The S.O.S. Adriatic coalition – which includes Zelena Akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia – today welcomed the decision of Marathon Oil and OMV to withdraw from the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Adriatic.
The Croatian government announced plans to open up the Adriatic to oil drilling earlier in the year, with initial plans to sign contracts with five oil companies. Marathon Oil and OMV together held the largest number of Adriatic drilling concessions.
On June 11, more than 1,100 people gathered in 21 cities across the Czech republic to protest the Czech government's decision to break its promises to limit coal mining in North Bohemia.
Citizens from aross the Czech Republic are mobilising to protest the government's plan to break its long-held promise not to expand coal mining in North Bohemia, with the futures of two small cities in the north of the country at stake.
The Norwegian Parliament voted today for its $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, to divest from coal companies.
"This is a major breakthrough in the fight against dirty fossil fuels" says Lars Haltbrekken, chairman of Friends of the Earth Norway.
Domestic campaigning and international pressure has helped secure a unanimous decision in the Norwegian Parliament today. The Norwegian fund will withdraw its investments from all companies that generate more than 30 percent of their revenue or output from coal-activities.
The Norwegian government today gave the green light to one of the biggest single instances of pollution in the country's history. A new mine will dump its toxic tailings directly into the Førde fjord in the west of Norway.
"It is shocking that Norway is the only country in the world allow new projects of this kind", said Lars Haltbrekken of Friends of the Earth Norway.
With the Croatian government's recent announcement of their plans to to open up the Adriatic to oil exploration, Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia along with a number of other civil society groups this month officially launched a campaign to save the sea around Croatia, Montenegro and Italy from oil drilling.
Today, the European Commission’s proposals for the implementation of crucial EU climate legislation for reducing emissions from transport fuels passed in the European Parliament, despite a rejection by the majority of MEPs who voted.
Time may be running out to prevent toxic mining waste from being dumped directly into vulnerable Norwegian fjords – despite warnings from scientists, local inhabitants and the sea-food and tourism industries, warns Naturvernforbundet/Friends of the Earth Norway.
The ministry of Climate and Environment will submit its official recommendations on the project by Friday November 21 – a crucial step in deciding whether the project gets the go-ahead.
Friends of the Earth Europe has criticised a proposal announced today to regulate fuel imports to Europe because it does nothing to penalise the most polluting fuels.
The European Commission today published plans to implement the 'Fuel Quality Directive' – a crucial piece of European climate legislation agreed five years ago which aims to reduce emissions from transport fuels. It sets a target to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of transport fuels by 6% by 2020.
This morning, Members of the European Parliament and environmental groups played the board game 'Fracking RISK' to highlight how shale gas fails to offer a real solution to climate change or to the EU's growing dependency on imported natural gas. In the lead up to the 'Global Frackdown', an international day of action against shale gas on 11 October, Food & Water Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe were warning against the environmental and social harm that fracking for shale gas brings.
The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded "shameful" by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today.