Governments are falling short of their 2010 pledges to restore nature and ecosystems by 2020 as UN-led discussions start today in South Korea, according to new research by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEEweb for biodiversity.
The meeting is close to the halfway mark to the 2020 target date, but it will reveal that individual nations and trade blocs are not on course to meet their commitments to reverse biodiversity decline. Without concerted effort over the next few years, governments are set to miss their own deadlines. 
In its "No Net Loss" initiative, the European Union proposes to introduce a regulation on biodiversity offsetting, i.e. making up for biodiversity loss in one area by introducing protections in another, a strategy that, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, is deeply flawed and bears high risks.
The line-up of new European Commissioners nominated to be the European Union's most senior civil servants for the next five years was announced yesterday.
This November, the nature conservation foundation EuroNatur will present the 2014 EuroNatur Award – for outstanding services to nature conservation – to Friends of the Earth Czech Republic / Hnutí Duha, it was announced last month.
Rick Buchholz and his family, working with Friends of the Earth Malta, are on a mission to clean Malta's beaches and raise awareness of the wanton pollution that threatens these otherwise pristine environments and the marine life there. A big change from their native Arizona, Rick and his family have loved being surrounded by the Mediterranean since their arrival on Malta a year ago, but were shocked to see how much litter was collecting in the bays and on the beaches.
Dressed as golfers and playing with toy turtles instead of golf balls, Friends of the Earth Cyprus demonstrated its objection today to the development of two golf courses in Limni, Cyprus. The golf courses threaten breeding grounds for rare turtles; and will be built at the expense of local people.
In Ukraine, Zelenyi Svit / Friends of the Earth Ukraine campaigners, alongside other environmental organisations, are keeping up their efforts to create a protected area in Samara forest in the Dnipropetrovsk region of the country, which is under threat from human activity.
Samara is the largest and southernmost natural forest in the steppe zone of Ukraine, encompassing an area of about 15,000 hectares, and extending for 30 km along a narrow strip down the river that shares its name.
Czech courts have ruled that protesters, including many members of Hnutí Duha/Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, who blocked loggers in Šumava national park in 2011, acted peacefully, legitimately and in complete accordance with the law. Police intervention, however, and the tree-felling itself, have both been deemed illegal.
Intensive meat and dairy production is having an increasingly devastating impact on society and the environment, according to a new 'Meat Atlas' published today by Friends of the Earth Europe and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.
Friends of the Earth groups from across Europe expressed solidarity with Friends of the Earth Czech Republic (Hnutí DUHA) last week, in their struggle to save the Šumava national park, in the Czech Republic, from unsustainable development and logging. In a press conference on the Czech-German border, delegates from Friends of the Earth Europe called on local communities to support Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, and for the new government to consolidate wilderness zones and preserve the national park's status and integrity.