Europe needs to urgently quit gas if it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to internationally agreed levels, new science shows.
Campaigners from over 20 countries across Europe visited the controversial fracking site at Preston New Road, Lancashire, today, to offer support to local communities as they mark six years of successfully keeping fracking at bay.
This month marks six years since Cuadrilla fracked the first and only well in the UK, resulting in earth tremors and a temporary moratorium. Because of community opposition wherever fracking has since been proposed, people have successfully kept the industry at bay throughout the UK.
Dodgy data from the European gas lobby could lock Europe into unnecessary billion-euro infrastructure deals and decades of fossil-fuel use, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
Promoting gas as a long-term clean and sustainable energy solution is playing Russian roulette with climate change, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, following a Plenary vote in the European Parliament today on the "EU strategy on LNG and gas storage".
Friends of the Earth Scotland warmly welcomed the Scottish Government's decision to ban underground coal gasification (UCG) today. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced this afternoon that UCG poses numerous and serious environmental risks and should have no place in Scotland's energy mix.
The second shipment of controversial fracked gas arrived in Spain from the US today, for sale on a continent that has widely rejected the environmentally destructive fossil fuel. The shipment arrived at the Mugardos liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, at the port of Ferrol in Galicia, following an earlier delivery to Portugal this year.
Activists from across the Friends of the Earth Europe network stood in solidarity today with local campaigners resisting controversial oil and gas exploration in Woodburn Forest, Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast.
The dangers of fracking were recognised at the highest level in Europe today, as the European Commission announced it would refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to ensure adequate assessments of the environmental impacts of fracking operations.
Friends of the Earth Germany, alongside allies and German brewers, called for a ban on fracking outside of the German parliament today. The alliance of brewers were protesting against the threat of fracking to water quality, and ultimately German beer, and have launched special bottle-caps for beer bottles with the slogan "Nein! Zu Fracking".
Europe is turning its back on December's climate agreement in Paris, and further shackling itself to fossil fuels, according to Friends of the Earth Europe. The European Commission's 'energy security package', announced today, is the first big test for Europe's energy future, and prioritises subsidies for, and investments in, dirty fossil fuels, including gas, and the infrastructure required for them – locking Europe into decades of fossil fuel use.