It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland as it unveils a new campaign to save the bee.
The new figure – equivalent to the annual wages of 60,000 teachers – comes from research conducted by leading bee experts at the University of Reading on behalf of the environment charity as it launches The Bee Cause to call for action on bees before it's too late.
A project by Friends of the Earth Czech Republic/Hnutí DUHA Olomouc to support the return of large carnivores in the Beskydy Mountains, West Carpathians, has won a worldwide conservation competition.
Thanks to strong public support, the project beat 6 other projects in the 'Nature' category to win the competition organised by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
Friends of the Earth Czech Republic will now receive financial support from EOCA for its work to protect endangered bears, wolves and lynx.
Brussels, February 2 - Substantial environmental and social harm is being caused by controversial projects costing billions of euros of EU money, according to research published today by Friends of the Earth Europe and CEE Bankwatch Network .
Europe’s Environment Ministers met yesterday in Brussels with three of Europe’s, and the world’s, most pressing environmental challenges on the agenda – biodiversity, resource-use and climate change. On all three fronts, their responses are inadequate to address the scale of these global challenges, says Friends of the Earth Europe.
Brussels, November 17, 2011 – Increasing the use of biofuels in Europe will have devastating impacts on wildlife a new scientific assessment has shown. 
The report by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) estimates that 85 percent of biodiversity will be damaged across 17,000 square kilometres of natural habitats that risks being converted to farmland as a result of EU biofuel targets. None of this will be protected under current EU legislation for biofuels.
Today, after nearly three years of campaigning from Friends of the Earth Croatia, the Croatian Parliament has abolished a law that allowed golf courses to abuse and even side step environmental regulation.
Following sustained public pressure from Friends of the Earth Croatia/Zelena Akcija alongside a number of other environmental groups, the Croatian Parliament finally adopted the proposal from the Croatian Government.
Friends of the Earth Cyprus exposed two of the three largest criminal gangs controlling illegal and non-selective bird trapping and killing in Cyprus. The Anti-Poaching Squad and the Game Fund and Wildlife Management Service located the two gangs and organised the immediate arrest of the leading trappers. At the same time, a top restaurant serving illegal birds, discovered in October 2010, received the largest fine possible from the Cypriot court. Work continues to expose further restaurants involved in this illegal trade.
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.