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.
Negotiations to agree on how part of the EU budget for 2014-20 will be spent are set to conclude this month. Friends of the Earth Europe, alongside BirdLife Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and WWF is warning against using part of the EU budget for oil, coal and gas subsidies – undermining Europe's efforts to bolster environmental protection and deliver more sustainable economic gains.
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.
Friends of the Earth Scotland today went to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) AGM to ask the bank to disinvest in funding mountaintop removal for coal mining.
They posed as two 'bankers' with a replica mountain and symbolically ‘stuffed’ their faces with coal to feed their fossil fuel addiction.
Two leading climate scientists, Professors James Hansen and Mark Jaccard, explained the urgency of the climate crisis and called for strong action by the European Union, at an event in the European Parliament today.
The two are in Europe to reinforce the importance of accurate labelling of the most carbon intensive fuels under EU legislation, known as the Fuel Quality Directive.
The debate was hosted by GLOBE EU . European Commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard also spoke at the event
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.