13 January 2021

As Europe's farming sector faces up to the combined challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and an increasingly globalised market, a new generation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is being portrayed as a magical solution.

Some have suggested that these new genetically modified crops, animals and microbes should be exempt from GMO safety legislation, introduced to protect consumers and the environment from the risks posed by GMOs.

14 December 2020
As fires rage in the Amazon, record-breaking storms wreak havoc in Central America, and young people take to the streets to demand climate action, political leaders should be taking bold action to protect people and the environment.
3 December 2020

This analysis of national plans, policies and measures in six Central and Eastern European countries, reveals inadequate action to tackle energy poverty.

The report, prepared with Climate Action Network Europe and NGOs and researchers across Europe, finds that Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have failed to provide a clear definition of energy poverty in their national plans, and to set plans to tackle the problem - a bare minimum required by the EU.

30 October 2020

Community energy is key to action on the climate crisis, boosting local economies, and reinvigorating communities. But how to make it happen? This guide is here to walk you through it, step by step.

Gathering expertise from 27 projects around Europe, this handbook from Friends of the Earth, REScoop.eu, Energy Cities is packed with instructions, practical tips, powerful success stories and invaluable resources to build a local, community-led renewable energy revolution.

8 October 2020

This report shows the damage that the rise in factory farming in Europe is doing to the climate and human health, and advocates for a full phase out of factory farming in the EU by 2040.

5 October 2020

New research by the Fossil Free Politics campaign reveals a concerted lobbying effort by the fossil fuel industry during Covid-19 to win concessions for climate-damaging energy schemes, gain access to bailout funds, and weaken environmental standards. This is undermining climate action, the EU Green Deal and green recovery.

Bailing out fossil fuels is giving a free rein to polluting coal, oil and gas companies, and is incompatible with climate action.

1 September 2020

All around the world, businesses are responsible for human rights abuses and environmental harm, as underscored by the recent COVID-19 crisis.

Businesses must not be allowed to close their eyes to the impact of their business decisions on other actors in the chain. Voluntary measures have proved to be vastly insufficient, as recognised by the recent European Commission study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain.

7 July 2020

A critical flaw in the design of an EU law on energy infrastructure has helped the fossil fuel industry pocket over €1 billion in EU taxpayer funds for gas projects, according to new analysis from Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Action Europe.

18 June 2020

Over five decades, oil and gas extraction have caused large-scale, continued contamination of the water and soil in Ogoni communities.
The continued and systematic failure of oil companies and government to clean up have left hundreds of thousands of Ogoni people facing serious health risks, struggling to access safe drinking water, and unable to earn a living due to the contamination of waterways.

9 June 2020

Insects are in decline across the world because of industrial farming and heavy pesticide use which are threatening food production, according to the Insect Atlas released today by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Friends of the Earth Europe.

Insects keep the planet's ecological system running, and ensure our food supply - 75% of our most important crops depend on pollination by insects. Insects also improve soil quality and reduce plant pests by decomposing manure and dead plant matter.

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