as MiFID (the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive). The reforms adopted impose limits on the amount of shares a speculator can hold in the market, but serious loopholes mean food speculation can continue to drive up food prices and price volatility, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.