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Durban climate talks significant but too weak to prevent global warming threat says Friends of the Earth

December 11th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth warns that the outcomes of the Durban climate talks are significant but too weak to prevent dangerous global warming. The current plans fall far short of the action scientists tell us is needed to slash emissions to prevent a five degree warming in global temperatures. This will leave millions at threat […]

Europe is more dependent on foreign land to provide it with products than any other region

October 10th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Europe is more dependent on foreign land to provide it with products such as food and clothes than any other region in the world, research published by Friends of the Earth reveals, as UN negotiations to regulate land-grabbing begin at the Rome summit. The report calculates different national and regional ‘land footprints’ – land used […]

Friends of the Earth calls on EU to show leadership on global warming

October 9th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth called on the EU to show leadership on global warming as nations renewed their attempts to reach agreement for international action on climate change at the UN climate negotiations in Panama which ended on Saturday 8 October 2011. The environmental campaign charity is urging EU environment ministers, who are meeting on […]

Friends of the Earth warns that aviation biofuel target risks food price rises

June 22nd, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Plans announced by the European aviation industry on 22 June 2011 to fuel its planes with two million tonnes of biofuels by 2020, has been criticised by Friends of the Earth. The announcement, which follows expert warnings about the impact of biofuels on food prices and world hunger, comes as G20 ministers meet in Paris […]

Expert advice can help G20 Agriculture meeting deal with soaring food prices says Friends of the Earth

June 21st, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

The G20 Agriculture meeting takes place on 22 June 2011.  In advance of this meeting, Friends of the Earth warns that rising food prices and large-scale hunger will only be prevented by overhauling the EU’s farming policy and ending biofuel targets and food commodity speculation. Ministers from the world’s 20 leading economies will meet in […]

Friends of the Earth responds to UK scientists putting a price on the value of nature to the UK economy and to UK well-being

June 2nd, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

A groundbreaking study by scientists that shows nature is worth billions of pounds Sterling to the UK economy has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth as “essential summer reading for all MPs and economists”. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), published by Defra on Thursday 2 June 2011, is the first ever UK […]

Friends of the Earth explains UK carbon budgets

May 17th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Under the Climate Change Act 2008 a legally binding target was set to reduce the UK’s emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Friends of the Earth led the successful campaign for the Climate Change Act. To ensure this target is met, a series of carbon budgets have […]

Friends of the Earth welcomes UK government acceptance of 4th carbon budget but concerned about ‘get-out clause’

May 17th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Confirmation on 17 May 2011 that the UK Government will accept its climate advisors’ call for significant cuts in UK carbon emissions by 2027 has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth – but the group warns that a ‘get-out clause’, which would enable Ministers to weaken UK climate targets if EU nations do not […]

A low carbon approach is vital to kick start and future proof our economy

February 1st, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Official UK figures published on Tuesday 1 February 2011 show that UK greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 8.7% in 2009. Responding to this, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said “Yes, emissions were down in 2009 but so was the economy so this is no time for back slapping. A low carbon approach has […]