Brussels, June 21, 2011 – Poland, holders of the EU's next Council presidency, blocked any progress in climate discussions at today's Environment Council. Poland refuses to step up to a 25% domestic emission reductions by 2020 in Europe as suggested by Commissioner Hedegaard in March . Earlier in the day, environment ministers failed to provide financial support to prevent biodiversity loss.
Friends of the Earth groups across Europe have called on world leaders to take serious action for the melting arctic.
With global temperatures increasing and melting sea ice, the area is under threat of becoming a victim of and contributor to climate change.
In the arctic the temperature is rising twice as fast in comparison to other areas, and local communities, ecosystems and the natural environment are struggling to cope with a rapidly changing climate.
Brussels, May 3, 2011 – Friends of the Earth Europe welcomes today's European Commission plan  for the future of biodiversity in Europe, but warns measurable targets are urgently needed in the areas of agriculture and forestry if the strategy is to succeed. The document outlines how the 27 member states of the EU will implement the new global strategic plan for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), agreed in October last year alongside 193 nations.
An 'Ark of Biodiversity', a mobile exhibition on Swiss biodiversity organised by Friends of the Earth Switzerland, has just completed a national tour.
People of all ages were able to walk on the timber ship, which is as big as a coach, and experience the mystery and wonder of biodiversity. On board the ark are about 40 animal and plant models.
In the last days of the International Year of Biodiversity, Friends of the Earth Switzerland has submitted a petition to the Swiss parliament and government, signed by almost 30,000 people. The petition calls for more governance on issues of biodiversity and nature protection.
The large number of signatures collected in five months by Friends of the Earth Switzerland and environmental groups illustrates citizens' unwillingness to accept authorities neglecting their basic duties to stop the destruction of our planet.
Strasbourg/Brussels, July 7 - Friends of the Earth Europe welcomed the majority vote in European Parliament today in favour of the European directive to ban illegal timber from the European market. Friends of the Earth Europe has been campaigning for over ten years for this law, to save the world's forests and to make sure forest dependent people get a fair deal. Friends of the Earth Europe will continue to follow the implementation process, to ensure countries and companies turn it into an effective law.
Brussels, July 5 – In the week of the European Parliamentary vote for a new European timber law, over 120,000 European citizens have signed a petition asking European law makers to put a stop to the illegal timber trade. The petition was organised by Friends of the Earth Europe and global citzen's network Avaaz.org. Friends of the Earth Europe and Avaaz are calling on MEPs to ban illegally harvested timber and timber products from the EU market, ensure clear obligations for all timber operators and impose a minimum level of sanctions and penalties on offenders.
Brussels, March 15 – Friends of the Earth Europe warmly welcomes the ambitious targets on biodiversity policy after 2010 announced at today's Environment Council, which it says are major steps towards saving biological diversity at the European and global level. The EU has adopted the ambitious target of "halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible" and also of "stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss" by 2020.
Brussels, March 15 – 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and also the year in which the EU aimed and failed to halt the loss of biodiversity.
Brussels, February 3 – A leaked document from the European Commission reveals plans to allow the controversial use of palm oil as a biofuel by redefining palm plantations as 'forests'. The expansion of palm plantations is a major cause of tropical rainforest destruction.
The draft Commission guidance for EU countries also states that cutting down a rainforest and planting a palm plantation would be possible under EU laws aimed at stopping 'unsustainable' biofuels.