Tag Archive for 'Friends of the earth'

Marks & Spencer backs call for UK National Bee Action plan

June 27th, 2013 by Friends of the Earth

On 27 June 2013, Marks and Spencer called on the UK Government to create a Bee Action Plan. The retailer joins businesses such as The Co-operative and B&Q, key scientists, 200 MPs from all parties, and tens of thousands of the British public asking for action on the issue. The call comes ahead of a summit […]

Friends of the Earth concerned about weed killer in peoples’ urine

June 13th, 2013 by Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth and GM Freeze have expressed concern that laboratory tests have found traces of the weed killer glyphosate in the bodies of people in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the UK. Urine tests of 182 volunteers in […]

Pesticide and herbicide risk to bees that are vital for our food supply

May 25th, 2012 by Friends of the Earth

According to the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010. Trends in the use of pesticides have varied strongly between UK crops over the past five years but overall pesticide use rose 6.5% due to increasing treatment intensity on a number of crops including those […]

Leeds Metropolitan University launching Sustainability Institute

March 7th, 2012 by Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University is launching a centre that will promote environmental improvements and undertake research into reducing the impact of the built environment. The Leeds Sustainability Institute will tackle the challenges of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies to enable society and its infrastructure to become sustainable. Jonathon Porritt, the former Director of Friends […]

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 […]

Tony Juniper spearheads new British renewable energy campaign

October 6th, 2011 by RenewableUK

Tony Juniper, the Former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, Tony Juniper, has been appointed Chairman of Action for Renewables (A4R), an unprecedented alliance of NGOs, trade unions, grassroots activists and industry bodies to campaign for the expansion of renewable energy. Making his first public statement as Chairman of A4R, Tony Juniper said “the […]

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 […]