Opinion article by Susann Scherbarth of Friends of the Earth Europe, and Sean Sweeney of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy. First appeared on OpenDemocracy.
The US Congress has given the green light to start new trade negotiations with the European Union, raising concerns around potential impacts on EU agriculture.
While the European Commission is aiming for an industry-only deal, the US government is strongly pushing for agriculture to be included in any agreement. This would likely open up the same controversies around food safety and agriculture tariffs that helped sink previous EU-US trade talks.
A new horizon is opening for energy ownership and democracy in Europe. After a five-year-long campaign for community energy, pioneered by Friends of the Earth Europe, communities and households have won new EU rights to generate, consume and sell their own renewable energy.
The 'brave women of Kruščica', supported by Center for Environment/Friends of the Earth Bosnia & Herzegovina, have taken a big step forward towards winning their battle to save their river and water supply from the construction of two dams after a decisive legal victory. Following a complaint from the protestors, a regional court has annulled the permission to build the dams.
After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics in the EU. The agreed text is a significant step forward in tackling plastic pollution, but does not fully address the urgency of the plastics crisis, according to Rethink Plastic and Break Free From Plastic.
The European Parliament today voted to approve a 7-year extension of EU subsidies for climate-wrecking fossil gas projects, as part of the new budget.
While the climate emergency rightly takes more and more space in the political debate, it is still business-as-usual when opportunities to withdraw from fossil fuels come up, said Friends of the Earth Europe.
An extraordinary turtle nesting beach in Cyprus faces a make-or-break decision by EU environment chief Karmenu Vella that will determine whether threatened turtles can continue to breed successfully there.
As UN climate talks open this week, Friends of the Earth Europe warns time is running out to bring about an energy transformation to prevent climate breakdown.
The UN COP24 talks opened with nations set to adopt a 'just transition' declaration stressing the need for all countries to ensure a decent future and quality jobs for workers impacted by the energy transition.
A huge plastic dragon arrived in the EU quarter today, as the Rethink Plastic alliance called on EU decision-makers not to water down new laws to cut plastic pollution. The detail of the final agreement is currently being negotiated between the European Commission, Parliament and Council.
The European Commission today presented its analysis on how farmers can increase the cultivation of plant proteins in the EU, in an attempt to cut reliance on destructive overseas soy imports for animal feed.