Nigerian farmers whose farmland was polluted by oil spills have submitted an appeal to the court in The Hague, together with Friends of the Earth Netherlands, following a ruling in January that acquitted Shell of responsibility for some of the charges brought against them.
The European Union dealt a major blow yesterday to the oil industry’s push for secrecy by agreeing transparency legislation. It marks a critical step to counter corruption in the global oil, gas and mining sectors.
Representatives from the European Parliament and European Council agreed to include strong rules governing the disclosure of payments by extractive industry companies to resource-rich countries.
A leader of Canada's Indigenous peoples gave a dramatic eyewitness account of the environmental and social devastation associated with mining tar sands at the world's biggest tourism fair today.
Representatives from Canada's First Nations and Friends of the Earth Europe are at the Berlin ITB expo to protest about the destruction of Canada's natural environment and publicise the dangers of tar sands expansion.
A new documentary released today highlights the local resistance to shale gas exploration in Poland. The film, produced by The Ecologist Film Unit with help from Friends of the Earth Europe and Food and Water Watch Europe, tells the story of farmers and residents in the region surrounding Gdansk who are worried about the dangers of shale gas extraction in their area.
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.
Canadian government ministers have been actively lobbying the governments of 11 EU member states, European Parliament and Commission to weaken one of the EU’s headline pieces of climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive.
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 Scotland protested today at Cairn Energy’s Wild West intentions to extend oil exploration and extraction in the Arctic. Due to unprecedented ice-cap loss due to global warming, new areas of the Arctic are now being seen as viable sites to drill for oil that was previously unattainable.
In a vote on two parliamentary reports on shale gas, despite widespread recognition of the dangers of ‘fracking’, a split European Parliament did not impose a de facto moratorium, or ensure the highest possible environmental and health standards for an undeniably dangerous technology .
Friends of the Earth Europe, along with several allies, wrote today to the Chief Executive and President of German power company RWE, to declare their solidarity with activists occupying Hambach Forest in Westphalia and to urge him not to further expand RWE’s mining activities in that area. The letter was delivered personally, interrupting a dinner event being held for coal industry executives as part of European Coal Day.