European politicians recognised the specific environmental, health and social impacts of fracking today, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. For the first time, and as a result of a vote in the European Parliament today, some of the dangers of unconventional fossil fuels like shale gas are now specifically reflected in environmental and health safeguards applicable to all fossil fuels. However, the organisation warns that this does not close the door on dirty and dangerous unconventional fossil fuels.
Today twenty-one Nobel Prize winners backed calls from Friends of the Earth Europe for the immediate implementation of the EU Fuel Quality Directive.
The Nobel laureates sent a letter to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Union environment ministers calling for stronger action to help tackle climate change by accurately labelling transport fuels according their climate impacts.
As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development today closes the public consultation period on its upcoming energy strategy, a coalition of the largest ten European environmental organisations, the Green 10, is calling on the bank to phase out fossil fuels from its future lending, beginning with coal, and to rule out lending to risky energy sources, such as nuclear and shale gas.
Friends of the Earth groups from around the world are today calling on Shell to clean up its mess in the oil-rich and heavily polluted Niger Delta in Nigeria. The launch of an international petition targeting Shell comes exactly two years after a United Nations report exposed oil-giant Shell's systematic contamination of Ogoniland in Nigeria.
Friends of the Earth Europe's new film, documenting the efforts of local communities in Madagascar to protect their island home from tar sands development, was premiered in Europe last week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland took part in a mass rally on Saturday ahead of the G8 summit this week to draw attention to the threat that fracking poses to local communities.
The environmental campaigners took part in a mass march in Belfast City Centre with trade unions, anti-poverty groups and other civil society organisations under the banner 'Another World is Possible.'
Activists from Friends of the Earth Europe posed as an imaginary energy company, Drill4All, and set up a fake drilling rig outside the European Commission today, to pretend shale gas was extracted in the centre of Brussels and highlight the possible negative environmental and local impacts of Europe's dash for unconventional gas.
European leaders met today in Brussels to discuss energy policy. Their official conclusions show that concerns about high costs are delaying the transition to a clean and sustainable energy system.
This is faulty thinking, according to environment group Friends of the Earth Europe, which believes much more urgent changes to Europe's energy system are needed to prevent dangerous climate change.
Along with Food and Water Europe, we took a closer look at the US shale gas boom, and revealed an economic system based on shaky foundations, that side-lines health and the environment, and is reliant on unsustainably low prices driven by speculation and industry overestimates.
Canada's attempts to bully Europe into accepting oil from its highly polluting tar sands continued today when Canadian Minister of Environment Peter Kent made a speech in Brussels.
Anti-tar sands campaigners from Friends of the Earth Europe and the UK Tar Sands Network were present outside the event. Dressed as chefs, they brought the message 'Don't cook the planet' and distributed materials about the harm caused by tar sands and Canada's record on climate change.